July 5, 2011
I’ve always been pro-change. Whether making big decisions or small, I see true value in being able to not only accept but to embrace change – after all, its the spice of life!
Our little family has decided that Baby H will be starting daycare soon! I know, its not a super drastic change for most but for us it definitely will be. I have had mixed feelings about the whole daycare dilemma but we finally decided that it is the best decision for Baby H. The more time we spend with him, the more we realize how quickly he is growing and how much he loves to explore his world and learn!
We considered many options – me staying at home (boring for him) hiring a nanny (same, one person constantly, same environment) and even having Gma watch him. But the thought of keeping him at home in the same environment just didn’t seem fair. As much as we do get out (two or sometimes even three times a day!) its not the same for him as having the dynamic space with new people and other babies that he would get at daycare.
I have heard so many mums having great experiences with daycare that it seemed the natural thing to do.
That’s not to say it wasn’t a hard decision and that I’m not wracked with nerves about the whole thing! But with his strong, super sociable personality I am really hoping he will love it! And that means that for the next few weeks I will be cherishing EVERY moment with him even more than I normally do! Yes even those times he refuses to nap, pulls my hair, tears my new tops or wants to grab the wires near the TV.
Instead I’ll be focused on the way when he wakes up after a nap he sits up in his crib and babbles until I come to get him. Or when he calls ‘mama’ when he is bored and wants to do something fun. Or the way he crinkles up his little nose when he smiles at me if I do something funny.
GAHHHHH! Ok now I’m going to cry!!!
What are your experiences with childcare for baby? Do you stay at home? Would love to hear from other mamas & papas out there!
April 20, 2011
Off we go to sing our hearts out
To kickstart our spring activities, I initially enrolled in a Mommy & Baby fitness class. After speaking with a girlfriend of mine who had taken the class, my
apprehension at spraining something better judgement made me cancel. She described one of the exercises – ‘The Circle of life’ whereupon one takes their babe in their arms, holding them straight out across their chest and moves them in a circle repeatedly. I tried this with Baby H and…let’s just say the ‘Circle of life’ became a crazy shaking octagon. Clearly this class was made for superstrong women with smaller babies 😉
Since I get most of my fitness from daily play with Baby H, I wasn’t really heartbroken about cancelling. The goal is more for him to have some fun social time with other babies as opposed to me getting my sweat on and so my search for fun activities continued.
Which led us to baby music classes. We have our daily afternoon sing/dance party sessions at home anyways so may as well do it with other babies around.
Today was our first class and boy did he love it! Between the singing, the musical instruments, the dancing and the parachute at the end – he was havin’ a great ole time. As for me, I actually didn’t mind the singing as much as I thought I would. I mean, we sing at home all the time and I know my voice sucks so I am fine with the public knowing too. However, as some of the other mums warbled along in perfect pitch I felt I had to make up for my meagre singing skills by just being loud and singing with gusto. I think we pulled it off and H’s cackling laughter made me feel pretty darn good about my efforts.
It’s Earth week so the songs were all about the sun, rain, earth etc.
A great time had by all. Loved that the group wasn’t too big too so he had a lot of time to play around with the other babies.
Oh yes…it was also my first time being mistaken for the nanny but I’m sure it won’t be the last 😉
image courtesy of rainbowsongs.com