2003-05-05

Day care, Day 1

I hate the smell of day care centers. They smell like the sandbox at the day care that my mom took me to. I don’t like day care for the same reasons I don’t like going out. I don’t care to socialize. Hopefully, Hailey will enjoy day care.

Today was Hailey’s first day at day care. We dropped her off, so we could learn the ropes. Other parents will know the drill, but the procedures are new to us. First, you have to initial everything that you bring to day care. We thought we had it covered, her bottles were labeled, her wipes, her outfits. We forgot to initial the diapers, yes each diaper needs Hailey’s initials. I don’t know what the better system is but there must be one. Second, you have to initial that you dropped the kid off that morning. This is to allow proper head count in the event of an emergency. Finally, you have to fill out a form describing the last time she ate and sleep. You have to do this everyday. The fact is, I don’t remember the last time Hailey ate, I was sitting there with my eyes closed hopping she would hurry up and finish the four ounces of milk so I could go back to sleep.

Fortunately, Hailey’s experience at day care was better than my memories. She found new friends at day care and talked, or cooed, with them all day. She seems particularly found of a boy named Alex that is one month older. Seems that they even held hands.

The day care kids must have taught Hailey some new tricks. When she went to day care she couldn’t move around. If you sat her somewhere, she would be in the exact same spot when you returned. Now she can inch her way around. I found this out the hard way when she inched herself off of the coffee table and onto the floor while I was fixing her bottle. She seems to move much better when she is hungry. Maybe she was foraging for food? One trip to the after hours clinic later and I am happy to report that the fall did not do any damage. She is a tough little kid.

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