Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

On Sunday I went to work. I was scheduled to work from noon until 4pm, but ended up staying until 7:30. That means I was away from home for more than eight hours. It was the longest I have ever been away from Alden. While my attention was focused on my patients, thoughts of Alden were always there in the back of my mind. I wondered if he was eating enough, if he was napping well for Zach (not that he ever does for me). I pumped twice while I was at work and hoped that my milk supply wouldn’t be negatively impacted by the day away from him.

When I got home, I quickly changed out of my scrubs and into clean clothes and then swooped Alden out of Zach’s arms. As soon as I had him in my arms, his face lit up with an enormous smile and he started shrieking with laughter! He would smile at me, then launch himself forward to give my face big, slobbery, open-mouthed kisses. Then I would laugh and he would begin kicking and shrieking with laughter as well. Then the whole thing would repeat all over again.

I can’t remember any other single moment in my life when someone has been so overjoyed just to see my face. Right this moment, I can’t think of any better feeling in the world.


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