Saturday, November 8

It's a Tough One

My little pun'kin all year round!

Every day millions of dads and moms return to work after having a little one at home for a few days, weeks or even months. I can now join the ranks of them and truly testify that it's not easy going back. My first day back at work was a week and a half and it truly took a toll on me, both emotionally and physically. 

Tuesday was a 1/2 day trial run and Wednesday was the real-deal and I can say both days I was barely able to step foot outside of daycare's door before the waterworks kicked in high gear. I was a big mess. Now, don't get me wrong, I knew I was leaving my little man in great hands. And I knew he wouldn't get lost in a sea of toddling little ones as there are only 6 children at daycare (and 2 are his cousins), it was just this feeling of whether or not I was making the right choice. These are his biggest developmental years and I'm trusting that to another human being for 8 hours of the day. That requires a lot of trust.

My emotions have been a roller coaster since. Doesn't matter if I'm a work or home with my little emotional wheels are turning. Eek! Double Eek!

Watching him and being able to witness his each and every day development is probably the greatest gift I have every received. My passion for education, growth and development thrives on seeing Max make new strides every day. It's a beautiful thing.

He truly is coming into his own. He's discovering his hands and arms, legs and ears - it is quite adorable watching him figure it out. I'm greeted almost every morning with a smile and a little coo as I walk in his room to get him ready for the day. The sounds he makes are music to my ears and seeing that smile is proof that he feels safe and loved -- and that means everything to me.

Check out a few of his adorable little moments.

Eeking out the last moments on the deck.

A visit from Grandma Hooch

Always so happy-go-lucky!

Uncle Paul gives us a glance into the future

First family photo
Showin' y'all the seriousness of voting

Daddy and Max pooped after a whirlwind week