Oh, god. I just got the package from the daycare, with all the forms, and the handbook. And I am having SO MANY FEELINGS.
Jess was a disaster at the fitness class today. Whiny, clingy, randomly inconsolable, before being fine for a while. (Teething? Maybe? She has to get some eventually, right?) And I’m torn between feeling sad for her, at the struggle she will have to deal with adults who are not me (child got her fear of strangers at 3 months, and it’s lingered) and feeling glad for me, because she will have to get better at letting adults who aren’t me pick her up when she is sad.
I’m reading through the day care handbook, and it really does sound like we’re sending her to a good place. “Outdoor time is scheduled at minimum twice a day and more often when time and space allows for it.” “We provide a morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack that is cooked and prepared at our x location. The menu is reviewed and prepared quarterly by a nutritionist and follows The Canada Food guide recommendations.” “Televisions are not used in any of our classrooms for watching movies, or television.” Actually, it sounds in more than a few ways like a more structured, involving, stimulating environment than home. What, a trip to Ikea isn’t as stimulating as a sand table and twice daily walks outside?
BUT MA BABEEE! *insert weeping* Even though we’re in a phase where my whole day is spent waiting for it to be nap time.
I am just so conflicted. Someone please tell me awesome things about daycare. I don’t seem to have any friends who are in my situation, and so I turn to you, internet, to tell me the perks of handing over my child to trained experts. Because as much as I am looking forwards to it (I’m not loving this stage, right this week), I’m also really, really sad. (And eating my feelings.)