|The women at daycare sent me this picture while I was working. I'd say he seems to be enjoying himself.|
Yeah, I never thought I'd utter those words either. But I am. I'm glad my son is in daycare. Most days anyway. Okay, maybe like one hour of each day and the rest of the time I wish I was at home snuggled up with him. But for that one hour of each day, I'm glad. And this is why:
1. He's got lots of toys to play with. And they all stay AT daycare. If I was a stay at home mom, I'd have to have all those toys in my house. Now instead I get to just have a small basket of toys and rely on daycare to let him play with a large variety.
2. He can make friends. And then I get to become friends with his friends' parents so then I have friends. Really, it's a win-win.
3. He's used to being away from me. It makes it a lot easier to go away on weekends when he's used to being around other people. It also seems to help keep him out of the "stranger anxiety" stage.
4. I get to do what I want to do. We can file this under Sarah's Selfish Reasons, but I worked really hard for my education and hard to find a job that "fit", and I'm glad that I get to go work every day and enjoy what I do.
5. I get a break for 8 hours a day. Let's be honest. Sometimes we just need a break from our kids. So for 8 hours every day, I get to pass him off to someone else to deal with whining and crying and pooping and feeding. Plus, absence makes the heart grow fonder, eh? (Okay fine, most of those 8 hours I'm sitting there thinking about how much I miss him and how I can't wait until those 8 hours are over to go see him.)
6. I get to "rescue him" and feel like a hero every day. Another for the selfish reasons file, but each day when I get to daycare and he sees me walk in the door- the smile I get makes me feel like the freakin' Beatles. He gets so excited to see me that I almost want to walk out the door and back in again just to see that smile.
Full disclosure: None of these reasons make me that happy to be away from him. But sometimes you just have to set your mind on denial mode so that you can make it through each day when you really wish you were at home with your baby.