Happy Thursday friends. Today’s Side-by-Side thought is about daycare!
We have found a wonderful woman to watch our little man while I have been working on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I obviously am not there all day to see what they do at daycare. But when I drop him off and pick him up twice a week, I can just tell she loves watching the kiddos that come in.
So, when I am about to say that I am so over daycare, it has nothing to do with the fact that I think daycare sucks or I’m nervous about leaving him there, because our daycare provider is awesome. It is just that I am so ready to become a full-time stay at home mom.
The days I am home with Harrison are so much fun and I just love getting into the routine with him, but I get totally thrown off on the days I leave him at daycare while I go into work.
There are a million reasons I am so over daycare but here are the top 10…
10. Leaving Baby H totally throws off my mommy groove…
When did he nap last? How long did he nap for? How much did he eat today? When was the last time he ate? When I’m with him all day I know these things. I like knowing what he got up to during the day and when he’s having fun at daycare with the other kiddos, I totally miss out on all of that.
9. Pumping is a lot of work (boo hoo, wah wah)
I am breastfeeding my little man and now that he and I are both old pros at the whole nursing thing (haha…right…) it just feels a whole lot easier to just feed him when he is hungry. Now that I am going in to work I have to plan a head. How much milk will I need, when is the best time to pump to save up milk, what if I don’t send enough milk with to daycare? Then, not to mention the fact that when he and I are away, I need to sneak off to pump otherwise my boobs feel like they are ready to explode!
8. It always makes me late to work
I cannot just daycare drop and dash! The woman is probably like just get going already, but every morning that I drop him off I stand around shooting the breeze while I try to sneak in a few more minutes of snuggling with H before I have to leave, therefore, I never make it to work by 8 a.m. good thing my co workers aren’t watching the clock for me to get in on those days!
7. I’m paranoid about everything
I don’t know if it is a mother thing in general or just a new mom problem, but I am worried about everything when I am away from my little buddy. What if one of the kids at daycare is sick and it makes my little man sick, too? or What if something happens and they lose my phone number and they can’t call and I’m completely oblivious all day!? Ahh…it’s too much. (Okay, I might be over-reacting, but the struggle is real.)
6. Snuggles, where are my snuggles?
Okay, now I know the snuggle struggle is really real. I hand Harrison off to our very kind daycare provider and he snuggles right in to her…right in front of me! No fair..aren’t those MY snuggles!? On days I work I just sit there imagining all the sweet snuggles I’m missing out on.
5. I get the leftovers
By leftovers, I mean that by the time I am done working and pick him up, he has already had his fun and is all tired out. So, all we really have time to do together is he eats, gets a bath and it’s off to bed. I like leftover pizza, but I don’t like leftover baby time. No way.
4. Someone else is getting those smiles
My favorite time of day is the morning because my little buddy is well-rested, fed and changed and is full of smiles and giggles. Those decrease throughout the day as he gets tired and fussy. So I don’t have time to enjoy those smiles before I drop him off and by the time I pick him up he is so over smiling and ready to sleep. Sad stuff, right? I miss my smiles on the off days!
3. My heart isn’t in my work
I love/d my job as a reporter. I got paid to chat with people, hear amazing stories, then go back to the office and drink coffee and write out those amazing stories to share them with the rest of the world. But, once I decided to become a stay at home mom. My heart was not fully in the job. Especially now that my babe is here, my heart is with him and my hubby 100%, it’s hard to concentrate at the office now.
2. Did I miss any milestones?
With Harrison being 3 months old, everything he does is a milestone. Right now he is really close to figuring out the whole rolling over thing, so I am worried he is going to figure it out while he’s at daycare! In the words of Aerosmith, “I don’t wanna miss a thang!” What if he rolls over and the daycare provider doesn’t know it’s his first time doing it, then she wouldn’t even think to mention it to me! Ahhhh…..
and, last but certainly not least….
1. I miss out on making memories
I live for the little moments, reading to him, watching him figure out the world. When we are together we are busy making so many memories. He may not remember all of these things right now, but I want to remember them and be there for them so I can be sure to share them with him when he is older. It is important for kids to be around other kids and socialize but I am selfish and want to be with him to shape those memories now. When I’m home with him we can go for walks or go out and visit his Daddio at the farm! Every moment is a memory, and I want to make the most of it!
So, even though we have a great person who we trust to be with Harrison every Tuesday and Thursday for the time being, I am so over it! I want my snuggle bug back! 🙂
Tell me your thoughts….
What about you? What do you miss most if you are at work or away from your little one during the day? Or for a fun twist, if you work at a daycare or are a teacher what are your favorite moments with little ones?