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Needing Mommie

My son Walker was invited to a party for his friend across the street who turned six this weekend. With a bouncy house and beautiful weather, it was a perfect day for a party.

It occured to me before the party that this may be my little guy's first drop off and leave event, but I wasn't sure. Once we arrived, it looked like some of the moms and dads were, in fact, leaving, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. My little guy still hasn't turned five yet, and most of the kids there were a little bit older but he was busy jumping in the bounce house, so I decided to walk back to the house to catch up on my to-do list.

About five minutes later, the mom across the street showed up on my front porch with Walker because he was looking for mommie. He wasn't in tears, but just wanted me there with him.

So, I guess he's not quite ready for drop-off-and-leave yet. Or maybe it's because I didn't tell him where I was going. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding if I should sneak off without him noticing, or say goodbye.

We walked back over and as long as I was in the range of his vision, he was good to go.
Guess he isn't too old for mommie yet.

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This photo just makes me smile. The neighbors have a puppy from the same breeder we do, and she's not quite one year old. She was pooped after the party and plopped down under the table in the middle of everything and decided to take a nap.

Comments

  1. I always had a phobia about leaving mine at birthday parties because there are so many other kids to watch...

    Glad he still needs you:)

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  2. I always said good-bye. I didn't know how to handle that and my pediatrician at that time told me it builds that trust when you say good-bye and tell them you'll be back! Just leaving is more worrisome to them than knowing that you've left and will be back.
    I think it's great that you went back! I bet some of the other children are in kindergarten, so they are used to being without mommy. xoxo

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  3. I can so relate...we're almost at that 4 1/2 year old stage and it's touch and go with whether or not he wants mom or not. Adam actually did have a drop n' go party at a nature center for one of his school friends. Everyone attending was school friends and some school "teachers" so I felt fairly certain he'd be OK. But, just to make sure, my husband dropped him off {'cause he loves dad but doesn't pine for him} and I picked him up. The following Monday it became clear how many of the moms had the same dad/drop plan and we were all laughing about it.

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  4. Can I just say that it's almost impossible to read your post when you have incredible photos like that? I immediately look at the photos!

    Poor Walkie-- you're a good mommy!

    And Lucy girl! She's tuckered out!

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  5. I love that first picture...it could be a greeting card!!!

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  6. What a sweet boy! I'm glad to see he had such a nice time at the party. Beautiful pictures - I love the one of the puppy, she looks worn out! :)

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  7. So cute. I'm still in that stage with our 4 yr. old. Do you tell them you are leaving? will they want you to stay? Hard, but eventually it will get easier. The photos are great. My favorite is the one on the hammock. It almost looks like it could go in a catalog or magazine!

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  8. love the photos of the party! i'm so jealous of y'alls fantastic weather. your little one is so sweet!

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