Day Care Dilemma

My husband and I recently made the decision to put our Mini Monster (aka our 20-month-old son) into nursery school. With responsibilities in both our jobs growing, the timing seemed right. My partner works a traditional 9-5 type job and, as most of you probably know, my schedule is a bit more… unconventional.

If you know what I mean

If you know what I mean

I have my part-time day job where I work with children facing developmental, behavioral, and/or cognitive delays. And I have my work-from-home job of writing both for my blog and other publications. Then there’s my 24/7 job: being a mom. Even though I love my somewhat hectic life, sometimes it can take its toll.

We all have our moments

We all have our moments

Obviously the deciding factor in enrolling our child into nursery school wasn’t so that mommy could have the opportunity to pee alone. But it was definitely a nice perk. Honestly the main reason we wanted our son to go was for him to be more social. We don’t have too many friends with children his age, so this was a nice way to ease him out of his social freak outs.

*Reenactment

*Reenactment of our son around other children before enrolling in nursery school

Yet the one thing I was consistently warned about still caught me by surprise: sniffles. I don’t care how healthy your kid is, how much sleep they get, or what spirits you pray to, it seems inevitable that your child will eventually catch a bug from someone at daycare/school. Like clockwork, my son got the tell-tale runny nose his first week in and it has yet to fully clear up despite my best efforts. I still try to prevent spreading germs as much as possible, though.

Dean knows what's up

Dean knows what’s up

Since I’m still so new to this whole nursery school scene, what do you guys think? Are the “sniffles” something that just go away on their own? Or do you pull them out at a certain point to let their immune system recover? Let me know what you think, because I’m pretty sure we’re depleting the forests with our recent uptick in Kleenex usage!

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2 thoughts on “Day Care Dilemma

  1. Pretty sure my two started sniffling approximately five minutes after arriving at their nursery school orientation! We are one week in now, and found out yesterday that R has a throat infection, and last night, of course, M was up every few hours with a fever. Now I am wondering why I thought this was a good idea!

    (I did meet one lady at the doctor’s office yesterday who taught nursery for 20 years, and she said that the upside is that at least they’ll be much tougher next year when they start JK. I really hope that is true.)

    • Oh no! Hopefully your twins are just getting an even stronger immune system so they’ll be ready for the next round of germs 😉

      It’s so hard to see the worth and reward when you’re in the thick of it dealing with fevers and infections. But according to pretty much everyone I’ve talked to, it really will pay off in the end for our kiddos.

      Hang in there, momma ❤

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