Yep. You read that correctly. Both my girls bled on their respective first day of childcare all thanks to me. Mother of the Year….whoo hoo!!! Before you call Today Tonight, let me explain.
I’m a big fan of childcare for so many reasons. Regardless of age, it teaches and reinforces life skills such as sharing, taking turns, team work, respect, consensus etc that are essential for when they start school. At a more tactical level it means that kids get access to lots of outdoor experiences (think equipment/obstacle courses/water tables etc) and they can do all the messy play (painting) elsewhere are not at home…#winning!! It’s win/win for people like me with small backyards.
Ironically, I never went to childcare. Both my parents worked so I spent the bulk of my ‘pre-school’ years with my grandparents. They owned a deli at Beverley and some of my most treasured childhood memories are of me as the little ‘shopgirl’ helping my Grandpa stock the fridges, put out the newspapers and selling smokes to all the nearby tradies (don’t judge, it was the 80’s). While this could be considered an unconventional childcare option, I was in heaven and it gave me an early insight into the importance of CRM (customer relationship management).
Anyhoo, one generation later and childcare was the only viable option when it came time for me to return to work after having Giuliana. I can’t speak for regional SA, but getting a spot at your preferred centre can be cut throat. Even now, when anyone I know announces they’re pregnant my first question is ‘have you registered for childcare yet’?? When I knew I was expecting baby #2, the director at my childcare centre knew I was pregnant before my family did. If you are thinking of having a baby soon, consider your childcare options. It’s never too early to do a viewing and join a waiting list….Brooke says!
I took 6 months of maternity leave with G but was offered 1 day per week at my preferred centre when she was 3 months old (I was on 3 waiting lists). I knew if I turned it down, I probably wouldn’t hear from them again so I grabbed it. Anyhoo, back to the blood.
It was her first day and we were ready to leave home. I stupidly thought this was an awesome time to cut her fingernails and in my haste I nicked her thumb. It was the first time I had hurt my perfect angel and I was devastated. She screamed and I’m sucking her thumb to stem the flow. She was soon calm, I changed her and off we went. A short car ride later, I went to get her out of the car seat and she had put her still bleeding finger in her mouth and suffice to say she looked like an extra from True Blood. Epic fail! I was still feeling dreadful about cutting her in the first place and now I had to drop off this kid covered in blood to a trio of women I had only met twice before. Onlooking parents probably thought the baby would be safer at childcare.
Fast forward 3 years and I honestly thought everything would be different. I decided to take the full 12 months off second time around so Sienna was a week shy of 1 when she started. I thought she would be more independent, crawling, have an established routine etc….all good stuff.
I got cocky.
Sienna had only been crawling a month but quickly decided she wants to stand on her own. She was ready to go and I put her on the floor to do something else. Seconds later she face plants on the floor and has blood dripping from her mouth. Seriously?? At least the physical evidence wasn’t so obvious this time around. If we have another baby, Marc can organise to be at home for the first day drop off (and save me from myself). I do the best I can at this mum caper, but sometimes – shit happens!
There are no tasty tidbits I can leave with you this week other than investigate your childcare options early. If you and your partner are both planning on working in some capacity and don’t have family support, look into childcare/family daycare options. Do consider the best location for your circumstances. People often assume that their chosen centre needs to be close to home, but a centre close to work might be a good option. For the latter, you get to spend more time with them on the daily commute (both ways) and are close by if you get the call to come and collect them in case of illness/accident.
Do you have your own ‘epic fail’ moment from childcare, kindy or school?? If you are happy to share, head over to the FB page and let us know. Catch you soon.
Ps. I have a mountain of funny stories of my childhood spent in my Grandparent’s deli, but the ‘champagne comedy’ is all about ‘smoko’. My Grandparents deli was smack bang in the middle of an industrial area. There were countless businesses nearby who would buy all their food, drinks, smokes from our deli on a daily basis. The workers would come in and they would tell my Grandma ‘I’ll have a pint of iced coffee and a berliner for smoko’ or ‘I’ll have 2 sausage rolls and a coke for smoko’. Now, I must have been about 4 at the time, but watching this day after day got me thinking. I eventually asked my Grandma ‘why can’t Smoko come down and buy his own morning tea!??’. How was I supposed to know that smoko wasn’t some dude up the street and not their daily crib??!! To be honest, I had never heard of the word ‘crib’ before I moved to Port Pirie either….but that’s a story for another day 😉