Post # 1
today is my baby’s first day of daycare! i’ve been dreading this day since the day i got pregnant, but so far i’m doing okay.
i had a 4 month maternity leave and went back to work two weeks ago. it has been a good transition so far – my mom stayed with DS my first two weeks back (the first week i worked half days, second week was full days), and now DS is at daycare (5 mins from my office) and i plan to visit him at lunch to nurse the first few days at least. unfortunately our families live out of state – it would have been ideal if my mom (retired) could have stayed with him indefinitely – but i feel fortunate that she could be here for 2 weeks to help me get used to being away from DS all day. we found a nice cozy small daycare with sweet caregivers right around the corner from my job, so i’m thankful for that too.
i spent so much time this weekend getting all our things together for the week. i was nervous about the morning routine, but my little champ did wonderfully. he slept through the night, amused himself while i got ready, and napped the entire car ride to day care. i stayed with him for about 30 mins and he was totally content watching the other babies play. he barely noticed when it was time for me to leave, but it was so hard to walk away! i started bawling and the caregiver was super sweet about it, reassuring me that he would be fine. i know he’s in good hands, but its hard not to worry about my little munchkin.
now i’m just trying to stay busy and focus on the positives. would be nice to hear other ladies’ good experiences with returning to work!
Post # 3
That first day sucked. SUCKED. 🙂 I thought I was all prepared but as soon as I walked out the daycare door I started crying. But the 2nd day? Way better. Those ladies LOVE my baby so I’m not sure I could ask for more. If she ever comes up missing, I’ll be checking Ms. Doris’ house first. 🙂 Oh, and I made it till lunchtime that first day before I called. I felt very proud of myself. Good luck! Your little one will be fine! (And you will, too.)
Post # 4
I’m not a mom, but I used to work in a daycare, so I can give you that perspective. The people caring for you child WANT to be there. they LOVE working with kids, and have a special place in their hearts for the kids they look after.
Also – kids always adjust very quickly. There is so much new and fun stuff there for them to interact with, they won’t even notcie you are away. (not that they don’t miss you, but they are having fun and learning). Even if they were crying when you left – not even two minutes later, they will be happy and playing, so don’t think that they are crying all day..not the case!
Good luck with your transition back to work. Trust me – it is harder on you then on your baby! 🙂
Post # 5
Aw, good luck! I haven’t been in your position yet, but wishing you all the best!
Post # 6
((hugs)) I bawled the first day, too… hell, I still have moments occassionally and DS is 3. It will get better, I promise. Does your center do progress reports? Those helped me the most, to read about what he did that day, what he played with, what he ate, etc. Reassured me that he was in a good place and having the time of his little baby life. Focus on the fact that your little one gets to play with other babies, meet new people, experience new things… all of which help them grown up way too fast :). Good luck with the rest of the day, and don’t worry about feeling sad… it’s completely normal and your colleagues will understand, and tomorrow will be a little better.
Post # 7
DS is going on his third month at daycare. It was so hard those first few days. I think it was harder on Darling Husband because he stayed home for 2.5 months after I went back to work, so I had already adjusted back into my work schedule.
It does get easier.
And what the PP said about day care providers wanting to be there is true. I work with kids in residential care, and find myself reassuring parents and kids that it’s not just a job to me. I really love what I do.
Post # 8
Ah, I wish I could give you a big hug today. It’s hard, I know. It will get better, though.
I don’t know if it would help you, but I used to bring Addie’s pjs to work with me each day. I actually got the idea from some of the brestfeeding ladies who brought their baby’s onesies or blankets to work to help with let down during pumping. Even though I wasn’t pumping, it was a big comfort to me take my breaks in a quiet place where I could hold her pjs, think about her and look at her pictures. It was just a nice break from my day to concentrate on my baby, and it made me feel less guilty about not being with her all the time.
Post # 9
thank you all so much for your kind words!!! i visited him at lunch to nurse and hang out for about an hour. when i arrived he was observing the other babies happily from one of the caregiver’s arms. he was in a great mood and so were all the other babies. so that made me feel infinitely better. the caregivers do daily reports to tell you when they napped, ate, etc. and let me know everything about how he was adjusting. i know it will take time but i’m happy that i have a place i’m at least comfortable with 🙂 now off to pick up my baby cakes!!!
Post # 10
Glad to hear that it went as well as it could. It sounds like you have found a great day care! I’m sure they will love him and take good care of him. And it’s great that you are able to go check on him at lunch!!!! Even if you don’t do it every day, having that option is great!
Post # 11
I’mg glad everything went well! I had to bring my baby to daycare at 2 months. 🙁 Thankfully I teach GA Pre-K at a daycare, so she comes to work with me, so I can see her all day when I go to the bathroom or our class goes to lunch/outside.
It was still hard though, for someone else to care for her. It gets easier though.