When we signed Baby MPB up for daycare, we also requested a few warm-up daycare days. So, while Baby MPB doesn’t actually start full-time daycare for a few more weeks, he will begin the transition right away. The plan is that he will slowly exposed to the daycare. He will get to explore the centre, play with other children, play with new toys and meet all the staff.
We are planning a slow but stead introduction over the next few weeks. The tentative plan is for one day a week. The first visit will be a few hours, and I will be there the entire time. The second visit, if all goes well, will be a bit longer and hopefully I can sneak out for a little bit so that he can play without me. And the third visit will hopefully be even longer and without me. And then, hopefully, he’ll be ready for a full day.
Of course, we do realize that with all the best laid plans, it may go nothing like this. Who knows, maybe he’ll instantly love daycare so much that he wont care if I’m not around. Or, maybe he’ll have a complete breakdown when I leave, and we’ll need more days of adjusting. Truthfully, I’m hoping he absolutely loves it right away.
So today is our first daycare play-date. Baby MPB and I will be spending a few hours this morning at the daycare. I’ll be there the entire time. Right now I expect that I’ll probably ask a thousand questions, and he’ll probably just play and try to eat all the toys (he’s currently pushing through his 5th tooth in 3 weeks!!)
Honestly, I expect that Baby MPB will happily play with the new toys and other children. And, I fully expect that I will struggle with every single second.
I still believe our decision to send Baby MPB to daycare is the best decision for Baby MPB. But I fully acknowledge my mommy heart isn’t ready for this.
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