Updated: Oct 29, 2018
The time has come for me to begin working again in second grade as Ms. Prickett. I knew the time would fly by and I wish time would stop just to have a few more days with my baby girl. Sadly, my maternity leave is up and she is going to start daycare.
My little ham is going to experience so many new things, new people and make new friends. I have so many emotions I actually wrote this a week before her big day in fear that I wouldn't be able to type it all out.
I don't even know what to feel at this moment. I love the daycare we found and the people who are a part of it. It's small and quiet and it has everything you hope for in a daycare facility. I would be lying if I said I'm excited to return to work.
I guess it's normal to feel this way even though I haven't talked to many moms about it. Normally, when someone asks me when I go back to work their response is, "It's so hard." (gee, thanks.) and we quickly change the subject.
Am I afraid? In some ways, yes. I'm afraid she will miss me and won't like it. I also know that she won't know the difference after awhile and it's ME I have to be more worried about. Once she adjusts she will have fun and grow a loving bond with the staff like I form with my elementary school kiddos.
In other ways, I'm not afraid. I researched and felt I went with a school that made me feel happy, safe and comfortable. I know that there are horror stories about child care and I have worked in daycares myself. I know the ins and outs of what it takes to operate a business with babies. It all comes down to the staff loving the children.
I could sit here dwell on everyone's horror story (like I did with everyone's pregnancy and labor stories) or I can give it up to Him to make sure she is safe.
Easton is growing so fast that I wish time would stop. I want to wake up every morning with giving her a bottle, laying her next to me in bed and be with my chunky monkey after daddy goes off to work. I love to roll over and see her smiling at me when the sun wakes us up.
Now, we will be leaving before the sun rises and we will both be tired by the end of the day. My only hope is that I can make up for lost time during holiday breaks and summer vacation. Easton, my beautiful (almost) 5 month old, you will love daycare and learn so much.
Love always, Mom.
Are you getting ready to leave your munchkin at daycare? What worried you the most? I'd love to connect with moms and their babies!