The Pains of Motherhood

We’re trying to get Angel to get used to being away from us, so as a primer, we left him at my in-laws’ today.  He was crawling after us when he realized we were saying goodbye.  At this early an age, we have taught him to wave goodbye when someone is leaving.  He tried to catch us at the door when my brother-in-law scooped him up.  It wasn’t easy but it was necessary.

We called after an hour and my mother-in-law said he was having his snack but was still sniffing.  I hope when he wakes up he feels better.  I’m sure he’ll be excited to see me later when I pick him up to take him home.  I can only imagine how he must feel, but at least his Grandma (Alan’s mom) is a familiar face.. we figure it will take some getting used to, but he can start adjusting to being with strangers this early.

This is one of the struggles of raising a child in the US.  Back home, he would have a yaya (“nanny”), and I would just have to check up on them via phone from time to time.  In a sense it’s a blessing to be able to take care of Angel like I do, preparing his food, feeding him, sorting his clothes, cleaning them and putting him to sleep.  It pains me to have him go through this, but it’s a necessary evil.  I’m wondering if I’m having the worse part of the deal compared to him.. perhaps.


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