Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Back to School || Rebecca's First Week of Daycare
In the days and weeks leading up to Rebecca's start at daycare, people often asked if she took a bottle. It was definitely a concern because we know plenty of babies (myself included!) who refused a bottle. But based on the advice of our pediatrician and lactation consultant, we started with some bottles around week three, and she has never given us any problem with them. Kip is the bottle champ, and I would say Becca looks pretty cozy cuddled in with Daddy after a bottle. I'm not sure there is anything sweeter than a baby who falls asleep in your arms. We put her down...sometimes.
Rebecca started at her school, and I went back to school on a Tuesday which was an easier way to get back into a routine. Kip takes Becca to daycare in the morning, and on the very first day, he did drop off all by himself just like any other day. I cried as they left in the morning because it was such a big transition. But Becca didn't cry when he dropped her off, and when I picked her up at the end of the day, they said she did a great job. She ate a normal amount of milk and slept some!
There are eight babies and three really kind teachers in her room, and she's the youngest tyke so I think she gets held a lot! I really like her teachers and adjusting to the routine has gone pretty well. My biggest concern was that she would wake up more times in the night to nurse because she missed me, but her schedule has stayed about the same. Rebecca's such a good baby. She won't go over the summer, and we will get ten more weeks to hang out. I like to call it maternity leave, part two.
As for me, the transition went pretty well! The eight weeks not in my building were a good mental break and refreshed my sense of humor. You have to be able to laugh when you work in a middle school! It's actually one of my favorite times of the year as every day is different with unique challenges, celebrations, field trips and craziness. My buddies at work seem glad to have me back, and a few kids have been sweet in welcoming me back too. It's easier going back when you know your baby is in good hands and you love what you get to do. And the fact summer is just around the corner doesn't hurt either!