Monday, December 1, 2008

I knew it would happen eventually

We have had Mia over a year and a half and we have been committed to keeping her out of childcare. Her first year home we were able to arrange my mom and sister to watch her at our house while I work my 2 days a week. I was off all summer and then this school year we were lucky enough to have Kevin's mom watch Mia one day a week. The other day Kevin's schedule was such that he was able to watch her. So the two days I work, childcare has been taken care of-- until now.

Kevin's schedule is changing this week and he will no longer be able to watch Mia on Thursdays so I am having to do what I have dreaded doing for a year and a half-- put Mia in childcare. It is only one day a week but it is still hard and I have some major mommy guilt about this. I know it is necessary but it is hard.

Today I had Owen's parent teacher conference and while I was at the school I spoke with some of the teachers at the school and they shared with me that they all use the same lady who they have all used for years and she only takes kids who are teachers kids. She came highly recommended and everyone loves her so I figured she was a good referral. I called her this afternoon to see if she was even willing to do the one day a week and luckily she was. She sounds wonderful and she has a couple other 2 year olds so Mia will be in good company. Anyway, we are visiting her home tomorrow at 10:30am to check it out. If all looks good, we are going to start Mia next week-- Thursday. The other really cool thing about her is that she is OK with me dropping Mia another day a week if i have assessments to do in other districts (and when my business gets busy). So, she sounds perfect and I cant wait to meet her tomorrow. I pray Mia will feel comfortable and be at ease with her. I pray it will be an easy transition. This is really hard for me because I am so motivated by guilt and what I "should" be doing. I know this will be good for Mia but I know it will be hard at the same time. Anyway, your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated tomorrow as we visit the program.

Changsha Hunan-- 6 months old

Disneyland-- 2 years old-- WOW has she grown!!

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  1. I hope Mia likes the woman who runs the child care. I wouldn't feel too guilty - she's seems so well adjusted. Think of it this way, many kids start preschool these days when they are 2. I'm also sure Mia will love the interaction with the other children. Lily loves to be around other kids and you can tell from your pitures that Mia does too!

    Good luck with the visit.


  2. I know it is hard to have to take them to daycare, but this scenario sounds pretty good....and like you said, it is only one day a week! I hope all goes well with the visit....thinking of you!!


    Almost forgot....Mia has really grown in a year and a half! It always amazes me how much they change in such short periods of time. I just looked at picture of Sarah from August and she looks so different!!

  3. Don't feel guilty girly..
    I will have to put Isabella in daycare as soon as I go back to work.. and hopefully I will be off at least 12 weeks..
    It will really be hard.. but Mia will love the socialization with the other kids..
    Hugs girly..
    This lady sounds great..
    I wish I lived closer.. I would watch her in a heartbeat..
    Love ya girly..
    And it is sooo amazing how much she has grown.. she is soooo BEAUTIFUL..

  4. I'm sure Mia will have fun. I know it has to be hard leaving her though. Actually for me, right now...I am SO praying that August 2009 gets here so I can send my two little ones to school and get a job!!! UGH!! :)Hey...I'm just honest...but I'm sure when that time comes that I have to send them...I'll be having mixed emotions and missing them!! Mia seems like she's got personality PLUS and I think she'll have a wonderful time!! If she's Sanguine...she'll adjust to change wonderfully!!! :) Hope yall have a great week!!

  5. Christy, don't beat yourself up. I'll bet Mia will LOVE having that day to play with other kids her age. One or two days a week is such a small amount of time.

    I hope you love the woman!! (and I hope Mia does too!)

  6. Mommy guilt..ahh..we all have it...but really I think she might actually like it one day a week. Sounds like you have found a great place for her, I'm going to bet that she is going to LOVE it!

  7. Sorry you're having to do this but I hope it all works out to be great!

  8. yes she has grown. don't feel guilty about the daycare. be glad that for at least 1 1/2 years she wasn't in a group setting!!

  9. Oh Christy I so hear you on this, the guilt thing that is. I am the same way and it is horrible I know. It will be wonderful for Mia to have that interaction once a week. It sounds like a perfect place, I'll keep you in my prayers.

  10. It will be ok, I think she will enjoy playing with the other children. It may be tough at first, but I think it may be good for her in the long run.

  11. It is hard to start on daycare, but it sounds like the best situation possible. She'll probably love being with the other kids. Mommy guilt -- it never goes away -- even when the kids are grown up, believe me! Take care and don't be hard on yourself. You are one incredible Mom! And look how tiny she was -- what a beautiful girl!


  12. Gosh, she has grown so much and what a cutie she is! I totally understand the guilt part as that is why I have been keeping Gracie out of preschool until she's older but go easy on yourself as you are a working mom too and I'm sure Mia with have a blast playing with the other kids. Sorry for all my postings but I'm trying to get caught up. :)


  13. Christy,
    Rowan goes to a parents day out program one day a week and she loves to play with the other kids her age. I think Mia will love this daycare with other ones her size. It will be good for her to get that interaction. She probably gets spoiled by her big brothers like Rowan does and the interactive play and sharing are so wonderful for them.

  14. I don't think you should have guilt at all. You only do it 2 days a week and you have summers off. It will be good for her and you! Since it sounds like it is a good place I am sure she will be fine.