Natalie’s been in daycare since she was three months old but almost everyday I struggle with dropping her off and going to work. She absolutely loves daycare but I wish she didn’t have to go everyday. I’m not so secretly jealous of those who get to stay home or at least be home a few days a week to be with their little ones. I know staying at home is a lot of work and going to work may be almost easier but it doesn’t make it easier for me. It breaks my heart when she asks to read a book and were running late and my response is “mommy has to get ready for work” or “we will read it later”.
I only get to see her for about an hour in the morning and about 2 1/2 hours at night before she goes to bed so I try to make the most of our time together. In the morning, we will both sit and have breakfast together, play and read books together, and get ready together (she likes to brush her hair when I’m doing mine or will pretend to put on make up when I’m putting mine on). When we get home from daycare I will try to put my phone away so that way my focus and attention is completely on her and my husband. We will play for a little outside or take a walk if it is nice. If not, we will play inside before making and having dinner together. After dinner, we play some more or take a tub and then read as many books as possible (she loves reading!) before bed. After she goes to bed, I’ll do any laundry or cleaning since I want to spend the time when she is awake with her.
With my second coming, I’m sure the time we have will be even crazier but I’m excited for it!