We've been extremely blessed in the department of childcare. My mom graciously offered to watch lil A full time when he was born and I was headed back to work. That alone made the transition so much easier for me. As a bonus, lil A got to spend quality time with his grandma. Well as great as a setup as it has been, we knew in the back of our minds one of two things would happen:
1) My mom would get burnt out watching an infant every day all day... or
2) Lil A would come to the age we were comfortable with to put him in a daycare so he could start interacting with other kids.
Well #2 came first. :) Lil A will be 6 months in a couple weeks...and since he's now sitting up and about to begin crawling we feel comfortable enough to have him in a "at-home" daycare part-time for now. My mom will have him the other 1/2 of the week. We're still working out the details on what days... but come November he'll be transitioning. The daycare is run by my mom's very good friend out of her home. She's very clean and organized (high points from me!!) and most of all we personally trust her.
Matt and I both feel our son is ready for this next step. We're always so proud when we pick him up from nursery at church on Sundays and hear the glowing remarks from the workers. "He's so laid back"..."What a sweet boy"..."Nothing bothers him"... "He's so happy all the time". Yeah, all these traits are from my side of the family. (Just kiddin'!) But seriously...we want lil A to start to make some new friends his own age. Unfortunately this decision is going to come with some drawbacks:
1) Will he be getting sick more often?
2) What if they don't accept his cloth diapers?
3) What if he doesn't acclimate well? or gets picked on?
I know that first day I'll be a hot mess... but this is part of him growing up right? I need to accept the fact that he's becoming a big boy now. Gosh, next will be first day of school and you better believe I'll be a blubbering fool.
So any sage words of advice for this momma?