Today is Lila's second day at daycare and she seems to be doing very well! It's a large in-home daycare that is certified as a daycare and is also a pre-school. They could have as many as 18 kids at one time (but hardly ever do) and there are 6 staff members including the director (it's her home).
So far, it's really great. The girls that take care of the babies are so sweet and they couldn't get over Lila's happy disposition! Apparently she just smiles all day at them and laughs and smiles at the other babies. I'm sure she fusses too but they didn't tell me about that! She's eating well (three 4 oz bottles of pumped milk yesterday) and napping. Naps are short (30 minutes to an hour) and yesterday she napped 4 different times. I think her naps will get longer and less frequent when she adjusts to not being swaddled at naptime. They are willing to swaddle her, but we are trying to wean her off of it! I'll let them deal with the short naps. :)
The other thing I love about this daycare is that they text me during the day!! It's wonderful. They let me know how she is doing, if she's eating well, her mood and they send me the occasional photo as well!
The daycare texted these to me this morning:
The second one is blurry because she was bouncing so much!! She loves to jump! I'm so happy she's having fun and transitioning well.
I'm adjusting to the life of a working mom. It's hard but is definitely the right choice for me. I say that like it was a choice... this was always the plan! We need two salaries and health insurance, thank you!
Pumping is going well, I'm feeling productive and happy at work and feeling more and more like my old self but still like Lila's mommy. I love my time with Lila in the mornings and we have plenty of time at night. I am exhausted by the end of the day though!! How do people do this with more than one child?!! How do single moms do it? I can't imagine. Other than feeding her a few times, I did not sit down until 9:30pm which is right when Neil got home from MBA class! Luckily these Tues/Thurs night classes are over in 4 more weeks!
My evening went like this:
5:30 - Home with Lila and my 5 bags of stuff (cooler with empty bottles, laptop, diaper bag, work tote bag, cooler of milk pumped from the day)
5:30-6 - Feed Lila (I love nursing her after being away from her all day!), change diaper, "talk" about our day!
6-6:30 - Quick trip to Target, Lila loves shopping!
6:30-8 - Try to hold, entertain, talk to and play with Lila while I attempt to do the following:
- Wash bottles
- Prep bottles for the next day
- Make and eat my own dinner (frozen cheesy rice/broccoli mixed with leftover chicken - hey it worked)
- Prep tomorrow's lunch
- Thaw chicken for next night's dinner
- Clean out fridge
- Gather up trash for Neil to take out when he gets home
- Wash/dry/fold clothes, make sure I have something to wear for next day
- and a bunch of other mundane things I forget now!
8 - Feeding
8:15-9 - Play, cuddle, love on Lila, gear her down for bed, diaper change, PJ's
9 - Bedtime for Lila (we are working on getting it earlier..)
9:20 - She's actually asleep for good. (I had to go in and soothe her back to sleep a few times)
9:30 - Sit down. Neil walks in the door!
It could be much worse. I'm happy the day went so well, actually. This morning went much more smoothly and I got to work at a decent time. I'm still getting used to this working mom thing, but I'm confident I can do it!!
Any other working moms out there? Any tips for me? How do you fit it all in?