One year goes by so quickly. It pains you to go back to work, and leave your child to the care of another. You drop your your child off at the door. You give him a hug and wave goodbye. Your heart breaking as he wails for you. Will he be ok?
Sometimes I think pictures are better than words. Issac started coming to me once a week a month ago. He had a hard time leaving Mom and Dad, (they are just so AWESOME!), and for the first few days with me he just wanted to live in the Ergo. I didn’t mind; I love baby cuddles. However, a couple weeks ago, Issac decided that daycare is actually a great place to be. He’s not walking yet, but he already has an explorers heart. He is whipping around the place. He investigates everything. He love the trains…and dismantling the tracks. He seems to love art – painting, gluing, sticking, pouring, and sprinkling vigorously! Issac is a big fan of the outdoors. I think he really loves the different textures. He is a maniac in the sandbox. He gets so excited, and yes dirty too. He’s an excellent climber, and a good sharer too. He still cries when his Mom or Dad leave, but he’s done by the time the door closes.
Cadence just started at Sweet Pea’s last week. She did not have any trouble adjusting. Her mom was worried, and to be honest I was worried too. I had seen Cadence a few times at the Hub, and she seemed very attached to Mom. I was envisioning a flood of tears, but all I saw was smiles. Cadence and Issac sat upstairs and shared some Cherrios. They came downstairs and did puzzles together; played with the babies, trains, and blocks. I was amazed! Day 2,3, 4 were all similar. Some days Cadence cries at the door when Mom says goodbye, but once she has gone, Cadence is all smiles. She toddles around eager to join in the fun.
All kids react differently to being left in daycare. My daughter Anja had a really hard time being left. She wailed everyday when I left for the entire year I had her in daycare. Her provider was awesome – but she likes familiarity. Part time kids seem to take a longer period to adjust because trust takes time to develop. However, all the kids I’ve taken care of so far have really enjoyed here within a month. And really why wouldn’t they love being here, everything is helping them develop into the people God created them to be!