Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Change....is GOOD!

As some of you might recall, I had the dubious task of breaking up with my daughter's babysitter this summer. In fact, that post offered up my first blog drama. I mustered up my nerve, and made it happen. I do believe she was disappointed and more than a tad aware that I hadn't been ultra happy with everything, even though I didn't mention it. I gave her 6 weeks notice, since she hadn't expected Sugar back until late August. We have tentative plans to meet at the park so I can take some pictures of all the kids for Sugar Bear's scrapbook. I have no ill feelings toward Shannon. We just have extremely different parenting styles, and when it came down to it, I could no longer see my daughter in that situation.

This all brings us to this week. My first week back to work, and Sugar Bear's first full week at her new daycare/pre-school. I am thrilled to report that WE LOVE IT! Lorene is a wonderful, experienced, and thoughtful provider. Both Sugar Bear and I have warmed up to her right away. There is a fabulous comfort level, and instant trust. The children in her care are obviously bonded to her, as she is to them. My daughter isn't usually very quick to interact with an adult, but she is very fond of "Her Lorene!" This is making the transition back to work so much easier for us.

Of course not everything is easy peasy. Is it ever? There are a few things that Sugar Bear is having to adjust to, but all are working out nicely.

-Mastering a regular cup: ummm yeah...I was super lazy about offering her drinks in a regular cup. Sippy cups are just so convenient.

-Wearing pull-ups: she is totally NOT interested in potty training. Originally, Lorene had mentioned that Sugar Bear would need to be potty trained, but upon further discussion, and realizing that she is just not ready, we have settled on pull-ups for now.

-Napping on a little cot with other kids a few feet away: Sugar Bear has always slept in a crib or pack and play in a room all to herself. It is definitely different for her to have so much distraction in the room. She is doing great though. She has slept for 1-1.5 hours each day. At home she does 1.5-2 hours usually, so I'd say she is adjusting pretty well.

-Having to try new foods or go hungry until the next meal: I am actually a little glad that she will have to start eating a better variety of foods. I have fallen into the "feed her what she likes" trap this summer. BAD MAMA! I am hoping that this experience will encourage her to branch back out, and eat a wider variety of foods. Lorene serves wonderfully wholesome meals. Every meal has something that Sugar Bear likes, usually fruit, so she won't starve.

The actual pre-school part begins in September and I am sooooooooooooooooo excited. Sugar Bear is a bright little honey, and I know she is going to love the organized activities! :) I am literally jumping out of my skin waiting for her first art project to come home to me. I CAN'T WAIT!!!! You all better be ready to see the pictures. :) I also hope to have some pictures of her new home away from home, and her new friends, but I need to double check permision to share them.

All in all, I can not be more pleased with our new child care situation. It is never easy to leave her in the care of another, and no one will EVER be just like me, but I really do think we have found something VERY close. She is making new friends, learning wonderful social skills from a provider who understands child development, and will soon be a pre-schooler. Life is good.

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Sara said...

I'm so glad that you and Kenna have found a caregiver that makes you truly happy. I'm sure Kenna couldn't be in better hands (aside from yours, that is). I can't wait to see that first art project, either!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Finding good childcare is sooo stressful - that's awesome that you've found someone you like so much. My kids eat things at daycare that they won't touch at home, so I figure at least they're getting the good stuff somewhere, lol.

Laura said...

Corey, I'm so happy for you! I know how hard it is for you to be away from Kenna, and this must feel like such a blessing and a weight off your shoulders! :)

It sounds like this caregiver is terrific, and I have no doubt that Kenna will thrive once the preschool stuff starts too! Yay!

bellevelma said...

I remember when my son started the 3s class and they had a no sippy cup rule. I felt like I'd been slapped. What?! No sippy cups? How's he going to drink then? I had NO warning it would be like that. I was very upset. Thought they were just being mean. Funny, looking back I wonder why I ever bothered with sippys and having to clean the valves.... I'm glad you've got a place you're happy with!

Lori- Fairytales & Margaritas said...

I'm so glad that you're both happy! I can't wait to see her first project!

Corey~living and loving said...

Thank you everyone for the support! Leaving your "baby" with anyone is hard, but I truely am so blessed to have Makenna where she is. The next known opening for this daycare is in 2009. LOL She is in much demand. Good thing I was on her list since Kenna was in utero. :)

Michelle said...

Glad to hear this new day care situation is working out so well! what a relief that must be!

Pam said...

I'm so glad that things have worked out so well. The right person makes all the difference in the world.

Just curious...are you a teacher, or do you work in a school? Just wondering since it is back to school time and you are going back to work. :)

*Heidi* said...

Hi Corey, I didn't realize you went back so soon! I am so glad to hear the new child care is better and I'm thankful for you good reports! "Kenna Girl" is growing up so fast! This must be a wonderful lady, to have people waiting for years and years! Makes ME want to go there! And nap time! I'd love that! Nice to know she's getting a good nap in daily, too!

And you can bet I will be waiting to see more pictures...especially of her artwork!!! Yippe! Maybe you'll have to start a Artsy Kenna blog!

Have a good Friday!

Ingrid said...

I am glad things are working out. I am confident Kenna will adapt quickly to the sleeping/feeding arrangements, and if the other kids are in the process of being potty trained, that may spark her interest.

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