Last night, I experienced my first ‘baby-less’ evening since Emily was born. We left Emily with her grandparents while Daniel and I went to a friend’s wedding. I had no idea what to expect – how Emily would react….how I would react. Emily has gone through a few stages of ‘mommy-itis’ – where being more than 5 feet from me resulted in screaming and crying. Luckily, she is not in this stage right now and she had a wonderful night with her grandparents. She did not cry once.
I must admit, I might have had a bit of ‘Emily-itis’ last night. I thought of her constantly, talked about her at every and any opportunity and was eager to get back to her. But I was so happy to see her sleeping peacefully on the couch beside her grandparents when we came to pick her up. It was such a relief to know that she was happy without us….but I wonder – did she EVER think of me? Did she wonder if I’d come back?
Maybe babies need a break from their parents every once in a while as well. It gives them a chance to experience new surroundings, new ways to play and helps them to get to know other important people in their lives. Whatever the case, I am happy that I have reached this motherhood milestone and leaving her the next time will be a little easier.