As it turns out, we have now been residing in the Philippines long enough for me to qualify for the national rugby team, the Volcanoes. For the next 6 weeks I'll be away at the training camp for the Asian 5 Nations rugby tournament, but while I'm elated to be selected for the squad, I'm also devastated to be leaving my family - Megan, the Bruce and of course, my gorgeous little baby.
It has been something I have known about for a little while already, but now that it's upon us, the feeling has changed. At first I was so excited to get the opportunity to run with the squad, but now all I can think about is how much I'll miss - her development, her day-to-day playing, her walking, talking, eating, sleeping. Everything!!
Of course, it's not just her that I'll be away from. Megan has been great in making it possible for me to go, and the next few weeks will be incredibly hard for her. I'll miss her greatly, and I'll miss being here to help around the house. We do have a lifeline, though: Grandma is coming to the rescue! Without her coming, I'd never be able to leave for such a long stretch.
I don't know what I'll do without my baby there to wake me up each morning and keep me company all day, I just hope she remembers me when I can come back home.