7 months after starting nursery, I finally got a goodbye wave from my little one. It was a shy, short wave while he was being carried by the nursery worker. It was a really big deal to the worker as everyday I dropped him off, the workers would repeatedly try to get him to say goodbye. But he’d either jet off to the toys or look at me with big sad eyes until I left.
This particular drop-off started with the sad expression. However, the third time he was asked, he actually did a little wave. The worker was overjoyed but I had a sudden, overwhelming need to cry. I couldn’t get out of there quickly enough. I tried to attribute it to the pregnancy hormones but I’m not sure I can lay the blame entirely in that court. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want him to be sad at nursery but just to miss me for a few seconds before jumping into the ball pit. I knew he was happy at nursery when I wasn’t there so this was the only part of his day I could cling in to.
He hasn’t waved goodbye to me again since then so my emotions are back in check. I know the day will come when he can’t wait to go to nursery. In fact, currently, the mention of his keyworker’s name in the morning gets him to the door very quickly. But until then, I want to cherish these moments for as long as I can!