Monday, August 06, 2007 5:24 PM
The first day of school is next week (has school always started this early?), which is relevant to our family even though my son isn’t quite four months old yet. The first day of school is also the first day that Patrick will go to a full-time daycare, and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been fortunate enough to have DH home in the morning and my mother come over in the afternoon to watch the baby, but that situation was only meant to be temporary until there was an opening at our daycare. Well, the time has come and as someone else’s little one heads off to his first day of kindergarten, ours heads to his first day in the care of someone other than family. Don’t get me wrong, I have complete faith in our caregiver – after all, she’s had an in-home daycare for 32 years and she has a spotless record with the state – but it’s still hard knowing that he’s no longer going to get one-on-one attention. My husband says I’m being silly and he’s probably right, but I can’t help but worry. Will the other children be gentle with him? Will anyone interact with him? Will he take his bottle at lunchtime, even though he’s used to being nursed at noon? My practical side knows that I’m being irrational, but my ferociously overprotective mama side is winning out. Is anyone else going through the same emotional struggle that I am right now? It does get easier, right?