Abbey did great on her first day of school. She was a little nervous when we first arrived, but when I went to pick her up she was swinging and talking to everyone. I called and checked on her half way through the day and she had played well outside and took a two hour nap in the afternoon. They give you a daily "report" of the child's activities and at the bottom of the report "Miss Michelle" wrote that she was very sweet and had a great first day! I'm so pleased with our decision and with the way Abbey did. She was worn out last night and asked to go to bed at 7:00, so I think this is going to be a great routine to have her in. I hope she does this good tomorrow on her second day!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Well, I've avoided it for as long as I can, but Abbey will start day care next Monday. I'm actually excited about it. My SIL has become very unpredictable about keeping Abbey and mom is still limited to what she can do so we started looking into the University Child Care Center here on campus. It is amazing! They run it like a pre-school and the kids are in a good routine. They have to bring healthy meals from home for snacks and lunch (so I have to research that a little to make sure she is getting what she needs) and they go outside twice a day, have story time, self chosen activites and planned activites plus a two hour rest (nap) time in the afternoon. The best thing is that Abbey will be in class with her cousin Aila and other little boys and girls. I think she was getting bored playing by her self or with only adults at home. I really think it is a good time in her little life to be around other kids. She loves her Sunday school classes and Wednesday night classes at church and knows the other children by name, so I think it will help her. Plus they really learn at the center since it is run like a pre-school. I have a good feeling about it. I don't think it will be like just leaving her at a day care. Everyone I have talked to that has a child there or has ever had a child there is positive about the experience and since me staying home is just not a possibility right now, I think this is the next best thing. We are really trying to make it a big deal for Abbey. We have plans to go shopping this weekend for a lunch box, school socks and other things that she will need to get started. Please keep us in your thoughts as we make this transition and I'll let you know how things go next week.
Posted by Carrie Sparks McClain at 9:29 AM