TheMonk came down with my birthday bug last night. At dinner he projectile-vomited all over everything (including yours truly) and, unfortunately, kept it up for a few hours until his limp, tired body finally gave out and we put him to bed. This morning he awoke looking and feeling much better but Andrea stayed home with him as he was still a little listless.
And this is where a milestone was created. Swee’Pea went to daycare without TheMonk.
As I dropped Swee’Pea off at the home where she stays everyday, it was apparent to me that she realized things were different. My usual routine is that I always take Swee’Pea out of the car first, bring her in to the daycare provider and then I return to the car to get TheMonk (as an aside, this is a favorite time for me because I can see TheMonk sitting in the car as I approach the street. I usually wave frantically and make funny faces at him and he always laughs at silly old Daddy).
Today, however, there was no returning to get TheMonk. As I explained to the daycare provider that TheMonk was sick and wouldn’t be coming, we looked at Swee’Pea sitting on the floor. Usually full of energy as she checks out her favorite toys, she just sat there on the floor looking sad. I looked into those beautiful brown eyes and told her that I would be back later to pick her up and we would see TheMonk then. I kissed her goodbye and, as I left, I felt a sadness in my heart that I only hope Swee’Pea was immune to.
Somehow, I don’t think that was the case.
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