Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Mommy Milestone

I did it! I officially completed a 3 day camp for the Munchkin. A drop off, leave for 3 hours, and pick up, kind of camp. I actually allowed someone other than family to watch her, and she didn't die an awful death, bust her head open, or choke on a grape while I was gone. All very good things. They would have had some serious explaining to do if she would have escaped the front gate, gone out the front door and taken off with someone that was not on the approved pick up list (me), I would not have been happy! Yes, all of these scenarios went through my head.

I knew that a little time away from each other would do us both some good. She was able to build her independence and her confidence knowing that I would come back and get her. And for me? Well, I got to spend 3 days "hanging with my Homies" shopping at the mall, having lunch, and getting pedicures. I got a haircut and brow wax, and even made it in and out of Target and WalMart in record time.

This does not mean that either of us is ready for this type of separation on a regular basis. Today she was a little clingy and on the ride to the gym kept saying "Mama come too?" So I knew that 3 days in row was pushing it, not to mention that by about 10:30 everyday I was ready to have her back, can we say "Co-Dependent?"

So, she was body slammed by a little girl bigger than her, put in a head lock, face down in the ball pit by same girl, and had some mysterious scratches on her arm today. We both made it through this venture in one piece, and without losing sanity.

I will end by saying that there isn't anything sweeter than the look on her face when she saw me come back to get her, a genuine happiness to see me, followed by "miss you" and lots of kisses, that alone might be worth the time a part...... maybe.

14 comments:

Catwoman said...

Did the little girl who tried to strangle munchkin show up at Little Man's day care today? Because he got bit today. Maybe got injured out of solidarity for munchkin?

I'm a Mom!..? said...

I hate Bullies, the Munchkin is going to be such a wuss!

Smiling Mom said...

Was it harder for you than her? It's always harder for me to leave them than for the kids!

I'm a Mom!..? said...

Definitely, I'm such a sap!

Mama Zen said...

That first time is the hardest thing in the world!

Sarene said...

Thanks for posting a comment on my blog! Hope you'll visit often! Congratulations on your baby's first days at camp :-)

Mommapeas said...

Congratulations! At least with these baby steps it's easier than sending them off to school with relative strangers for 8 hours to kindergarten

andi said...

Thanks for popping by my blog!

It's amazing how they can survive without us for a few hours, isn't it?

Blue Momma said...

Punkin' has been in day care or MDO for most of the time since he was 6 months old, but it still bothers me to leave him.

And the days when he starts playing and doesn't even want to tell me bye? Just. Kills. Me.

Super B's Mom said...

So tough - even after four years. You are right - that "look" in the afternoon is worth more than all the gold in the world.

Bullies stink.

la bellina mammina said...

That must be like a test...especially when you can't call and talk to her?

tAnYeTTa said...

Awwwwwwwwwww......you're a great momma.

By the way, you helped me figure out why my blog was locking up.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, The Joys said...

Congratulations! That is a major milestone for you!!

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Thanks. You've made me feel so much better. We start MDO next week. I think I will be the one crying. Cause, son's already said he likes school because they have toys.