Trasitioning to a new daycare is tough. It doesn’t matter how great the daycare is. In the early days it was easier but only because Jack couldn’t communicate and slept a lot more. He nursed a lot after I picked him up but that was it. These days, not only does he nurse more but he is extremely emotional and has to be in constant contact with Joe or me when we get home.
Last night we got nothing done. Jack threw several tantrums when:
I put the stroller away when he wanted to climb on it
we made him lay still while I changed his diaper
I set him down because he wouldn’t stop wiggling on my lap
I tried to keep him in bed to go to sleep
Joe put his new markers (the magic kind that only color on special paper – thanks, Grandma Darla!) away because he was sucking on the tip
Those are the only ones I can remember but I am sure there were more. Jack has this nasty habit of banging his head when he is tired or upset and he did it several times last night, leaving a red mark on his forehead. In reading my child development book I learned that this is not uncommon and most head-bangers have increased sensitivity, musical ability, and even intelligence. Weird!
We went to bed at 9 last night (although I tried to get Jack in bed multiple times before that because he was obviously exhausted). Our apartment is a mess, we still haven’t unpacked, and we are dangerously close to running out of clean diapers but it sure felt good to go to sleep early.
So, the new daycare transition is going as well as can be expected. The first day was rough, with Jack crying a bit and refusing to eat anything other than goldfish crackers, but the second day went much more smoothly with smiles and more eating. The boy loves corn apparently (at home he only plays with it). He managed to nap well both days so far, as well.
I’m really hoping that we can stay with this daycare for years. This is Jack’s fifth daycare in 18 months and it surely has been an emotional roller coaster. I have my fingers crossed that this is the last transition he has to make until preschool, at least.