Because the area where we live is full of young families, there are tons of home-based daycares to choose from. We found one we like that's close to home & will be directly on our way to work & school. Though I am still annoyed at the lack of interest our government has in funding childcare in this province & I think there should be many more spaces at group childcare centres, I'm happy with our choice of care. Sprout will start there in less than a month, about a week before I start school so we can ease him into it as gradually as necessary. He's already very comfortable at the house--the two times he's been there, he made himself right at home immediately--it's just being away from me for up to nine hours that he'll have to get used to again.
|Farmer at the dentist, Johann Liss. Wikimedia Commons|
I have to admit--I'm really looking forward to that week he starts--I don't have much planned except a dentist appointment. But what luxury: just going to the dentist. By myself! No stroller to wrestle through heavy doors! No squirmy small person to dress & undress for the winter weather! The other days that he'll be there for a few hours I can... say, sew something without him stealing pins out of my pincushion. Or read a book without him jumping on me. Or go shopping & look at something for more than a minute without him either running off or trying to tip the stroller over.
I love my son. But after two & a half years of being with him pretty much full time, I'm really looking forward to some time to myself. I probably won't even cry when I leave him a full day at daycare. Probably.
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