August 9, 2009

Daycare Half-Day

I know you're all in suspense wondering what happened with PK's half-day of daycare. Well, I am happy to report that PK got over her little meltdown at the daycare on Friday a couple of minutes after I left. I think that my quick exit helped.

When I came to pick her up, she was running around the room, as happy as can be. Then she saw me and wanted me to pick her up. It was very endearing. One of the caregivers gave me a summary of things that had gone on while I was out.

I was told that PK had a ball playing at the daycare, and only went down for 30 minutes in the morning. I think it's because I hadn't packed a sleep sac for her. I find that she sleeps a lot better in one.

She drank 25ml of water, and 60ml of formula, and totally went for the daycare lunch. Lunch that day was shepherd's pie. She's never had beef before; I try to avoid beef consumption due to bad feeding practices of cows in North America which can lead to mad cow disease). I'm pondering whether or not to be anal at the daycare and request no beef for her meals. Unfortunately, beef seems to show up 3 times a week or so in the menu. Another battle for another day. Anyway, she did eat the beef, and didn't seem to mind it. Yay for daycare food!

I'm glad that everything went well on Friday, but I was sure glad to have her back. It was, after all, my last part-time day. After an active morning at daycare, and only a short nap, however, I decided to put her down for a nap when we got home. She definitely needed it; she ended up sleeping for 2.5 hours!

The rest of our afternoon was fun. We played in the basement, continuing with our potty training. She drank a buttload of water and held in her pee for an hour until she could hold it in no more. Fortunately, she relieved herself in the potty.

Although I came pretty prepared for the half-day at daycare, this little exercise has made me realize that there was still a lot of prep-work and some extra supplies to buy before PK started there officially on Monday. We spent part of Saturday getting said supplies. Everything is packed and labelled. I think we're as ready as we can be.

On Monday, I will once again be a full-time employee. It's a bit of a relief, because, although this part-time thing has been good to ease back into work, I did feel like I was in a state of limbo, caught between the world of stay-at-home mom and full-time worker, but feeling like I belonged in neither world.

Now that my mat-leave has officially drawn to a close and I have no more full days at home with PK, I am a biy saddened. I am grateful, however, for the time that PK and I have had together. I have loved seeing her grow and develop over this past year. I wouldn't have had it any other way. It is sad that PK must now go to daycare and I must return to work, but that's part of life. Work is an important part of my life, but now I have to figure out how to properly balance work life and family life, even more than before. I am grateful that my mom can take care of her one day week. They have a great bond, and I want it to strengthen.

Leaving PK for the day will be hard for both of us (probably harder for me), but daycare will be great for her. I'm just glad that I'll be nearby should she need anything.
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