Monday, July 18, 2011

Big Changes

I returned to my job last week. Going back to work outside the home wasn't something that was definately in the plans during my maternity leave, but the safety net was there, just in case. We are fortunate to have found great child care we trust and so far Anna has adjusted beautifully. It was a wonderful 16 months at home I had, but I do admit that it was getting a touch lonely with my other mommy friends returning to work.

Since starting care last week has Anna graduated from being a few steps here and there walker, to a fully fledged toddler who is walking about 90% of the time. Hubby and I thought this day would never come and it's so exciting to see her toddle around. I'm sure the first scraped knees/hands/face will be traumatic but for now she's fairly cautious. A bonus to her taking nearly 2 months to primarly walk, is that her balance is excellent.

I was quite worried about her napping away from me, since she's always napped in the car or via nursing. But her sitter, J, takes her for a walk in the stroller and she conks out for 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon. I was also worried about her reverse cycling and wanting to nurse all night to make up for me being away but she's good with nursing in the morning and a couple times in the evening during the week.

I worry about how her naps will transition once she's at a new daycare this fall, but I'm sure we'll figure that out, with hopefully not too many tears. Weaning has been at the back of my mind when I think about how tied Anna is to me when it comes to the majority of her sleep, but I don't believe that weaning her just for that reason is fair. It's something we both enjoy.