Well the time has come to say good bye to maternity leave and hello reality. I can honestly say that I think I am ready to go back to work and get back into the groove of things but I am NOT ready to leave Ava. I don't think any parent looks forward to dropping their child off at day care. There are always those "what ifs".
* What if she forgets who I am?
* What if her teacher isn't nice?
* What if she gets sick?
* What if she cries and no one tends to her needs?
The list could be endless if I let. I have tried really hard to not "create" a long list of what ifs in my head or even think about them. Some days are harder than others, but on the hard days I turn to God and pray about it.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Someone asked me if I had a count down for when I go back to work. My answer was ABSOLUTELY NOT! Instead I have treasured every minute of every day with Ava and enjoyed our time together. When I start to worry I think about all the wonderful things we have done together while being on maternity leave.
We baked goodies and danced in the kitchen...
We played dress up...
We cuddled and rocked on the front porch...
We played under the tree out back...
We went shopping, had lunch with friends and some weeks Joey surprised us and took off on Friday to spend the day with us...
We had story time...
We loved, laughed, smiled, cried, and created some of the best memories as a family. It truly was an amazing time. Leaving her at day care is going to be one of the hardest things ever. There are a few things that will help make this next step in our journey a little easier.
I have been so blessed to be able to stay home with Ava these past few months and I look forward to the new memories ahead. For now I am going to forget about work starting on Monday and enjoy my little family.
What are some things that help you deal with leaving your child at daycare? Any advice welcomed and needed!