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  1. Cheryl says:

    Tough letting go. Good thing he’s not old enough to have to leave you just yet. When he is, you’ll be more ready & he’ll have the wings you gave him.

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      Thank you, Cheryl. I hope so! I think I’ll hold on to him a bit longer while he still lets me. πŸ™‚

  2. CJ says:

    My oldest son was always in day care….and I was always his day care teacher! My middle daughter started school at three, but had been with me since she was placed in my home at fifteen months. My youngest daughter has never been away from me for more than a few hours….and only when she was asleep. I’m grateful I can take her to work with me. I mean, who else would hold her while she sleeps?!?

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      I understand completely! They definitely wouldn’t get that kind of attention (being held while they sleep) in a normal school setting. πŸ™‚

  3. Courtney says:

    It’s always harder on the mommies than the kids. I almost cried taking Keegan back to school after having him home all week for fall break. It was like starting all over again. Sweet post! Hope you guys are all doing well!

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      I can understand that. I can imagine you got used to having him back home (and I’m sure Presley was glad to have her big brother around, too!). We are doing good! Getting ready for winter and this birthday shindig this weekend. How are you guys? Still busy, busy?

  4. Mandi says:

    So beautiful!
    I couldn’t imagine anyone else taking care of Maddy either. I am going to have a cow for sure when we leave next week for St. Kitts! We’ll be gone for 9 days and we are leaving Maddy with Sean’s mom. It’s going to kill me!

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      I had a hard time leaving Noah with my mom or with Josh’s mom for extended periods of time, too. There is no one else (besides us) that I would trust him with more, but it’s that whole “out of site” thing. I was a wreck when Josh and I were both in California and Noah was in Alabama, but we survived it. Thinking of you guys!!

  5. Ashley Sisk says:

    Awww what a sweet post my friend. How you doing?

  6. Bridget says:

    No one will ever do it like Mama does. πŸ™‚

  7. MommaKiss says:

    Oh the places they will go, right? So so so sweet, that kid is beautiful.

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      Thank you! That’s one of my favorite books. Such a great message for our kids (and to us mamas in reminding ourselves that we have to let them go eventually).

  8. that kid is gorgeous! this is a really sweet post. My youngest two have a “bunny” and “bear.” Puppy dog almost made me cry.

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      Aww, thank you! I never knew a child could get so attached to a stuffed animal…but this boy LOVES his doggie.

  9. I totally know how you feel!!! Sometimes I sit at night while I’m rocking my Little Man or getting him back to sleep an hour after he goes to bed (happens every.night) and I think about how nobody else would know how to do it and nobody else knows the right way to get him to sleep or that he likes to carry his milk around with him ALL DAY or that he has to be held a certain way to get back to sleep. I even caught myself crying over it the other night thinking about how I don’t WANT anyone else to know how to do those things either. I have also thought about taking Case to daycare like 1 day/week just so I could get something done during the day but I, like you, know that those people won’t know how to take care of him…what will he do at naptime? Nobody knows hw to get him to sleep and he wouldn’t let somebody do it either.

    Know that you’re totally not alone in these feelings and it made me feel better to hear it from you πŸ™‚

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      Yep. I get it. There are just some things about my son that I know that no one, not even his daddy, would be able to do. It must just be one of those magic mommy things. And you’re right…no one would know how to do some of these things right. No one would know that when my son goes to sleep, there is a certain way he has to be tucked in, else he won’t sleep. And the thought that someone might neglect that because they are “too busy” with other kids to give him that kind of little attention makes me nauseous. LOL So happy to hear that I am not alone.

  10. I remember leaving my oldest at day care for the first time (he was almost 2, and it was only for two hours). I walked away from the house crying. It broke my heart, and I had to keep reminding myself of all the stories I’d heard about kids who thrived when their parents thought they couldn’t possibly. My son never once looked back. In some ways that reaction never goes away…the mom’s reaction, I mean. A few weeks ago I sent my youngest for an all-day adventure with his daddy, and I felt weepy and weird about that. I was used to sending the other two off, but this one?

    • Courtney Kirkland says:

      I totally get it. There is no one that I trust my son with more than his daddy….but I still get all weepy sometimes leaving him. Especially when he so vocally wants his mama. I don’t think we, as moms, ever fully adjust to being without or away from our children.

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Courtney Kirkland is a Southeast Alabama Writer & Designer. Since 2008, Courtney has passionately provided beautiful, intentional design to small businesses & bloggers and encouraged thousands to walk in a rich faith in any situation.