Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maternity leave is over

Oh how I wish it weren't true, but my maternity leave is officially over.  In fact, it was over 2 days ago.  Today marks day 3 of work for me.  

How was leaving Luke on Monday at daycare for the first time?

     SO HARD!  Sunday evening I started to cry when I rocked him to sleep while he was eating his bottle.  I rocked him a little bit longer than normal after his bottle just to enjoy some extra cuddles.  Then when lying in bed while trying to fall asleep I cried again and asked Andy, "He will be ok, right?"  That morning he woke up around 4am to eat.  I got up and dressed him for the day.  I then sat down in his rocker and fed him.  Keeley and Smokey decided to join us on the rocker too.  It was such a sweet moment that I was joined together with all 3 of my babies.  I teared up a little bit while feeding him knowing that in just 2 short hours I'd be dropping my baby off.  The drive to the daycare (which is a whopping 5 minutes) wasn't bad and getting into the daycare and setting him up wasn't bad either.  The moment that I was saying my goodbye's was TOUGH!!!!  Tears started and I felt so guilty in leaving him at daycare.  I walked out of the daycare with Andy (were still carpooling to work) and cried for another minute in the car.  I then started the car and we drove off.  I cried for another minute or two and then I calmed myself down.  Having me drive helped keep my mind off of the fact that I just left my baby at daycare and won't see him for another 10 hours.  

How many times did you call the daycare to check up on Luke?

     Once at 10 AM.  Andy actually asked me if I had called yet and I hadn't.  So I picked up the phone and called.  They said he was doing great and nothing to worry about.

How many times did your co-workers ask how you are doing today?

     Too many times to count but to be honest it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.  The hardest part was dropping him off that morning.  After that I was pre-occupied with people welcoming me back to work and asking about him and how he was doing.  Work also pre-occupied me.  

How fast did you drive home that night to get him?

     Not too bad actually.  I would have driven faster but I really didn't want to run the risk of getting a speeding ticket.

Did the drive feel like it took forever after you left work to go pick Luke up?

     Not really!  I thought it would feel like that but it really didn't.  I actually got out of work 15 minutes late and then went to pick up Andy and then we headed home to get our baby!  We chose a daycare that's really close to our home rather than close to our work.

How did it feel to see Luke in the daycare that afternoon?

     AWESOME!!!!  I actually didn't even notice where he was located in the room and asked where he was.....(isn't that awful!).  It was hard to see where he was because the room can have a maximum of 10 babies in there and I am pretty sure all 10 babies were there that day!  He was napping in a bouncer.  I picked him up and gave him so many kisses!

Did you let Andy even hold him that night?

     Yes, but it was for maybe 5 minutes....LOL!

How did Luke do on his first day of daycare?

     He did great!  He eats like a champ so I knew we had no worries there.  The only thing is, he doesn't sleep real well there.  I think it's because he isn't use to being there and being in a new environment he wants to be more awake.  The longest stretch of sleep that day was an hour and a half.

Did you cry anymore that day?

     Nope!!  I just cuddled all evening long with my baby until it was time for a bath and bed.  We kept him up 40 minutes longer than normal because I just wasn't ready to give him up to bedtime yet.  :)  He actually was so tired from not sleeping much during the day that he zonked out on Mommy.  I was more than fine with some nap snugs.

Morning 2 of going to daycare
He looks thrilled, right!?!
He was actually pretty happy and smiling for Mommy that morning!

How was day 2 drop off?

     I actually didn't drop him off.  Andy was working from home and he took him to daycare and I picked him up that night.  Picking him up at daycare was awesome.  I found him right away in his room and when I picked him up he was all smiles for Mommy!  I guess he really does know who I am.  :)  LOVE!!!!!!  

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Jen said...

Awww I love that he was all smiles for you, he definitely knows who his mommy is. :)

StephTheBookworm said...

Sounds like he is doing really well there so that's always a relief. I'm sorry to hear how hard it was for you though! I'm sure I will be the exact same way when I go back to work too.

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