Monday, June 19, 2006
Today I met with a new mom, the new mom who will be entrusting her 3 month old with me when school starts back up in the fall. I really look forward to spending time with a little sweet baby. But as we talked I could tell by her comments that she is dreading that day that she will actually leave her little pride and joy with me. Its such a double edged sword. I felt like shaking her and saying "don't go back to work, you'll never get this time back!" I really have been fortunate to not have to ever leave my kids in childcare, I never really had the desire to. I can't imagine the feelings that go along with it. I think of all the feelings I had postpartum, the worries, the emotions, I can't imagine adding leaving my little baby with someone I don't even know very well. The difficult decisions we face as mothers. I tried to encourage her to continue breastfeeding, because that is a bond that only she can have with her daughter. She worries that her baby will call me mom, and she'll miss the milestones. I hope I can remind this little one everyday of how much her mommy loves her, and even though she is at work she thinks about her constantly. Any ideas how I can help this adjustment for the both of them would be appreciated.