Something big happened last week. Courtney and I visited a daycare for our son. Yes daycare!!!
When I decided to become a stay at home mom I was prepared to be at home with Santana all day everyday. However as is my motto, “my life is a work in progress.” I’m just figuring it all out as I go. I have only been a mom for 20 months, but I learn new things everyday. What I do know is that Santana can and will benefit from being around other kids his age. So even though I am feeling so much emotionally, this will be beneficial to my son and his development. Courtney and I decided on a school that is 100% Spanish immersion, because we have decided to raise our kids bilingual.
When I tell you guys I was not ready, I was seriously not ready. The weekend before he started I spent the entire time loving on my son. I know I was probably being extra, but who cares I’m a mommy and I’m allowed to be extra. My husband on the other hand laughed at me, but he’s a pilot so he’s used to being away from us.
So I spent the weekend preparing for daycare
1. Trust your choice: we chose a full Spanish immersion program for him. We asked our friends for suggestions, visited the website, and the school. We left the school feeling completely secure with our decision.
2. It’s okay to be emotional. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are overreacting. These are important milestones in our kids lives. If you want to be the parent who cries then go ahead and cry a little!
3. Lean on your tribe! I have been with my son everyday. I know most mom’s can relate. My husband is a pilot so he’s gone a lot. So my son has been like my bff. I reached out to some of my mom tribe and they helped me a lot. Not only did they ask about Santana’s first day but they checked on me as well.
1. Label everything!!! Initially I went to Walmart and bought fabric labels. However, because I have amazing mom friends, my friend Karla told me about a company called Inchbug. She had some sippy cup labels for her boy’s and I fell in love. So I went to the Instagram and was convinced. The orbit labels for the sippy cups are amazing because they are machine washable and unlike markers or sharpies they don’t wear off. The fabric labels I used for everything else don’t come off when you wash them either.
2. Start the night before. It’s easiest to get what you can ready the night before so you aren’t running around lost in the morning. It also gives you an opportunity to use that time getting your kids ready.
3. Give yourself time. I know my biggest time consumer is doing my son’s hair in the morning. He fights me to the death. But I’m going to be honest, if it’s not one thing then it’s another. Everything might run smoothly at home and then I leave the house and sit in traffic. On my son’s first day, we walked to the class hand in hand. When he saw the kids, he immediately let go of my hand and sat at the table. He never even looked up at me. I know it’s not that easy for some parents so you might have to give yourself a little time for goodbyes.
4. Write down any questions you may have. I am horrible at remembering questions I have for people period. If there were any questions you didn’t get to ask at your tour write them down. I know I had questions when I dropped him off and picked him up.
Preparing for daycare is different for everyone
I am a list maker, it helps me stay organized and it keeps me from forgetting stuff. I would suggest making a list of all the things you need to do and working your way through the list.
When I went to pick Santana up the teacher told me he had a great day. I was afraid he wasn’t going to adjust to his new surroundings, but he loved it! I was the one who was having the hard time. He seriously gets his people skills from his dad!
I had A LOT of help preparing from my mom friends. So I felt it was only fair I pass on the information I learned. Are there any other tips or suggestions you would like to add to help parents preparing for daycare?
Until Next Time!