Good morning, and happy Monday to you. Our weekend was fairly quiet considering we are all still sick and our adventures were limited. So I figured I’d share some of the snaps from the weekend and update you on the big change/secret that I’ve been keeping.
A majority of the weekend was spent indoors – there is nothing like a box of duplos to keep you busy!
We made it out of the house a few times, one for our weekend trip to Trader Joes and Plum Market.
I picked up a new coffee from Califia that is delicious. I prefer freshly brewed, but in a pinch, this is a great cold brew option!
THE BIG CHANGE
Two weeks ago, Mitch started going to “school” aka, daycare. Which has been the main reason I’ve been MIA around here. We had an incredible nanny that came to our home five days a week and stayed with Mitch and Henry. She was in school to be an early education teacher and was energetic, kind and easygoing – the perfect match for our guy. Unfortunately, she had a personal situation that led to a big change, including not being able to nanny any longer.
We spent six weeks interviewing nannies and visiting day care facilities in our area. While a nanny was our first choice, there was never one that ‘clicked’ with Mitch and us the way our first nanny did.
Since Mitch is an only child, we wanted to expose him to a school-like environment around the age of two (even before I returned to a full-time out-of-the-house job). So, we took our good friend’s recommendation and visited a daycare that is fantastic. They have structured days where the children play, work on learning and development, outside time, music class, the list goes on and on.
After weeks of being on a wait list, we got in.
While I thought that would be the hard part, turns out, that was half the battle. The first two weeks have had their ups and downs. What we thought Mitch would struggle with (sleeping outside of his normal environment, being away from us/his house/Henry) has been fairly painless. Getting myself and Mitch out the door every morning has been a challenge, and then leaving him has been a struggle for both of us. Add in the sickness we’ve all been fighting (read, Mitch wanting “mama” all the time) and its been a long two weeks.
It has been a long few months. Receiving the news from our nanny was unexpected and threw us into a position we weren’t ready for. But Mitch has done very well – mainly because he loves kids. He has a little friend that could be his twin brother. They are happy to see one another and Phil and I receive updates from the teachers through the day that usually include a comment about the buddies.
We’re not out of the woods, yet. There’s still quite a bit of transition happening. But we are taking it day by day. I have learned to be strong for Mitch and am working to let him go and grow – just a little. This parenting gig is no joke.
So, thank you. Thank you for sticking around when I miss a day of posting because I was too emotionally drained to write. Thank you for understanding that my family needed my attention and while I missed you all, I couldn’t do it all at once. Thank you for your love and support. I’ve been struggling with the decision to share this – parenting and kids can be a hot topic. But, I feel like a weight has lifted now. Thank you for being a constant source of support.
What’s new with you? How was your weekend? Parents, does your child go to daycare?
How was your weekend? Parents, does your child go to daycare?
Parents, does your child go to daycare? I’d love some tips or advice for this time of transition.