Since "graduating" to young toddler, Dylan has attended a grand total of 10 days. Four days the first week (due to presidents day), 2 days the second week (due to strep), and so far 2 days this week including today (due to vomiting). But, last I saw she was developing a rash on her legs this AM, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if we ended up missing more school this week.
Other changes to her routine include [au pair], my parents visiting last week, and changes to my schedule, though I have been able to see a lot of her lately due to her being sick all the time!
So I am wondering.... every time we drop her off at daycare she starts to cry as soon as she realizes that we're going to her new classroom. The crying continues as we drop her off. And often when I pick her up in the afternoon, she is crying then as well.
I guess you could say the transition is not going smoothly.
The daycare offered the not terribly helpful (unsolicited) suggestion of having the same person drop her off / pick her up always. Which.... starting next week that's what we'll be doing. In the meantime they wanted me to wait in the car while [au pair] came into the center with Dyls. They said we were "confusing" her, and that is why she was having so much trouble with the transition.
I thought this was a little ridiculous.My interpretation is that she's had a lot of changes foisted on her recently, and has found this stressful. But we just need to give things a chance to work out and start to go more smoothly. She should get used to her new routine when she finally actually gets to do it. You know, when she's not sick every other day.
Still in the meantime, it's really upsetting for me to watch, and part of me worries that this new classroom is just a really poor fit. That she's too young. That she feels overwhelmed by all the older children. Thankfully the nap problem seems to have resolved, but why are we having so many other problems now??? Why can't things just get better?
On the drive home this am, [au pair] suggested reducing her to 3 days per week from 5 at the daycare. She said that she would take care of her at home those days. And I gotta tell you, it's really tempting. The only problem is that Luca would have to alter his work schedule slightly on those days. He has suggested that he would be willing to do this in the past, but now that I'm actually asking him to, I get resistance. This is incredibly frustrating to me.
Anyway, do you have any thoughts about this? I do want to give the daycare a bit more of a chance for Dyls to get used to it, but I also don't want to continue sending her to a place that is (at least seems to be) not working for her.