Don't be fooled by that Nars Heat Wave covered smile you see...the minute I left the daycare leaving my little man behind I balled and balled all the way to work. Probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
And it wasn't like Liam was upset - no, he was smiling at his new teacher, being held and chewing away on his hands. In fact, I think he'll really enjoy being around other tiny people more his size (at least here's hoping).
And of course when I was pregnant, my husband and I toured several daycares and we picked this one. We like this one.
But he has been my whole world for 3 months (or 1 year counting in utero) and now I'm missing every little smile and tear. I can't hear his little coos and the sound of him trying to talk to me or his little grunts as he eats. I can't cuddle him or smell him.
I'm devastated missing him.
In the end, we all made it through. He was taking a little siesta when I picked him up and after he came out of his daze gave me those coveted smiles. He remembered me, and his daddy.
I know it'll get better. With time, it'll be easier to be away from him. Many many moms do this everyday. I can too, right? Time to buck up.
Other working mamas - what are your coping strategies?
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