My sweet baby has been in daycare for about three months now and I still call every day to check on her. It started with me wanting to be sure she was eating because, in the beginning, she wasn’t getting the number of ounces she typically took in. She began eating okay after a week or two, but I still feel the need to call every day to see how she is doing.
She seems to really like being there and the teachers and staff seem to genuinely care for her and the other children. I suppose all the tours of other daycare centers we went on before deciding paid off. We also took about an hour one day and sat in the infant room that would be her classroom just to observe the teachers working with the children and asking any questions I may have had. But for some reason I still need to hear them tell me she is eating and isn’t crying all day. I also kind of use the call to listen in on the room to see if I hear her fussing. A little much? Probably, but I can’t stop myself. I drop her off around 8AM and try to keep myself from calling…the longest I have made it is 11AM. I guess that is an improvement from 10:30.
Her teacher is really nice about my calls, as is the director. Her teacher is always very reassuring that she is eating and doing well. I want to get to a point where I don’t feel the need to call each day, but I just don’t see it in the near future. She isn’t losing weight, she seems happy when I drop her off and pick her up, they send pictures of what she is doing each day – sometimes videos – and give me a summary of her day after I pick her up. I have no real reason to call each day, but I just have to. A feeling in me just won’t let me go a day without making that call.
I chalk it up to the fact that she is so far away from where I go in to work. I wanted to find a daycare about 10 to 20 minutes from my office, but none of those really made a great impression on me. I ended up putting her in a daycare that is actually close to our home, but about 30 to 40 minutes from my office. I suppose when we started looking, I was hoping to spend the first week or two being able to pop in on her to see how she was adjusting, I didn’t get to do that because of the distance and traffic to and from. The calls were the next best thing. Unfortunately, now I fear I am addicted.
Regardless of my reasons, I have promised her teacher I will one day stop calling. I didn’t give a date though…