3 thoughts on “Work-It”

  1. Congrats on the milestone, and awesome that you have such a flexible employer! I went back 4 days a week when Robert was 10.5 months and it was not as difficult as I thought it would be. He adjusted well to daycare and although I really love the time I spen with him I also really enjoy my work and having some baby-free time. I work from home – back to 5 days a week now – and he is in daycare full time.

  2. Good for you for doing what you feel works best for you guys. Personally, my experience with daycare has been nothing but fantastic. Daycare has given all of us more than we could get on our own. The obvious benefits for Adele are exposure to socialization, language development, education… she gets experiences there that I couldn’t give her. As for missing milestones, don’t sweat it. Nothing happens suddenly. Sure, there will be “the first” steps, but then, there will be the first steps he does for you. For example, I was out for a run when Adele took her first couple of steps. She was home with Michael. But, I got home and she did it again for me and I was just as thrilled. Had it happened at daycare, I would have been just as excited for her. First words are way too gradual for you to miss anything substantial. Words evolve slowly from word-like noises to actual words (and then actual words come like a flood gate was opened), and you’ll get to see lots of it all. As for someone else loving your kid, well, I thought I would have issues with this too, but it’s been exactly the opposite. I can’t tell you how much joy it gives me that Adele has someone else that loves her and can comfort her and support her. People say that it takes a village to raise a kid, and I think in our society, where we are lacking cohesive communities and ginormous extended families that help in child rearing, daycare sort of fills a bit of a hole there. The fact that someone else loves Adele – and that she loves someone else – just gives me more comfort in knowing that she feels secure and happy, whether I’m by her side 24/7 or not (and I am much, much more sane when the answer is not… not because I don’t love being with her, but because I love doing what I love to do without her too).

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