Today was a milestone people---Brielle's first ever time at daycare!
For my newer readers who may not know, I continued to work as a school psychologist when Raya was born. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom but my husband said, probably rightly so, that we should at least try the working mom thing, to see if maybe I actually did enjoy it....rather than let pregnancy hormones take over and have me quit my job due to irrational fear :-P So after a really nice 18 week maternity leave ( I was lucky!) Raya went to an inhome daycare.
Now daycare actually went fine for Miss Raya. Certainly there were things I would have done differently from the daycare provider, but that's just a mom thing I think ;-) However there were a multitude of reasons why I still wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, so just a couple weeks after Raya turned 1 year old was my last day of working outside the home!
Which means Miss Brielle here has never been to daycare a day in her life. She's stayed with family and friends for periods, but I don't consider that the same thing.
Now I enjoy staying home with the girls regardless of their ages, but most of my "issues" with daycare in and of itself are related to those baby days. Certainly I don't think Raya was permanently traumatized by daycare during her first year of life, and if I had no other option both girls would have survived with a working mom. But in general I don't see any benefit to daycare for the under age 1 crowd.
That said, I *do* see many social benefits to daycare for toddlers! Not enough so that I'm rushing to go back to work quite yet haha (I plan to stay home for one more year and go back to work when Raya starts kindergarten), but Miss Brielle is definitely a huge Mama's girl with a healthy does of "stranger danger". She's never stayed with any sort of daycare provider, and for awhile now I have thought it would be good for her!
So long story (kind of) short, the younger sister of a guy I graduated with does in home daycare and Sawyer, Harper, and Finn all go there occassionally so I felt comfortable with the provider. So today the girls went to daycare from 8am until 1pm! I had tons of Etsy sewing to do and got a ton done :-)
The daycare provider said the girls were excellent! She said Brielle had stopped crying before I even pulled out of the driveway (when I left Brielle told me "I have something to tell you"...and when I asked "what?" she told me "pick me up!" lol). I guess Brielle had a couple periods in the morning where she'd ask for me but then got back to playing pretty quickly. And the daycare provider said Raya did awesome and I guess when they got downstairs to the toys Raya asked, "so what are the rules down here?" hahaha. She said Raya was a really good big sister and also played nicely with the other little girl there. When I picked the girls up they both said they had fun! (Brielle did say "go to Mama's house now" though :-)
So I may try to take the girls over there a couple times a month just for a change of scenery and to keep Brielle used to it, since she will have to go to some sort of daycare once I go back to work.
I'm proud of my big girl, trying new things!
And I'm proud of Raya for making me look like a good mom by being on her best behavior! :-)