Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Daycare

Right now I’m a stay-at-home mom and as I’ve said many times on this blog, we don’t get out much. As a result Bennett doesn’t get many opportunities to be around other kids. I think he’s missing out, especially considering that he’s a social butterfly who loves people – especially little people. So, I’ve talked about putting him into daycare for a couple mornings a week with most of his caregivers and we all agree it would be a great idea for many reasons:

#1. Socialization - an opportunity to be with his peers and learn how to play with others and make friends.

#2. Motivation - watching other kids run around and communicate will probably be the best motivator to get him moving.

#3. Time - for me to do my own therapy, to relax, etc.

So, I’ve selected a daycare that I think I’ll like but I guess I won’t know until he starts. I went yesterday to talk to them and get a tour. They seemed excited to have him there and didn’t seem concerned about the “special needs” aspect - unlike the other two places that never called me back. I had my tour of the toddler room during lunch time. They were all sitting in their little chairs eating. The chair thing seems to be one of their biggest concerns as they don’t use high chairs. I was prepared for this thanks to Kiera’s blog. I think it will be ok – his balance is pretty good. He just might need a bit of practice and some extra help. However, I have to be honest and tell you that the kids freaked me out a little. They were all sitting quietly, munching away on their pasta and just stared at me – like a bunch of little robots. It’s quite different during meal time around here. Bennett spends a lot of time laughing, saying “mmmmmmmm”, poking his food, dropping it for the dog, etc. Will this will be a problem or maybe he’ll turn into a quiet little eater too?

I went back today with Bennett so the caregivers could get a better idea of what his needs are. Well, he just loved it – he was all over the room exploring and checking out the toys. He liked it even better outside where he got to play in the sand box and ride on a little car. I don’t even think he noticed when I left to fill out paperwork. The kids didn’t seem as “robot-like” when they were playing. However, Bennett seemed to have more fun than anyone else. During story-time, he was excited and attentive and was all smiles when one of the caregivers was singing. The other kids didn’t seem nearly as excited – maybe because it’s all old hat to them? It’s hard to get the “big picture” when you’re only there for an hour.

Anyway, he probably won’t start until mid October. It will take a while to get all the paperwork done. I expect that there will be tears – mostly mine. Today was just a brief glimpse of what it will be like to let him go into the big world all by himself. The picture looks a bit scary to me, but apparently Bennett is much braver than I am.

7 comments:

Kara said...

Wow! I knew you were thinking about daycare, but I didn't realize you were going through with it already. Way to go! Bennett will surely love it, and you'll be so surprised at how quickly he'll pick up on lots of new little skills. I can't wait to hear all about it!

North Dakota Ward's said...

Keep us posted on how it continues to go. That will be really good for him and for you.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful news for you both! Enjoy.
BA

Dawn said...

I'm sure it will work out wonderfully! LOL about the little eating robots...I'm sure that place is plenty crazy most of the time. ;) Just kidding of course. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bennett,
we are so excited to hear that you will be going to day care a few hours a week. You will love it there! Imagine the fun you are going to have with all the other kids. Your little cousing, who has moved on to the big kids floor will be allowed to come down to visit and of course your older cousins who cook will be there as well. How can you lose?
Just have funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
You are growing up so fast that I kind of miss the little baby that used to wriggle around until he found the perfect snuggle spot under my chin.AHHHHHHHH PERFECT BLISS!
Lots of loves, hugs and kisses
grandma and grandpa

Once again I have to use ANOMYMOUS.
JUST REALLY, REALLY ,REALLY BUGS ME.

Kiera Beth said...

I am glad that I could prepare you for the seating. That was a surprise to me when I found it out. I loved the little robot comment.

At our day-care mealtimes are a zoo, but that is because Reichen keeps taking food from the other kids if they do not keep him well fed. Silly little boy.

I know what you mean about the tears of leaving him at day-care. It really has been good for Ike to be around other little kiddos. He has learned so much and I really think that some of the skills he has are a result of him wanting to keep up with his peers.

Keep us posted.

Mummu and Poppa said...

Our little trooper - Bennett - will have a ball making new friends and having new experiences at day care. He is truly a 'social mixer'. With all the other kids he might have to speak to get what he wants. Time will tell.

October 15 will be Bennett's 'Big Day'!

Good Luck and God Bless our 'Little One'!

Love and Prayers

Mummu and Poppa
xxx ooo xxx ooo