September is always a horrible, difficult time after the long Summer hols. Also, it's a long term and the half term seems so far away. This time last year I was about 6 weeks pregnant and in 2008 i got pregnant at the very start of term, so both those years those 7 or 8 weeks until half term were awful! When are you starting maternity leave? Just count down until that! Have you thought about applying for part time when you come back to work? I did and i went back 0.5 after my first, which was great as I still had loads of time to spend with my son. It had its drawbacks - no classroom of my own, all the bottom sets etc - but spending that extra time with my little boy made it worth it. I'm taking a year off with my daughter so I still have another 7 months left, and then i'll be back 0.5 again.