We're working to get Bailey in a routine of going to the CDC here at Fort Bliss on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a few hours so he can have social/educational time and so that Mommy can have a little break. One morning I told him he was going to go make some new friends and he immediately started saying "No Frins." Today when I was getting him dressed and putting his shoes on, he started his "No Frins" routine and I told him he didn't have to make friends, but he had to go have fun! As soon as we turn into the parking lot, he starts it again "No Frins." I always have to carry he and Maverick in so I'm sure I'm a sight carrying both of them through the parking lot. Thankfully it's not a very big parking lot!! Bailey does his usual sit on the ground and cry a little as I leave. I walk away and don't think twice about it. There was a soldier there today dropping off his kid in another class and we met at one of the exit doors at about the same time and he just looked sad and said "I hate leaving him." I just smiled back and said, "You've just gotta do it!" Poor guy! Apparently his little boy didn't want to stay either!
What I find amusing about all of this is that as soon as I go to get Bailey and we're getting ready to leave, he starts saying "Bye Frins, Bye Frins." His attitude obviously changes from the time we get there until it's time to go! I just wish I could be a fly on the wall to see how he really acts around the other kids. He never gave me any issues with 'school' at RH! An added bonus to going to get him is that he's super cute pulling his Mack backpack out of the building!
I started a new Bible Study yesterday for mothers and I think I'm going to be in the minority about taking my child to the CDC and not having him with me 24/7. Already from our conversation yesterday, I can tell it's going to be interesting to hear everyone talk about their personal preferences when it comes to child care, schooling, rules, etc. I guess that's always the case when you bring mothers from so many different backgrounds and experiences together. We're all military spouses so at least we have that in common and of course our love for the Lord and desire to grow in our personal relationships with Him.
I guess I've come to realize that I'm not the "SuperMother" that I once aspired to be! For our family, letting Bailey go to the CDC for a few hours a week isn't going to be harmful to him. Bailey needs interaction with other children. I can tell just by his few times of going to the CDC so far that his language skills are getting better and he's starting to say more things that make sense or are understandable. He's willing to do things for other people that I could never coerce him with the best cookie in the world to do for me. I've not given up on helping him learn and discover at home. I've just come to the point where I realize I can't do it all!
I just look forward to the day when he says "Yeah Frins!"