Since Adele moved into the Pooh Bear room at daycare in November, saying goodbye has always been a bit of a snugglefest. She helps me put her lunch in the refrigerator, take off her coat, and stash anything that needs put away. Then, we snuggle and smooch for awhile before I hand her off to one of the teachers. That teacher then carries her over to the window, and she waves goodbye and blows kisses as I leave. Such a sweet little routine.
Well, since Monday of this week, Adele has been quick to just join in the fun when we get to her room. She’s still interested in poking around in the fridge while I unpack her lunch, but then she just wants to play with her friends. I can barely get a kiss. And, twice this week she didn’t even go to the window to wave goodbye.
Oh my. This is hard on a mama’s heart.
It’s like Adele discovered a new confidence and assuredness after a weekend with no mommy and daddy. Don’t get me wrong — I’m thrilled that she’s comfortable at her daycare and grateful that she enjoys playing with her friends there so much. But, I know this is just the first of many tiny little (and enormous) steps she’ll take away from me in the coming years.
For now, I’ll be thankful that when I pick her up at the end of the day, she squeals and runs at me with arms wide open.