Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jackson's First Day

It felt as though I was the one preparing to attend a new school, meet new friends and adjust to a new routine Sunday night. Butterflies refused to leave my stomach, so the Husband graciously said he'd join me in dropping off Jackson at his new daycare.

You see, the first day at a daycare is kind of like moving in. We had a huge box of diapers, a stock of wipes, a cup, a blanket and....oh yeah a kid! Needless to say, my hands would've been a little full.

We checked in with ease handing over immunization records and every other bit of personal info. Then it was time, we headed back to Jack's new room. He was already loving this place, by the way. I could hardly pull him from the insane amounts of books in their main play area to go to his room.

His immediate reaction to his room was adorable. You know the whole, I'm shy and going to hide behind mommy's leg deal. This lasted all of two seconds before he spotted a bean-bag (one of his favorite things) and bolted over to see how comfy it was. This led to testing out every chair at the table next to it. Then the next thing I know, he's in the corner playing with one of the boys not even noticing me and Brandon sneaking out the door.

This mama soul had such a bittersweet morning. I warmed at knowing how happy he already was exploring his new room, but I worried all day something would go wrong. We did let his teacher know about his biting and just to keep a close watch. Over our supervision of him, we've found he only bites when he's extremely tired (aka we've come to the conclusion his biting at our last center was something being caused there throughout the day).

Due to a post-work meeting downtown, Brandon was picking up Jackson while I eagerly waited for a phone call to let me know how things went. And? Brandon and his teacher reported back that they couldn't have been better.

He ate lots, played lots, and even slept the entire nap time. He didn't cry, or fuss, or bite. This morning when dropping him off his teacher reiterated how impressed she was with him yesterday. Now I'm praying this continues.

This entire daycare situation has been miserable, but more than that it's been a learning lesson. I never thought I'd be a mom, I always wanted to work and I never thought of the what-ifs. And now, most of you know, I'd give anything to stay home, but we're not there yet. So daycare is a necessity.

Leaving your child in a place you trust and know in your heart your child is happy and well taken care of makes work infinitely more enjoyable. Because as much as I love my job, when your heart is worried about your child there will be no productivity and work will seem dismal.

So here's to Day 2, may it go as smoothly as Day 1!

Before I leave you for the day, I must say again how thankful I am for each of you who've seen me through this daycare transition and even more to all of you who have been here with me since dropping Jackson off for his first day of daycare at 10 weeks old. Many days have passed in which I'm not sure I would've come out on the brighter side if it weren't for this community. So thanks to all of you for your unconditional support.

16 comments:

  1. SO SO glad it went well! YAY for a good day :)

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  2. That's so great!! Hoping the good days last ALL week!! And beyond! :o)

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  3. I am so happy it went well! I know this will be the right place for your little boy and less stress for mommy!

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  4. Yay so glad it went, daycare is a hard process and if it goes anything other than perfect it hurt and maes us secing guess. Glad to hear it is good

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  5. My heart is so so so happy for you. Many times I have just wished that Jack could be with Evie and you could know that kind of comfort while you worked. I am so glad you get to experience it now!

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  6. Oh YAY! I am so, so, so excited to hear how well his first day went! This new daycare sounds like a truly wonderful place with a staff who cares.

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  7. I could have written this part myself:

    "I never thought I'd be a mom, I always wanted to work and I never thought of the what-ifs. And now, most of you know, I'd give anything to stay home, but we're not there yet. So daycare is a necessity."

    It is so hard to be able to trust someone with your child full-time. I am SO glad Day 1 at the new center went well!! It sounds like a night and day difference from the old place. Hugs to you, mama :)

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  8. Yay! I am so happy for this day! It's a much needed break from the madness for everyone and it seems like J is really comfortable there! Pat yourself on the back Momma. You are doing great! Prayers that everything continues to go smoothly!

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  9. Yay! I'm soooo glad to hear it went well! I hope you both love it there for as long as you need it.

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  10. Hooray!!!! That is the best news! I know how hard it is to be a working momma, but this must set your mind and heart at ease quite a bit!!
    ♥ Kyna

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  11. I am so glad everything went so well! Hooray! Good news mama.

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  12. I have been keeping up but bad at commenting. I am SO happy his first day at the new place went so well. I totally understand the anxiety that comes along with it. I hope and pray that he continues to do so well!!

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  13. Aww, sounds like it went really well. I hope my daughter's first day of nursery school next week goes that well!!

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  14. I'm glad it went well!! Here's hoping it keeps up. And I'm with you- I'd love to be able to stay home, but it's not in the cards for us right now either.

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  15. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. The first day never gets easier. I am always a wreck the day before the first day of school and am on pins and needles the first day. It's just means we love our babies. I look forward to geetting to know you and exploring more of your blog.

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  16. Sooo cute! I love how they furnish/decorate the daycare rooms at my son's daycare and actually asked the owner for advice on how to decorate my son's room to make it more kid friendly. She also said bean bag chairs!

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