Daycare Update – It’s Hard Letting Go

Well, after being afraid of taking Ace to daycare (see previous two posts about this here and here), I have finally loosened up a little bit. He went to daycare three days this week. The first day was a bit rough because he went to the doctor in the morning and got his shots, so he was not the happiest baby in town.

The last two days this week at daycare were better. It seems as though he is doing OK sleeping on his back. He doesn’t sleep nearly as much as if he was at home, but he is probably busy playing! They have tons of toys and things for him to get into and explore.

The girls that watch Ace at the daycare are really nice. They are always very helpful when I go to pick Ace up after work. Every day I always ask them if Ace was good. Every day they say yes. However, comparing Ace to some of the crybabies that are in there… if Ace threw the most horrible fit I have ever seen, they would probably think it was mild.

So, it is really hard to tell how he is doing. He doesn’t eat or sleep much there. The daycare said this is normal for the first few weeks until he gets adjusted to the environment and the new schedule.

I’ve been trying to look for behavioral changes at home and can’t see anything major. I don’t want him to pick up the habit if crying over every little thing like some of the other kids there. He is always so happy and I want him to stay that way! We worked hard at keeping him a happy boy!

I guess only time will tell. I will have to accept the fact that I am not going to be able to control every aspect of his life, especially as he gets a little older. I just hope that I can teach him to know what is right and wrong and to make good decisions for himself. I think that he will model his way of thinking and his behavior around my wife and I’s thinking and behavior. I think this is a good starting point for the long journey ahead. We have given him a good strong base to stand on for the past six months. It’s time to let loose…just a teeny-weeny bit…


  1. Oh, I am sure he is having a good time! I posted Daycare is NOT a Dirty Word about a month ago. You may want to have a look.

    Glad to find your blog…I love to read Daddy blogs! BTW, I found you through a link on a BlogRush widget on another site. Thought you might want to know.


  2. Jared says:

    Hi Erin, thanks for the link! You did your homework about daycares for sure!

    I agree that daycare is a good place for kids. I’m sure it helps them tremendously socially. The only thing that worried me were the people working there. I looked at their “Available Positions” page on their website. The only requirement was that they need a high school diploma. This could be any weirdo off of the street. However, there are plenty of weirdos with college degrees too. I guess a person just can not protect their children from everything all of the time. I don’t want to protect my child so much that he lives a sheltered life, but don’t want to expose him to the bad things either. It’s hard trying to balance the good and the bad…especially when you don’t have much control over it. 😉

    Oh yeah…thanks for letting me know that the BlogRush plugin is working. I think it will be a very good addition to our sites!