I am so thankful I had these 14 weeks to spend 100% with my girl. We did lots of snuggling in The Big Bed (yup, morning naps are of the co-sleeping variety), took many trips to Target, and spent lots of time walking around the house... I point stuff out and she laughs.
Tomorrow is my first day back to work and her first day at daycare. I'm not excited to go back to work, but I'm not upset about having to take her to daycare.
I totally thought I'd be more stressed out... you always hear about how hard it is to leave your kid with stangers so you can go to work all day. Obviously I'd rather be home with my girl, no question there. But I like our daycare. I like the director, I like our lead teacher, and I like the room she will be in. And last week we did "practice drop off" (Ryan & I left her there for about 2 hours just to practice) and she was happy when we left and happy when we came back. I could see her looking at the other kids and just taking it all in.... and I immediately felt 100% ok with the situation. I mean, I had to be somewhat ok with it because we can't live the lifestyle we want on just one salary, but I really felt good about our daycare choice and Baby Girl's ability to be happy there.
The whole "working mom" thing... it's a new adventure. And wow, my work days are going to be so much easier to get through knowing I have this to look forward to every day when I leave at 5pm:
In case you couldn't tell, that is a Very Snuggly Baby. And that giraffe? That's Janet, and she is the best. And now you'll have to excuse me.... that Very Snuggly Baby and I have some last day of maternity leave Target shopping to do.