This morning we were up and out of the house by 7:45am to go to Liam's first day of daycare. Thank goodness we decided to start him with just a half day, because he was pretty unsettled about the experience. I figured that I was going to take it worse than him, but he was unsure about the daycare providers and about the other babies. He started out playing ok, but whenever the other babies started to gang up on him to play with his toy he would get upset. He'd look for me and if he didn't see me he'd start to cry. So I spent most of the time in and out of the room to comfort him. As I expected, he refused to nap until he was completely exhausted and fell asleep just before we had to leave. He also decided he wasn't going to eat from a bottle either...ugh!
They told me that all his behavior was normal for newcomers, and not to worry. Apparently he did play happily for around an hour. I hope that next week will go smoother. Rather than having more time to work I just feel frazzled...Once we came home in the afternoon he was really clingy and I gave him extra attention. We played and roughhoused for nearly an hour. I let him crawl all over me and there was lots of tickling and giggling. We had a lot of fun, but it wore me out!
PS - There is no doubt in my mind that Liam knows what mama means and how to use it. This evening I was sitting in a chair while he played on the floor. At one point he crawled over to me and rather forcefully said "mama" and grabbed my leg. He obviously wanted me to pick him up! He also said what sounded like "birdy" at dinner time. I was feeding him in his highchair, near our pet birds cages. Just moments before I was talking to him about the birds because they were boisterously signing. He is definitely trying to communicate!