Congratulations, Alicia!! That sounds like a wonderful arrangement!!
I went back to work on Oct. 20, one day short of Ivy being 11 weeks old. It was sooooo hard. I started grinding my teeth at night several days before the 20th, and got this huge horrible pit in my stomach every time I thought about it. When we actually dropped her off at daycare for the first time, I spent the whole morning crying like a baby. The next day was a little easier, but I still spent a good deal of time crying in my office all that first week. I just missed her so much. We're now halfway through week two, and I'm pleased to report that it does get easier. I know she's fine there--I'm still sad, but I haven't cried once this week. Lots and lots of women at my work have young kids, and they all say that it does keep getting easier.
Actually, Ivy has been fine since day 1 (I'm the one who had a hard time with it). She's at a wonderful daycare where she gets lots of good interaction and entertainment, and she smiles and coos all day long and charms the pants off of everyone. We had the hardest time getting her to take the bottle (we started trying when she was about 6 weeks), but luckily she got the hang of it just in time, about a week before my first day of work. We tried all different bottles, but the one that finally worked for us was Second Nature--it's new, and has multiple pores like a real nipple, and doesn't flow at all unless she's sucking on it. Once she got the hang of bottle feeding using that, we were able to switch her to any wide neck/slow flow bottle. She's still exclusively drinking breast milk--I pump 2 or 3 times a day at work, and that's plenty. I actually love pumping at work--it's the one time a day while I'm here that I get to put everything else aside and just be a mom. The daycare also uses our cloth diapers, so we haven't had any problem there.