She Says… WINNER and looking for a new daycare

First things first — we have a winner from the Boogie Wipes giveaway! According to random number generator, the winner is #8, Casey. Thanks to everyone who entered! Casey, I’ll email you to get your mailing address.

In other news, I drove out to our new house again yesterday to scope out and visit a new daycare. As soon as we put in the offer on the house I began Googling daycares in the area, because I signed up for daycare while 18 weeks pregnant and my unborn baby STILL did not get the start date he wanted. So I don’t know how people just up and move and find spots in daycares. My mind went into overdrive — maybe they don’t! Maybe we’ll need to get a nanny (which will make working from home really hard, and will probably be more expensive), or I’ll have to take a leave of absence from my job, or we’ll have to continue driving an hour in traffic to our old daycare every morning…

Alas, I really didn’t need to worry so much. Apparently there are more spots to be had out in the ‘burbs, and though several of the daycares I called were full (in the infant rooms, at least), several had spots available. So I picked the one I liked best based on their website and a personal recommendation or two, and set up a tour.

The biggest bonus of this place? It’s walking distance from the new house. That’s right, we may be moving to the ‘burbs and still be walking distance from the town center, the library, the post office, the commuter rail stop, the elementary school AND daycare. That’s truly awesome. In my wildest dreams, I didn’t think that was going to be possible.

The first thing that struck me when I walked in was that it was NOT Kindercare. I adore our current daycare, which is a Kindercare center. I love the wide hallways and glass windows on all the rooms. I love the lined up cubbies and the cribs that line the walls and the tiny tables and chairs in the bigger kids’ rooms. Aesthetics are incredibly important to me, and when I walk into Kindercare every morning, I love how neat and tidy and clean it is. This new daycare had a very different vibe. It is set up in a old mansion, so the rooms are smaller and a little darker and everything seemed a little mismatched and unorganized. That said, they had all the accoutrements necessary for happy, healthy childcare, the kids looked truly happy and the teachers all seemed extremely warm and inviting. I’ve got to say, though, I was put off by the things that were different from our Kindercare.

I was expecting to put money down on the spot; to love the new place as much as I had loved Kindercare when we first went there. I felt sort of ambivalent about it, though, so I kept my checkbook in my purse and took the information home with me to think about it.

As I was leaving I saw a mom putting her baby in a carseat and I asked her what she thought of the place. She said, hands down, it was the best. possible. place. she could have sent her kids. She has a 3 year old and a 6 month old, and she said the teachers are outstanding and the place as a whole is a really great community.

Perhaps I should get over my comparisons to Kindercare and sign the papers. It sounds fantastic. The kids learn Spanish and American Sign Language every day, are exposed to things like Mandarin and yoga and Zumba a few times a month, and they have visiting groups like puppeteers and scientists. Sounds awesome, right?

On the way home as tears pricked my eyes as I thought about switching daycares, I realized that I think I’m going to find something wrong with every daycare other than my current daycare. I just love them. And it IS going to be hard to switch Owen to somewhere new, but they will get to know him and love him the same way that our current daycare has.

It’s just a matter of time.

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8 responses to “She Says… WINNER and looking for a new daycare

  1. Wait, can I go to this daycare? Zumba and yoga and language lessons?

    If I ever sent my baby to daycare, I’d want her to learn a 2nd language while she’s there. I like the idea of her yelling at me in Spanish when she’s a moody teenager/tween.

    I’m jealous of how walkable your new neighborhood sounds!

  2. Owen will rock zumba day. I just know it.

  3. Our daycare center is in a converted house tucked back in a neighborhood. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of the nice corporate chains. But, DS’s teachers are super sweet and clearly love the kids. The center is clean and uses organic foods on the menu as much as they can. He comes home clean and fed and happy. I can tell that he is learning new things just from watching the other babies.
    We may switch when he gets older and he is ready for pre-school. But for right now, we really like our center. Go with your gut. I think the aesthetics will matter more to you than Owen.

  4. I’m with Kara – I want to go there too! It really does sound amazing. I know it’ll be hard to leave the current daycare which you guys love so much, BUT the new house is going to be amazing and it’ll be great for Owen to learn how to adapt and grow into new environments, both at home and at daycare. You can do it, mama. Excited for all your big changes ahead!

  5. the new possible place does sound amazing!!! but i know change is tough and decisions are even tougher when your son is involved. good luck!

  6. "Suggestions-RUS"

    we are talking about a 7 month old, correct? wow….

  7. It’s hard to switch from something you feel is perfect but it sounds like this place is pretty awesome. To me, it sounds perfect. Like the perfect meld of a loving family atmosphere and the best of what kids can be exposed to and taught. It’s easier for us to say these things when we don’t have any other attachments though.

    I’ve started reading your blog from the beginning (in bits and pieces) and I’m so fascinated. I’m due August 1 with my first and following about you and your pregnancy and Owen is like a glimpse into what my future could hold 😀 I didn’t realize at first that you were around Boston but it’s even nicer to be able to find out about some of the resources you were able to take advantage of around here. Thank you for sharing your journey and good luck with working out your heart about this daycare.

  8. I’m in the SAME boat. We’re moving soon too and I know I’ll be pickier with this daycare. But I know eventually I might even find things about our NEW daycare that I like better. PLUS, don’t just focus on what the INFANT rooms are like. Owen won’t be in that department for much longer. For all you know, this new place is BETTER for the nursery II kids than Kindercare is! (just trying to sounds positive for ya, hee hee)

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