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Rachel vs. The Nursery

I don't know how people can work and have kids.  Not in a judgmental way, not at all, it just seems really painful to leave them everyday.  I mean I am grateful for it, because it allows me to stay home and spend time with some awesome kids, but I don't know that I would like it at all.

Michael and I went to the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center for a week this month.  It was really fun, and I know I am blessed to spend a week at the beach almost every year.  But I had to put Miss Baby in the nursery for about an hour and a half, twice a day.  And I felt terrible, like I was abandoning her.  One evening they even served the kids dinner in nursery so the adults could have a child free meal.  I felt really bad about that, well at least I thought I would, turns out I was exhausted, and Michael was sweet and let me nap through dinner, so he dropped her off at nursery.  Apparently dinner was gross that night, so sleeping was a great choice. 

Miss Baby at the beach.  We have since gotten her a much cuter swimsuit :)  - Thanks Mom!

Children are not allowed in the chapel at the Conference Center, so you can either not go to the sermons, drop the kids off in nursery, or sit in a lobby with your children, which is what parents of tiny babies seem to do.  We tended to sit in the lobby, but not with Miss Baby.  For a 19 month old, she is pretty good at sitting still and being quiet, but sometimes other kids were there running around, and she would NOT be very good at sitting still and quiet when other kids are being active and noisy. 

Best part of dropping Miss Baby off at nursery?  Picking her up later and seeing her get all excited when she saw me or heard my voice. 

I think part of the thing with feeling so bad about dropping Miss Baby off is that while she is a year and a half old, I have only been "mama-ing" for a month or so.  So I am a little "newborn mom-ish", rather than "toddler mom-ish", despite Miss Baby's age.  If I had had her for her whole life I would probably feel a little better dropping her off.  I am totally not insulting moms that work and leave their babies in daycare.  I understand some people have to work, and some people like it.  I just don't think I would handle it very well.


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