So after 4 days of solo parenting, Mom and Zach both arrived last night. As a happy coincidence, their separate flights landed at the same time so they met at the airport and shared a taxi ride home. D and I were able to catch them coming home so D saw them get out of the taxi, and he immediately got super excited to see LALA!!
Soon after they got home I had to leave for an Open House at a Spanish-Immersion preschool program we're considering for D for the fall. Zach decided to come with me, figuring D would be fine with my mom. Remembering how badly the previous leaving-D-with-someone-else attempts had gone this week, I was a bit worried-- I know he loves Lala but she'd only *just* arrived and I wasn't sure if maybe he might need some warming up time before Mom left...?
But no. We left. He didn't cry at all. We got back when D was in the bath, and he did want me to get him out and put his diaper on, but after that he requested that Lala brush his teeth, and let her read his bedtime story and tuck him into bed.
This all just makes my heart swoon. So wonderful. =)
Tomorrow, even before bright and early since the sun won't be up yet, I'll be leaving for Florida for 4 days to go to the 2010 Association Montessori Internationale Refresher Course. This is a conference held every year as part of continuing education by AMI/USA, and I'm very excited about going this year as it's been a little while. After getting my certification in 2005, I attended the course in North Carolina in 2006, and San Francisco in 2007 (just a week or 2 before our move overseas). But then in 2008 I had a 2 week old babe, and in 2009 I was still breastfeeding him, and so this is my first chance to go since his birth. It will probably be another few years, realistically, before I really launch myself back into the workforce, but I'd like to keep in touch with the Montessori community and this seems a good way to do so. And while the lecture topics may technically be geared towards working with preschool-aged children, I bet I can still find topics/ideas relevant to Donovan and also just helping get/stay in the Montessori mindset.
I'm tagging along with my former coworkers, which is also pretty awesome since I don't see them very often and thus get to catch up with them. =)
I should be getting back home around midnight on Monday night... meaning this will be my longest trip away from Donovan. He probably will hardly miss me, as he's got Lala here to play with the whole time. And to be frank, I'm kinda looking forward to a chance to travel when the only person I have to entertain is myself (it's been a while...). But, I'm sure I'll be quite ready to get back to him by about days 3 and 4. I mean, you know, it's a bit hard not to miss this: