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Day Care Take Duex

May 17th, 2005  · stk

I've been receiving enough outside PHP/CSS/XHTML programming work that I'm needing more than "nap-times" to keep up with the load. I'm trying to convince myself that's a good thing, even if it means shuttling Alex over to Day Care for two or three days a week. She's a very social little girl and I know that she doesn't mind (in fact I think she ENJOYS going), but I guess I still feel a little guilty. Like I'm abandoning her, or something. And yes, even though I get much more accomplished, I still miss my little girl!

Today was Alex's second-ever, full day at Day Care. We dropped her off around 8:30 AM and didn't pick her up till after 4:00 PM. Rachel was at the University most of the morning, but when she returned home, shortly after lunch, we wondered how our little girl was faring. Was she happy? Too anxious by all the excitement to sleep? We figured she was fine, but wanted to be flies on the wall, to see her interacting with others. Does she behave differently around others than she does at home?

When I went to pick her up at 4:00 PM, I noticed that they sent her home with an art project (her first) which you can see here. It is very appropriate, though would be even more appropriate if there had been dogs and cats on it (as we've received nearly an inch of rain since yesterday, lovely thundershowers with steady rain and thunder all last night) and then mostly overcast all day. It's more like Vancouver weather, than what we've been accustomed to in Alberta.

She also came home with a "report card" (of sorts) that tells us a little of her day. We know that she didn't have a morning nap. She ate noodles and some fruit for lunch, at 11 AM. She had an hour-long nap between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM, during which time, she drank a cup of milk. Snack was at 3:00 PM - cookies and milk (yum).

Diaper details are there too. Wet at 9:50 AM and 11:00 AM, not poopy till 2:30 PM and dry at a 3:50 PM check.

There are even teacher's notes: "Alex seemed to enjoy the toddler room (are you kidding ... we're sure she LOVED it!). Did get a bit fussy around 10:15-10:30 AM, then settled down." (Probably wanting a morning nap, which she's used to at home).

Talk about a fussy girl? After we walked home from the Day Care, which is just on the other side of the community park that is a block away, she was just WIPED. She fussed before dinner, because she was hungry, through dinner, because she wanted it to be over, and before bed, because she was so exhausted. Rachel put her to bed without even brushing her teeth (a rare event) and nearly a full hour before her normal bedtime. She'll get a good night's sleep tonight, that's for sure.

Alex sure had fun today! But Dad still feels a bit guilty for 'pawning' his daughter off to others for child care duties. I keep trying to convince myself that we BOTH benefit, even if our wallet is lighter for the doing of it. I suppose it could be a LOT worse (like if she wailed and dragged her feet when we dropped her off), but she doesn't. This morning we barely set her down, once inside, and she was off, with nary a glance over her shoulder. Off playing with the toys, interacting with the other kids and the care givers. We said "bye" and she was kinda like, "yeah, yeah ... see you later." (Maybe I'm mostly just insecure that she'll like it more than being at home, with Dad?)

One thing's for sure ... we're gonna be getting plenty of refrigerator art!

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Maybe you should get them to install a webcam ;)