His first hour away with a non-family member and he was perfect! I dropped him off, gave him a bulldozer (such a little boy), kissed him goodbye and I left. I went to do groceries, came back after an hour and while he crawled as fast as he could to me the second I walked in the door, she said he was happy the whole time. In his little "communication book", she said that they played with some cars and the stroller (anything with wheels is his best friend), played peekaboo and mostly he just watched the other kids. She said he was laughing and playing and didn't seem to miss me!
This makes me soooooo happy. Tomorrow is the same time at her house.
Getting him up and out of the house is a little trickier then I thought. Maybe trickier is the wrong word, but I'm used to doing everything at my own pace and not paying much attention to the clock (especially in the morning), but I'm really going to have to start working around the schedule he will be following once I head back to work. He wakes up normally at 7, so I used to change him and bring him downstairs for breakfast (this was the first week I've cut out his first morning bottle and he doesn't even miss it). I used to only get him dressed after his morning nap. I ended up getting there at 7:50 when it should have been 7:30, so tomorrow I'll get him dressed while I change his bum first thing. That will shave off some time and then right after breakfast we will scoot out.
He came home exhausted. One thing we are trying to work on is getting his morning nap down from 9-11 to 9-10. This way he will be ready to have his afternoon nap at 12:30 with the rest of the kids. This is great for me as it will let us go out in the morning before lunch.
I talked to my new manager and 7 - 3 isn't really an option for my working hours, because core hours are 9:30-3:30 in that dept, so I'll be working 7:30 - 3:30 which will work out great because I can see him in the morning before I leave.