I think maybe it's been harder on Jake than on Haley; when I came home from dropping her off the first day he said "Where's my Haley?!" And every day since then he asks if we can pick her up to go to the park or wherever we're going. He's not used to being the only child! I guess all-mom, all the time isn't all it's cracked up to be.
As for me, I'll admit that I had to hold back tears as I walked away from the school that first morning. Go ahead and make comments about the umbilical cord needing to be cut - I think all moms will agree with me that it can never really be cut - instead it feels like it can just stretch really, really far. Last weekend we drove by the UND campus and saw all the parents moving their kids into the dorms. I marveled that the moms weren't just bawling the whole time. Maybe their kids have driven them so crazy in recent years that it tempers the sadness, but it's hard to imagine letting go and having to let that cord stretch - possibly all the way across the country. For now, I'm glad she's only a few blocks away all day, in great and capable hands, surrounded by cute kids her own age (no frat boys), and that we get to enjoy her tired, cranky, but still-sweet self the rest of the time.