Re: December Infants and Toddlers
posted at 12/6/2012 11:56 AM EST
Thanks, Med and IPW. It's good to hear this is so universal (though not so good to think of how much longer I'm going to be dealing with it)! I clearly need to adjust my expectations. New goal: I want DS to be a less picky eater than I was. If you had known me as a kid, you would know this is a pathetically modest goal :-).
Summer, I hope you all feel better soon! This time of year is awful. I feel like everyone I know is sick. I'm in my usual frequent sneezing "is it a cold or allergies?" state that tends to last until, oh, about April. DH and DS are both fine during the day but have lingering nighttime coughs. Ugh.
IPW, good luck with figuring out your situation. It's great that DS is thriving so much at daycare, but it's awkward to deal with his possibly growing out of "Nana care." I think it's good to at least start the conversation with your DH at this point so you can address it as a team if it gets to the point where it isn't working for you. Has DS started displaying any behavioral problems when he's with her? If she mentions having trouble with him, you might be able to say "They do x at daycare and he seems to respond well" -- sort of offering suggestions under the guise of resolving a problem she's facing with him?
I am curious what others' experiences have been with kids who alternate between daycare and grandparents as the kids get older. Right now we seem to be at a golden point. DS spends one day a week with my dad, and he ADORES his grandfather (to the point that I think my mom and some others are a little jealous :-)), and our daycare lady reports that he's really starting to "get it" when he's there -- playing with the kids, scooting around the room, etc. So far, at almost 10 mos, he's a very high-energy kid, though, and I worry that as he gets older my quiet, gentle dad might have a harder time managing him and keeping him entertained. We'll see, I guess!
Speaking of daycare, I seem to remember a thread last year (when I was pregnant and lurking on these boards!) about good holiday gifts for daycare providers. What are you all giving/have you given? I'm just struggling with an appropriate amount to spend right now...