Big development this month: Louisa started full-time daycare! It’s a momentous thing, and a complete change to her life and our routine. I am so thankful and feel totally blessed to have had the chance to stay home with my babies for 18 months, which is longer than most parents get in my position. Still, the adjustment was rough, rougher than I thought it would be. We used a transition period of one week to get her used to the idea of full day daycare. On the first day, I stayed with her at the daycare for 45min, then left her there for 2 hours. Nico was also allowed to stay in the toddler room with her so she had a sense of familiarity. On the second day, I stayed for 20 min and left her at daycare for 4 hours. By the third day, she realized that this was becoming a pattern and not just a one-off event, and she had a meltdown when I tried to leave. She would clutch my shirt and neck and NOT let go, crying and wailing all the way. Finally I had to just hand her over to the care provider, tell her I’d be back soon, and walk away. Oof, was that ever hard. But she settled and had an okay day after I left. When I picked her up that day she burst into tears when she saw me, like the betrayal was brought back to her mind once I was in sight.
It took her almost three weeks to adjust to the morning drop off. But gradually things settled. She now walks up to the door of the school all by herself (instead of being carried), she smiles and coos upon arrival and she has a favourite toy (a dinosaur, go figure) that she always asks for. I switched gears a bit too: I now give her a REALLY long hug and a big kiss, and I let her decide when to let go. She still cries a little, but at least she doesn’t act out like we’re being ripped apart for ever. Finally, one day of the third week, she squirmed down out of my arms and walked by herself into the playroom. She then looked up at me, smiled her big beautiful smile, and waved bye bye.
I was so utterly happy. Seriously, I feel so ready to return to work and knowing that she is so well looked after during the day makes it feel like what I’m doing is right.
Anyhoo.. on to Louisa’s monthly update:
Movement: Louisa goes up and down the stairs like a person. She holds on to the railing and steps up or down. It’s a bit terrifying for me, but she’s super confident and there haven’t been any spills so far (knock on all the wood). She loves to be chased by her big brother, and loves to run! She’s tried a bit of walking backwards, too. Also, she goes into downward dog a lot these days. She does it often in bed, as part of her settling down routine. It’s really cute.
Communication: Louisa says “Enzo”, which sounds more like “enno”. She says “non” and she can finally point to five or six body parts. She’s developed a funny little character (sparked by daycare, I’m sure) and she’s been even more expressive than before. She pouts or whimpers to show her dissatisfaction, she giggles and laughs at her own “jokes” and she stomps and clomps and wiggles her body to show all kinds of different moods and emotions.
Growth: Louisa is 32” tall, and at our doctor’s appointment last week the scale showed that she hadn’t gained any weight. She’s a long bean pole, that one. I’m not too concerned about the stall in weight – it could be any number of things. She still eats great, and is happy, so we’re just monitoring for now.
Teeth: Same as before, just one canine left to go. Then of course her back molars will be due, but let’s not think about those just yet!
Food: As I said, she’s still eating well. There was a period where her appetite dipped, but looking back now, it was a week before she was hit with a stomach bug, so that probably accounts for it.
Sleep: Finally, things are starting to regulate. Again, thanks daycare for tiring her out a bit more than I ever did! She wakes once, maybe twice a night, and it’s made a huge difference already. Everyone feels more calm and rested, and she’s sleeping more and more in her own bed. Way to go Louisa!
Favourites: summer is just such a fun and easy time, and we’re trying to make the most of it. As you can see, we head out to the parks a lot, continue to go on walks, and spend lots of time outdoors while it’s hot!