Little Prince asked me to snuggle him to sleep in my bed tonight, and every night until I go to Ethiopia. He said this is so that he can store up all the snuggles for when I'm away. While I was lay there with him as his warm, wriggly body relaxed and he fell asleep, I started to cry. I need to store up his snuggles too. I have only ever been away from all the family at once for an extended time once before. I spent three weeks in China with good friends who were adopting. It was the trip of a lifetime and a fantastic experience, but I HATED being away from my family for that long. When I had managed to speak to them on the phone, I would have to go and lock myself in the bathroom for a good cry afterwards. And now I'm doing it again!! I think I've been deliberately avoiding even thinking about this until now. But I can't escape it any longer. It is going to be so so hard to be away from everyone, and I don't even get to see LMS before I go as she doesn't get back from University until the day after I've flown!!
I love all of you and will miss you all so much.
Lots of love Janet/Mummy