After our little one was born – almost entire year went past with initially in-laws visiting us and then us visiting India to do meet and greet with all family members. Once we returned back, then TP’s sister and her husband visited us. This time was full of excitement and happy days.
After this time, it was time to get back to reality. TP was to return to work and our little bub was to start going to child care center.
This was new phase of life for all of us with lot of heart break moments and guilty feelings.
Everyone told us to be prepared for a turbulent time of around 3 months from the moment little one starts going to child care center. This is so true.
In early stages, little one went through so much separation anxiety and crying…it was stressful for all of us to go through this stage. Fortunately, the staff at child care center are well trained to calm these kids and make them feel comfortable. This helped comfort and build connection with child educators at this center.
As little one was gradually settling down, then came the round of sickness. With so many kids playing around and getting infected with various infections, little one went through large cycles of sickness until level of immunity was built up.
All of this took a bit of toll on little one’s health, combined with growth and learning. This added stress and worry on us whether he was eating well, doing well with other kids and educators and whether he is being looked after and cared well at the center.
Fortunately the educators were very cooperative and helpful through out this process of transition and happy to answer your calls and requests several times a day without getting upset at you.
It was indeed good 3-4 months where we went through a roller coaster of our life with sickness, stress, anxiety, feeling guilty and trying to manage work life balance. Oh not to mention the sleep less nights which added more stress. What keeps you going is your patience and perseverance… or
as the famous quote or the song has it
“What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”