My oldest daughter, Mae, who is only a newly turned 2 year old, had her first sleepover last night. With her grandparents and her cousin. It is over an hour drive away, and I felt every mile. After making fajitas and Meyer lemon bars, all I was left with a big old mess and the time to clean it up. My baby had gone to bed at 6, and there was no nearly-bed-time crazed two year old begging for my every ounce of attention.
And besides waking at 9pm for a feeding, the baby, Nina, slept the whole night.
You raise them to be independent, sleep through the night, and be OK being away from you, but you yourself forget to sleep through the night and be ok being away from them. Did it hurt like this for them as well?