Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So how did it go?...

Trying for the classic "first day of school" photo, at the door.

Well, we've got two mornings of day care under our belts, and so far I'd rate it a 2.5 out of 5. After a lot of angst, we decided that Chris would do the dirty work and drop Ollie off for his first morning, since Ollie can still be fairly clingy with me. So I didn't actually get to see how his first steps into a life outside our home went - I just got the report once Chris got home, and of course got to take lots of pictures on his way off.

Positives: On day one, there were no tears when Chris said goodbye. I suspected it was going to be an easy morning, largely because of course, the little guy had no idea what was happening, having never been left at daycare before.

And partially because he was so excited to see Harry.. so excited that he learned to say Harry's name (sounds like "Aiw-wee") as I was convincing him to put his shoes on that morning.

Ollie only stayed at daycare until 11:30, because we didn't want to throw him right into the whole napping in cots thing right away (I still cannot believe that that is going to happen). So we got to pick him up after he'd been feed a yummy lunch, and he came home for two very long, exhausted naps (hurray!)

Not-as-Positives: This morning, Ollie was just as excited to go to "school" and to see "Aiw-wee", but when Chris did the drop, he was wise to what was up, and had a bit of a meltdown - made somewhat worse by the fact that Harry was also being dropped off and also melting down. Toddlers are like crying dominos. 

Chris listened outside the door, but left before he heard Ollie stop crying (!!?), so I spent the whole morning imagining my little guy crying alone at daycare.

I wasn't able to go for the pick up today, but I was there yesterday, and I'll tell you, it is going to take some getting used to the chaos that surrounds a bunch of toddlers in daycare. I'm sure it is normal and happy and good, but seeing your little one looking a bit unhappy in a sea of variously whining/crying/squealing/laughing/smashing children is pretty depressing. I think every parent would chose to have their child's needs attended to without distraction, and that is pretty much the opposite of what daycare can provide.

I guess it is just going to take some time to get used to this new type of care for Ollie. I do really believe that Ollie is ready for an environment where he can play with other kids all day, and that he'll learn tons from it, and get so that he loves it. Spending all day with his best buddy is going to be pretty sweet too. I just can't imagine a day where he's there, and I'm here, and my guts aren't all twisty all day long, but I guess we'll get there.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. It gives me an idea about what I can expect when Kale starts in September. I can only imagine how totally confusing it is for them but I'm trying to hold off on having a total panic attack until I see how Kale does.

    Ollie's pic by the door is totally adorable. Actually, they're all totally adorable.

    Keep us updated on how things progress!


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