For eight lucky months, my son was able to stay home and be watched by me, my husband, my mother, and my mother-in-law. . It was a great eight months for my son. He bonded with all four of us and likes to hear all of our voices. I was able to set up a routine since he was one month old and with very little variation, seven months of the same predictable schedule with the four of us happened.
In January, we started daycare. I still have mixed feeling about this. I’m much happier that I did not have to put my child in daycare until he was eight months old. It must be so hard for people at six weeks to leave their baby and put them in daycare. So I do know I am lucky. My son loves playing at daycare and he eats all his food because he is so hungry and he is taking a least one little nap for now.
The most dreaded part to me was now packing his food each week. At home, I could make a bunch of things and just have them in the fridge and whoever was watching him, could just give him whatever they wanted. Now, I have to pack it in jars, label it and make sure I have enough for the week on Sunday. And I have to remember to do his laundry and have the bibs, the crib sheets, and winter gear packed every day. Although it is not as hard as I thought it was going to be, it still is hard to get myself and my son ready and make sure I have everything. I am lucky that if I do forget something, my husband can just bring it by, so that is always in the back of my mind.
The best part so far is getting the pictures during the day of my child being happy and smiling. He is making friends and will probably pick on their pulling up and walking habits faster than I want, but I know that he is happy when I drop him off. I dread that a day might come and that I will need to leave my son crying. Or maybe I’ll be lucky, and that will never happen.
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