Wow! You had the most fun ever today and you didn’t even need me. I’m so used to be right there with you. Helping you along. Joining in. Not today. You were on your own and you wouldn’t have it any other way!
You climbed and slid. You ran from toy to toy and laughed and squealed…and all without me. While I was so happy for you and I could have enjoyed sitting and talking to my friends; I was sad. I was watching you totally entertain yourself and have wild fun with no help whatsoever from me. I wanted to interrupt your play and get in on the fun, but I knew you were in your own world. Your own thoughts and ideas. You need that. You don’t always need me holding your hand…although I want to. It’s hard letting go. It’s hard knowing that you need your own space, but it’s good for you. I celebrate and support your independence.
There was a moment when you were in an inflatable and you reached your little hand out to me. I thought you wanted your sippy cup, but you wanted me. You pulled me in. We ran and we bounced. I chased you and we laughed. We fell down together and I squeezed you tight. One really good squeeze. I tickled you and you giggled. Maybe you do still want me around, but I’ll be sure to not hold on so tight.