But with Hubby G starting the new job, his schedule changed and we felt that daycare would be our best choice. Also, C is no longer a tiny infant and we thought that it would be in his best interest to be around other babies and take advantage of the learning environment that daycare could provide.
The crazy thing was that our turnaround time to actually find a daycare, take a tour, and enroll was CRAZY short. Like a week. Less than a week actually.
God was watching out for us though and we were actually able to get into what we determined to be the best daycare center in our area and even though they typically have a waiting list that is several months long, they had one opening in the room that Baby C needed to be in! It was meant to be!
The first week of daycare was crazy. I wasn't really worried about my little dude because this center is really nice and clean and well-staffed and I'm really happy with all of that. Plus every room has web cams so that parents can login and see what their kids are up to at any time during the day. It was crazy because Hubby G was out of town for training for the ENTIRE WEEK. Adjusting to the new routine of daycare , working full time, plus getting all the household chores done all by myself was exhausting- it definitely made me appreciate all of the work that Hubby G does!
And luckily daycare initiation didn't hit for C until his second week when Hubby G was back and able to help me out. And by daycare initiation I mean that C got his very first cold. My opinion is that yeah, I hate to see my little guy sick, but kids are going to get sick no matter what at some point- daycare or no daycare. I read somewhere that kids who are in daycare get sick less later in life because they're exposed to more germs earlier, so I'm not beating myself up over C picking up a cold.
C had a runny/stuffy nose, drainage from his eyes, and a nasty cough. I picked him up early one day when his daycare caregiver was concerned that he might have pink eye and so I brought him into the doctor. Luckily the doctor checked him out and found that he did not have pink eye, his ears looked good, his nose looked good, and his lungs even sounded good despite a cough. It was just a cold, but even so, we decided to hold him out of daycare the next day to let him snuggle his mamma and rest.
C's still got a runny nose and the cough is on it's way out, but we can tell that he's feeling WAY better and more back to his usual self playing with toys and babbling like crazy. We've survived his first cold!