In my 945 days post I shared my victorious first outing alone with my son.
We hit a new milestone today.
729 days ago Oliver started daycare. We were really lucky to have our cousin Brittney care for him until he was 8 months old. The thought of leaving this sweet face alone with strangers all day broke my heart. So the very first morning when we dropped him off I sobbed like a baby.
Over the past two years we have established a routine. Since my job was downtown and parking was a small fortune, my husband and I started carpooling. We’d ride together, drop off Oliver and then go to work. This was perfect since I could not carry his carseat and I liked being part of the drop off experience.
I wanted to know his teachers, ask the questions my husband never would and be able to see that our boy was in good hands.
Most of the time this was ideal.
However, there were days when I got out of work early. My son was sick and needed to come home. My husband had to travel for work. I wanted to be able to swing in and pick him up but I couldn’t. It was so annoying. I was constantly arranging help or waiting around on others.
Today I decided on a whim to try and get him myself. He’s older now. He listens fairly good and can walk with me to the car himself. His teacher knew this was a milestone so she peeked around the corner to make sure we got in the car okay but let us fend for ourselves.
WE DID IT.
I told Oliver about the awesome team we are as we drove home and snapped a quick shot while waiting at a stop light. He loved it and shrieked, take another mama!
Yeah, we probably could have tried this sooner, but the routine we established when we first became parents has become life. It’s just what we do. I need to remind myself more often that I can be more independent now and try new things with Oliver alone.
I saw this quote on Facebook today and it seemed fitting.
You must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. -Christopher Robin to Pooh Bear