Those who know me in real life probably know that my mom was out of town for 10 long days recently. They most likely know this because they heard the crying of "Mommy!! I miss my Mommy..." coming from my house.
Man, that was tough. Not only was it tough on me, but it was tough on The Boy as well. I guess I had taken for granted how ingrained into his routine he was. But every single day that I tried to pick him up from school (my Mom usually gets him from school), I was met with a boy that screamed "NO MOMMY!" at me and then proceeded to run over to the corner, put his shirt over his head and cry. I thought this might get better over the time she was gone, but NOPE! Every. Single. Time. Never varied once. He then took this one step further by continuing said sadness once we finally arrived at home. Again, my Mom picks him up from school and brings him back to my house on a daily basis. She usually stays with us/him until dinner time during which time she gives him a bath, sits in his crib with him and reads books, and/or basically does whatever his little heart desires. (I know...how rad is my Mom?) So once I would finally get him convinced to come home with me, which was NOT easy, he would arrive at home and go and sit in a corner. Poor little dude. It wasn't as if he was acting out, or as if he was being difficult, but he was so clearly upset that his Gigi wasn't around that he would just retreat. He wouldn't want a snack, didn't want me (or anyone for that matter...several tried) to touch him or comfort him. He wanted to sit in the corner and pout. Right around dinner time (and coincidentally the time my Mom usually leaves), he would become a human being again. So sad.
My Mom went on a 10 day cruise to Mexico. Damn her for taking a vacation. I kid, I kid, I am very happy my mom was able to take some time off. Not only from her life, but from MY life as well. She is such a help to me and I pictured her sitting on the deck, with nothing to do but read a book and smiled at how much she deserved it. And then I cried a little for myself.
But now his Gigi is back. And my smiling child, full of happiness at the end of his days has returned. Yesterday his Gigi even kept him home from school because she missed him so much. What? Did you think it was one sided? :) They stayed at her house all day long and he could not have been happier. I missed my cute little happy dude. Man, I know my mom needed and deserved that vacation, but can we not do that again for a very long time? Please?