Today was my now 16 month old's second day of Mother's Day Out. As you remember I was freaked out last week dropping her off, thinking I was going to get a call on my cell phone to come back and get her. After all, it was her first time EVER to be left alone in a strange place without me. And she's only been babysat at her home with my mother or sister watching her. No strangers.
So today I wasn't as afraid to drop her off, BUT I was scared she would just 'know' this was the "bad place that mommy brings me and doesn't come back for a few hours". Because to a 16 month old, 3 hours is like 3 days! I dropped her off and no tears. Yay! But I still picked her up early before nap. They had taken her to the office before naptime so she did not disturb her friends trying to fall asleep. When I picked her up, she reached for me and cried for a second. I think the cry was a cry of relief. She clung to me and her paci, the rest of the day.
As much as I would still rather have her at home with me during this short time in her life of being at home, I have realized she needs to learn to be away from me for a little while. Little by little she is going to have to get used to life without her 'mommy.' I think that's one of the hardest parts of a being a mom- letting go. I love the snugs, and cuddles with her and could hug her all day, but I know she needs to learn her independence.
Especially the whole attachment issue, like I discussed here. Attachment is so important, so it takes balancing it all out and making sure they are securely attached to you, but at the same time