#EverydayMom: #ToddlerTransitions

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Over the last last two weeks I have been home with my daughter as she transitions between childcare situations.

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During our first week, our days were busy but at times relaxing. We painted and read books, shared breakfast and played games of “chase” all before 9:30am. We also took long walks (and on the colder days visits to the mall), played in the local park, baked special treats like macaroons and muffins and visited local pools and play areas.

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During our second week together, we started the transition to daycare.  The centre’s policy is  that a parent stay with the child for two half days to help integrate them into the program and allow them time to adjust to the new environment.

The second day, they ask the parent to leave and come back after an hour. So what did I do? Where did I go? I wandered aimlessly around the mall, stopped for a coffee and a muffin and waited for the hour to be up.

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I should have enjoyed the moment, but all I could think about was — I wonder what she is doing? How is she doing? Is she playing nicely? Is she crying? 

OVERALL Thoughts?  

Cue drum roll please!

We loved it! From the time we arrived. We are super excited for a number of reasons – location, experience and just feedback from our friends and co-workers on the facility who have children there now and/or in the past. They made our little family so welcome from the moment we entered and really put our mind at peace during these initial days. We are expecting a few ups and downs, totally normal with daycare transition, but it isn’t anything we can’t handle!

Where you live, how hard is it to make childcare arrangements?

Here, in our city (not entirely clear on other parts of the country although I hear similar stories) finding childcare is one of the most difficult choices a new parent “to be” must face very very early on — I mean as early as finding out you are pregnant.

In September 2012, I found out I was pregnant and in October 2012, I added my unborn child to the centralized waiting list. Spots for under 12 months are limited and hard to get.

Thankfully, going back to work and finding an appropriate childcare provider did not end up being a huge concern for us, since we decided pretty early on to share a caregiver with our friends. BUT, can you believe that after two and a half years we were finally called that a spot was available for our little one.

Two and a half years later ….. 

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But here we are today, and our first week of the daycare transition is coming to an end.

How’d it go?

She was excited! We were excited! It was great!

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Well four days in and things seem to be going okay. A few “small hiccups” and crying moments, but when we pick her up after work she is as happy as can be. I found it difficult to pack up some of her items for her cubby hole.


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#FridayFavourites: Homemade #Scones, Date Nights, #Challenges and #PrettyHairAccessories

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I love linking up with Life In Leggings on Friday’s to share my favourites from the week (I try to share those things that really make me smile and keeps me going for the week to come). If you want to join the fun, click the badge below!

wpid-dsc_0243.jpg1. Homemade Scones: So it’s a wonder I can keep my form since my husband discovered the joys of making homemade scones. He first mastered a savoury scone (cheddar and chives) and now, he has discovered a delicious blueberry and lemon flavoured scone. The burst of the blueberry and the tartness of the lemon remind me of springtime and summer.

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2. Date Nights: These moments are rare right now for us with our little one. When we do get to go out for a night on the town we like to try new restaurants. This past weekend we tried a local Mexican themed restaurant we have had our eye on for a while.

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The food was okay, but the company made the evening so much better. It is always so satisfying to show how much you appreciate each other (sans bebe).

 

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3. Challenges: Well I would not be me if I did not challenge myself constantly. One of those challenges starts tomorrow – Saturday is the beginning of my Group Fitness Instructor training. Two days of intensive training! Can I handle this? I also just received my results from my Basic Theory Course, 94% baby!

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4. Hair Accessories: So I have been waiting for 22 plus months to finally tie a small ponytail and put a clip in my sweeties hair. The long wait is over. Look at her, it’s adorable!

 

 

 

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5. Playdates: I always love reconnecting with the ladies and babies (now toddler) my little one and I spent the majority of our time while I was on maternity leave with … running, chatting and drinking coffee. Many of these lovely ladies are already enjoying time off again with their newest arrivals or will soon be welcoming a new bundle to their beautiful families. Our kids have grown together over the last almost two years and it is amazing to watch how comfortable they are together and how well they play.

 


 

 

 

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