I have been fortunate to have 5 months at home with my daughter. I have one week remaining and then I will resume working outside of our home. As I look back on this time, I realize I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I know I have been so lucky to have this time with her, to bond with her, to show her how much I love her, to see her grow from a tiny newborn into a little baby who can giggle and nearly sit up by herself (Yay!) It’s truly been amazing. There will never be another 5 months like these, but I know things will just keep getting better and better, so I am not afraid or sad. I’m starting to think about the future and how things will be different. One of the things I want to do my best to keep is that feeling of complete security that I have built up in her. Since before day 1, she had her mommy at her beck and call to help her with anything she needed. An idea I had this morning is to get a “Mommy Will Be Home By ___ Clock”. The idea is that it would be hung in our home in a place she will spend most of the day while I am out. I wouldn’t plug it in or add batteries, and instead each morning I would set it to the time I will be home. I know that when she is still little, it won’t make any difference. But as she gets older, she will be able to start associating the arms with time and comparing the station of the arms to other clocks that are keeping time. Eventually it will make sense and she will always be able to tell how long until I get home, which will be the best time each day because we will be able to get back to snuggles and cuddles and giggles and love.