After a long weekend, I had a short, but busy first week at my new job. Flights were good, meetings were good, and I really like my new coworkers. Everything was really great!
Since my flight was not until 10:30am on Tuesday, I was able to go with Chris to drop Jack off for his first day of school. He knew something was up and that we were going somewhere when he was dressed and being put into the car around 8:00am. We listened to music and I explained to him that Mommy was going to work and that Daddy would come to get him at the end of the day.
It was tough leaving him, but he immediately began playing with the trucks and the other kids and never blinked an eye. He was in his element. We got him sorted out and ready for the day, and he looked at us and smiled as I kissed him goodbye and told him that I loved him.
Once I left and the plane was taking off, my first view out the window was my husband’s office and the daycare. That is when I promptly lost it. The fear and the emotions set in as I realized that this would be the first time that I would leave Jack for more than a few hours.
I have to admit that it was strange to go to dinner, in a car, or go to sleep without Jack. I was always so used to eating a cold meal, or making sure that all of his needs were met and haven’t really had time like that to myself in a long while.
Since being away, I feel as if I was able to recharge my batteries, and that the absence between myself, Chris and Jack absolutely strengthened our love for each other. It also made it more apparent that Chris can absolutely handle the time as a single parent when I am called elsewhere for this job.
We did FaceTime on our iPhones while I was away and Jack loved being able to talk to me, blow me kisses, and show me his shoes. However, it did cause for him to run to the door to see if I was there. Tears came when I was getting of of the phone.
My excitement to come home had me awake by 4:00am on Friday and ready to be covered in kisses and cuddles for the rest of the day.
When I finally landed, I jumped in the car and headed to the daycare to get Jack. His face upon seeing me was something that I will never forget. It was as if I was a huge ice cream cone and Jack had just walked across the desert to get to me. I breathed him in. I felt his soft skin and held him close as he cried and clung to my arm. He had really missed me.
We came home and my plans for the day were to cuddle with him, play with trucks and go for a nice walk when Chris came home. Jack wasn’t really himself, so after a high temp reading and seeing that he was a mess, we went over to the doctor. He has a little virus and is not feeling good in the slightest, so we spent the rest of the day and night cuddling with cold compresses, drinking juice and watching The Wiggles. The doctor said that the virus will run its course, but I am so glad that I can be home to care for him when he needs me most.
All in all, it was a great first week and I look forward to seeing what this coming week has to bring. It would also be awesome if Jack’s fever went away quickly.