August 10, 2009

First Day at Daycare

I dropped PK off at daycare this morning. I managed to make it in at a good time, since we were able to skip feeding PK breakfast in the morning. They daycare provides the kiddies with a morning snack, and I was told that if I brought her box of cereal, they could feed it to her.

The nice thing about PK being at daycare is that I get to wake up a full 30 minutes after I was waking up when my mom looked after PK. That and I have a bit more flexibility on when I go home. I will still pick her up at a good time, but at least I don't have to bolt from the office like a madwoman.

Waking PK up this morning was hard. She wasn't quite awake when I went up to her room this morning, but she was nevertheless in a good mood. Although I didn't feed her any breakfast, I did give her a bottle before we left. Out of 80ml, she had 60ml at home, and then the rest on the subway ride over.

I decided to take her in the carrier with me, in spite of the fact that I would also be carrying my big-ass 32L backpack and a bag packed with all of PK's daycare stuff (a box of diapers, a container of wipes, cereal, a hat, a change of clothes, 2 sippy cups, sunscreen, diaper rash cream, and her sleep sack. Somehow I managed. It's a short walk to the subway stop, and then another short walk from the subway to the daycare. Also, fortunately at that hour, the subway was pretty empty, so there was an extra seat for me to dump the extra bag. Carrying that extra bag was tough, since I had to had to hold it. It was quite the arm workout! Going up the stairs was also quite the workout, since I had PK, the backpack, and PK's bag. And I was worried about getting my morning exercise...

I will be sad when PK outgrows the Ergo carrier. I really enjoy having her cuddled up to me on the way to daycare. It's our special little bonding time. I think I'm still okay for the next little while, since she is rather dainty. It has been so convenient having it. It was indispensable during our trip for naptimes, and it has been great for taking her to daycare. It's so much better than having to lug a stroller around (even our little Bugaboo Bee), trying to navigate the often-inaccessible Toronto subway system.

The daycare drop-off went pretty smoothly. PK cried when I took her out of the carrier, but then the caregiver soon put her in one of the highchairs and gave her some cheerios. I unloaded PK's supplies, and kissed her goodbye. She didn't even notice me leave. I was a bit saddened by this, but at the same time, it's better than having her ball her eyes out when I leave.

I hope she has a good day at daycare, and I look forward to picking her up in the evening.

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