Thursday, August 28, 2008

NO Exceptions...

So Noah has been at daycare for almost 2 full weeks. I say almost because the preschool was closed last Thursday and Friday for teacher inservice. Noah got to enjoy Thursday at home with his Daddy and spent Friday with his Aunt Ya-ya and cousin Ava.
Overall I like his daycare. They aren't perfect but if he can't stay home with me then I know this is the best place for him to be. I do have some issues with the main teacher in his class though.

Here's the story:
Each day Noah is sent home with a little form telling about his day. It details when he ate, slept and was changed. It's great. When I went to pick him up last Monday (8/18) across the top of the form his teacher had written a note and highlighted it with pink highlighter. It said:

Family & Me pictures due Wednesday AM
or NO poster for crib
NO excpetions!

And yes, the NOs were in all caps.

You see at Noah's school each baby has a poster in their crib with pictures of their families. They are really cute and it makes me happy to think that Noah could look at our faces during the day. When I dropped Noah's supplies off at the school the week before he started the director had mentioned bringing in the pictures. Honestly though with starting a new job and still getting settled in the house it wasn't really a priority. No one had mentioned anything since then.
So I read the note and as I'm driving home I start trying to think of how we are going to get family pictures together by Wednesday AM. I had left my camera at my sister's house the previous weekend. I was trying to run through my mind of what pictures were saved on the computers.
Then I started to get upset. Because I was SO stressed out about this silly poster. Part of me wanted to say:
"NO exceptions"?? Seriously. Noah has been at school a week. We'll be in that class for the next 11 months or so. Why do the pictures have to be in this week?
"NO exceptions?" Fine then! I'll make my own freaking poster.
"NO exceptions?" Wait a second. Don't I pay for Noah to go to this school??

Things were busy so I waited until Tuesday to try to get the pictures together. I saved a bunch of photos to my pen drive and tried to go print them out at CVS. The CVS near us is a 24 hour CVS. We arrived at 10:05pm....and the photo lab closed at 10pm!! ARGGHH!! So instead we bought some photo paper and came home to print out some pictures. We printed 3 and then ran out of ink.
So here we are at 11pm opening box after box in the guest room trying to find the photo albums and then leafing through the photo albums to find good pictures of all the grandparents, aunt and uncles and of course the parents.
I kept getting so mad at the daycare center because it is ridiculous that we were so stressed out about this silly poster. But of course I can't let my baby be the only baby in the class without pictures of his family.
In the end Josh and I had to laugh because we knew that someday we'd be more stressed about a school project than Noah was....we just didn't know it would happen at 11 weeks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2 months...

Weight: 12 lbs 4 oz (50th percentile)
Length: 24 inches (90th percentile)

We laughed and laughed when the nurse said that the little Monkey was in the 90th percentile for length. I'm 5'4" and JW is 5'8".

Being a working mom....

It's official. I'm a working mom now. I started work at my new job last Friday. School doesn't officially start until August 25th but we have orientation meetings for new staff this week and inservice all next week as well. I've worked the same job for the past 6 years so this is a big change for me.

My mom has been keeping our boy for the first few days. This was great because I was able to test out how much food to leave him. I'm breastfeeding and have been pumping and storing milk. The problem with switching to bottle feeding though is that I'm not sure how much he takes at each feeding. So my mom kept track of how much milk she thawed out and put in the bottles so I can confidently leave bottles for him at daycare.

I'll officially drop him off at daycare tomorrow morning. I'm nervous about trying to get out the door with all we need, dropping him off and getting to work on time. And OBVIOUSLY I'm nervous about leaving him at the school.

I really like the school we found. The infant room is very peaceful and calming. All of the babies seemed so happy there and things are clean and organized. But right now the teachers there are strangers to me.

I knew this day would come since before we even were able to get doesn't make it any easier though. I think I'll be skipping the mascara tomorrow morning.

Wish me luck.