A Mom's Milestone: Leaving Baby for the First Time

As a mom, it’s easy for me to speak of the milestones that Macks has accomplished these past five months. Smiling, rolling over, and laughing are so easy and exciting to share with everyone. What’s not shared as much is the milestones that we make as moms.

Tomorrow will mark a huge milestone that I make with Macks. It’s going to be the first time that I am leaving him with a babysitter. To say that I am nervous about it is an understatement. My stomach is in knots just thinking about it. Usually I’m worried about separation anxiety with my baby from me, not the other way around.

I’ve gone over it a million times in my head, trying to think of a way that I can get around leaving him with a babysitter tomorrow, but it has to be done. It’s only a matter of time before I am going to have to leave him for work. I’m very fortunate to be able to work from home, but there are some days when I need to leave for an all-day meeting, and tomorrow is one of those days.

As a stay-at-home mom of three, I thought that I would be excited to get a day to myself sans kids, even if it was for work. But to be honest, I couldn’t be less excited. I know that it will be good for me and alone time as a mom is absolutely necessary. It will become easier as the day goes by, and the reunion at the end of the day is going to be filled with so much happiness.

We often don’t celebrate the accomplishments that we make as parents because we are so focused on the accomplishments of our little ones. But it’s time to pat ourselves on the back for those hurdles that we cross, just like we do for our children. Leaving my son for an entire day for the first time is very difficult for me. It’s one that requires preparation, both physical and mental. Although my milestone isn’t one of laughing or rolling over, it is an accomplishment that I’ve made as a mother. And that’s something to be celebrated.

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