I am happy to report that I had a wonderful weekend with Angel Face. Daddy went camping, so it was just the two of us from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.
We went to the Children’s Museum and played with the other kids and participated in story time and stared at this huge taxidermy polar bear for at least 15 minutes. She loved that bear. She loved it so much that when Mommy told her she could have anything in the entire museum gift shop, she chose a 50-cent postcard depicting the bear and kissed it repeatedly on the way to the car, all whilst repeating “beah” and holding up the card for Mommy to kiss also. (The card is currently on my back floorboard and when I showed it to her yesterday, she threw it on the ground. So fickle is child!)
We ordered pizza and ate it on her princess table and chairs in front of the television. She helped make pancakes for breakfast and meatballs for dinner. We went for long walks and to the park and to the Zionsville Fall Festival. It was totally awesome.
She has learned to say “Sit down” and “Get up,” both very useful when your Mommy is either a). Busy doing something and unable to sit down on the floor to play with you or b). Very tired and just wants to rest for minute before dancing to Skip to My Lou for the eighty billionth time. Thanks so much.
I’ve tried the transition time that you all suggested, and it’s mostly worked. Sometimes she still doesn’t want to leave. And yesterday it about broke my heart when her two little “friends” waved to her from the door, calling out after her, “bye! Bye!” and she turned around, waved at them and plaintively said, “Bye.” Poor kiddo.
Since then, I’ve had a very difficult time at work, which I shall not talk about because of the Golden Blog Rule and also the thing called Company Blogging Policy for Employees that is posted on our intranet site. Suffice it to say that at one point I crazily thought my job was in jeopardy, and I have needed copious amounts of a.) vodka b.) Lunestra c.) pain relievers left over from my C-section and d.) All of the above, in order to get even five hours of sleep a night. This situation should be resolved on Monday, which still leaves four sleepless nights, but I think I can handle it.
Anyway – I need some advice on something, and if any of you out there have not completely given up on me for not updating for a week, can you help? We are looking to switch our child care situation. Right now, we go to a home day care and we LOVE our babysitter very much. However, at our last doctor’s appointment, the pediatrician indicated that Angel Face is VERY FAR AHEAD developmentally (making up for the slowness in physical development, I suppose), and we’d like to get her into a program that includes some teaching element.
Now I have some angst over this, for a number of reasons:
1. How do we make the switch? Do we just drop her off at the new place one day, cold turkey?
2. How do I tell our babysitter, who is like a part of our family? She suspects already, I think, so this wouldn’t be as traumatic as I once thought, but still…
3. What about her friends at the old day care? Should I give my contact information to our babysitter so she can pass it along to the other mothers to see if they want to get together?
4. Also, we plan to move at some point in the next two-three years. Is it crazy to change her day care now and then have to change later?5. If you were looking at two day cares, and one was a lot nicer than the other, but they are the two best you’ve seen and you’d be comfortable with your kid at either one, would you wait until spring for the much-nicer one (with a waiting list) or go to the other one right away? And if you went to the other one right away, would you then switch again in the spring? This seems unnecessary to me…