Alright, Mama Kat, move over...there's a new daycare provider in town... Ok yeah right. I am no where near as skilled a provider as she is nor do we live in the same area code, let alone town.
But my first day went well. I fed Moose before we left so there was one less kid to feed. I filled out paperwork & tried to keep the 3-year-old, Miss J, from bossing or carrying the little ones. As kids filed in until about 8:30 or so, I just played and talked to Mrs. H, the owner.
Moose did much better than anticipated. I thought he'd be insanely jealous, but he played well with others (mostly) and didn't cry much. Only once did he get jealous & that was in the morning when there weren't so many kids around.
Here are the players:
Mrs. H - owner, mother to Mr. M and Miss T
Miss J - sassy 3-year-old who likes to be an adult but also wanted her mom
Mr. B, Mr. T, and Miss A - sibs from a family of 10 kids. Mr. B is 4 and can barely talk, needless to say neither can T or A. Cute kids, not very disciplined.
Mr. R - cute kid, only crawls, just under 1. Patient when he waits for food!
Miss B - very petite gal but can be a bully. Almost 1.
Mr. M - Mrs. H's son. 5-6 months. Kids love him. Content baby.
Mr. C - cried all day. Just over a year. Yeah...just cried. Parents still only feed him baby food and so he just only had a bottle while I was there.
Miss L - very polite lil girl. Almost 2. Likes to climb on things (table, couches)
Moose - very content to play around others, doesn't like to share but does well when distracted.
I like the daycare itself. Just a small house used only for the daycare. The only thing I really disliked about this morning was that the tv was on the entire time I was there except for the last 1/2 hour. Mrs. H said it was for background noise but kids don't need that. It just was kind of annoying because the kids & toys make so much noise, that just got to be too much. *shrug*
**I didn't notice this until my mom asked me about it, but there was also not one book in the whole place. I guess I need to make a trip to the library or bring a few from home to read**
There is only one kid that's potty trained -or even trying to do so (and 3-4 over 2 1/2 years), Miss J. She's so stinking cute, too! Just overbearing sometimes. She loves to hold the baby, Mr. M. I just didn't like her to be the one to pull Moose away from the tv - that's my job as his mother and mine and Mrs. H's job as the daycare women.
I think that maybe my only problem would have been that I can kind of be overbearing. I'm not afraid to tell kids not to climb on toys, especially after Mr. C climbed on a toy for toy cars & fell off, hurting his head. When he did it again, I said no. I'm not afraid to tell kids no when they tackle another one - Moose or not! Miss A liked to do that and even Miss B, who is a petite little gal, tried to take on Moose!! Funny. I guess saying no is part of the job, too, I've just never had to tell other kids that.
I had to change 3 poopie diapers & one wet one (2 were Moose's). Not too bad! Especially if they all mostly poop in the morning, Tuesdays & Thursdays will be my favorite days! ha! And, no worries Tiffany, I did wash my hands...numerously.
Anyway, I don't think it went too terribly. I'll keep you updated.