Holiday Fallout


Who’s brilliant idea was it to take these lovely vacations that would mean missing daycare? Sigh. While my parents were the actual instigators (reserving the cabins without asking me, first), I figured that Potamus had a few vacation days (free week off from daycare without paying) to use up, so we might as well miss some days. He only goes on Monday/Wednesdays, so I figured it’d be no big deal, right?

Can I just tell you, that there is NOTHING that prepared me for the sadness of coming across my itty bitty boy standing in the middle of the playground with his friends, crying. Snot-nosed, bawling, with all these happy friendly other kids around. The ten days without daycare has left him, both days this week very sad, with the teachers saying “he cried most of the day.”

Break my heart in a million pieces why don’t you?

I mean, typically he’s happy when I go to pick him up, and only starts crying when he sees me. One teacher, who was subbing in (she used to work with him in the infant room), said “I’ve never seen him this sad all day since he first started.” Again, knife in the heart. Clearly the transition back to school is going to be harder after vacation than I thought…and I’m trying to just chalk it up to ‘lessons learned,’ but I feel so bad about him being separated from me for 8 hours…especially when I KNOW that I could actually be watching him…sigh…mama guilt…

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3 Comments

  1. Same thing going on here with my daughter. She and Potamus are roughly the same age and I know this is a time when separation anxiety and other social issues can set in as they become more aware of their surroundings. Hopefully this too shall pass, right?

      • I’m writing a post on this very subject right now! It does stink, but if I remember, they get through it relatively quickly… but then again every kid is different. The communication piece is really tough. My son was a really early talker so we didn’t go through some of these same issues with him b/c he could let us know what was going on verbally. With my daughter, she is so mushy and attached to us right now! Breaks my heart a ton.

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