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Today was so bittersweet. I woke up this morning and sent my boys off to school. They will be tackling Kindergarten, 2nd grade and 4th grade this year and I am hopeful that they’ll remain in the classroom the entire year – although I am not optimistic about it.
It was really hard because they were excited and I was excited for them and I could definitely use the break for a bit, but it was sad and scary too. I have been with my kids for the last 5 months. COVID forced me to be a homeschool mom for a couple months and then we had our summer break. I have been with my children every single day since school closed 5 months ago. Having them home with me gave me a sense of control and comfort because they were right in front of me. I could see who they were interacting with and what they were doing.
I felt a bit of a gut punch as they climbed out of the van this morning. I felt like I was losing all control. This is not a feeling I like at all. This virus doesn’t seem to be impacting young children like it does adults, but I still can’t help but be a bit nervous because my kids haven’t been in many public settings since March. They have basically been to the ballfields, their grandmas and home. I know that the schools will do everything they can to keep them safe, but there is only so much they can do.
It was also a bit rough for several other reasons, as well. Seeing these tiny kids with these masks on their face. It doesn’t sit well and it makes me sad that our world has turned into this. There is so much contradicting information about the masks and it makes it hard to know what is right as a parent. They also don’t get to see their friends from other classes at all during the day (they are required to stay with their classroom only all day long) and I know that it was disappointing to them.
I worry about the impact all these changes to regular school are going to have on them. I am concerned about whether they’ll stay in the classroom all year or if they will be forced to go virtual. I can’t help but worry about their weakened immune systems right now due to not being around people much for the last 5 months. It all just gives me anxiety. We have no control right now and it is very hard to parent under these circumstances. You want what is best for your kids and there is no way to know what that is. If you’re reading this and feeling these same stressors – know you’re not alone. We are all in this together as parents!!!
In the meantime, take your mind off of all this craziness and scroll through and look at just how cute this precious baby is!!! It’s just the thing you need to brighten your day!
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