Thursday, September 2, 2010

Her First Day

Yesterday was a BIG day...Liliana started daycare.  I had been trying to mentally prepare myself for this day and I KNEW she would be more than fine, but it's tough for a first time Mommy to say goodbye to her precious baby girl for 8 straight hours.  As I've mentioned before, I don't feel guilty that Liliana has to go to daycare.  I have to study for this teacher certification exam, and even more, I think there are a trillion positive things about her being in daycare: she won't get used to being held constantly, she'll see other babies and try to mimic those that are more advanced and older than she is, and eventually, she'll make lots of friends!

Here's how our morning went:

Cristina: "Good morning my beautiful Liliana!  Guess what?  Mommy is taking you to daycare today!"

Liliana: "What??  What's daycare?  I'm not going to even look at you if you're just abandoning me woman!"

Cristina: "No I'm not abandoning you!  I'm taking you somewhere where you'll meet LOTS and LOTS of new friends and they're all around the same age as you."

Liliana: "Yeah??  Well, that doesn't sound so bad AT ALL!  Maybe I'll even see some cute booooys.  Boys...sigh...the thought of boys just makes me smile."

Cristina:  "That's right!  And look at this ADORABLE outfit your Mommy is putting you in for your first big day of daycare!"

 Liliana: "WAIT Mommy, don't change me yet!  Look what I can do with my legs!  I'm OBSESSED with holding my legs like this lately."

Cristina: "Wow baby girl, that's impressive, even though your face is a when you do that."

Liliana:  "Oh yeah?  Well how about now?"

Cristina: "Just as startled my cutie pie.  Off to daycare my precious one!  Let's go take our TWO minute drive.  We're HERE!"

 Liliana:  "But Mommy, what if I don't make friends?  I'm a little scared and shy!  I'd rather just sit in my car seat all day looking super kissable and cuddly."

Cristina:  "You'll be fine my baby girl!!  You'll be more than fine. I can't wait to come get you in the afternoon."

fast forward to 5 o'clock...
Cristina: "How did my baby girl do?"
Jeannie (one of the caretakers in her nursery room):  "Your daugher is SO precious!  She only cried when she was hungry or needed to be changed.  She was PERFECT!  Here's her report card for the day!"

fast forward to this morning...

Cristina:  "Good morning Liliana!  They said you were "happy" yesterday...are you happy to go to daycare today?"

Liliana:  "How about you put me in another cute dress and let's go see my friends again!!"

Yep, this daycare thing is going to work out just fine...I miss my baby girl immensely during the day, but I've been able to do more studying just this morning than I did for the first two days of the week when she was with me.  And, I know this is all in my imagination, but she came home SO she learned from the other kiddos in her nursery room (where the ages range from 2 months to 8 months).  I'm so happy with her Daycare and I know she's well cared for.  Evan texts me all day seeing how the morning went and asking how things are at the daycare.  He's working really long hours this month, so he's missing her like crazy.  Still though, we're happy we found a place that keeps us at peace during the day...but of course, my favorite part of the afternoon is when I get to go pick her up and see that smiley face! : )


  1. How adorable! I love how you portrayed your baby girl's first day. That dress is too cute, by the way. Don't feel guilty about daycare. All moms have to balance life in the way that will work best for their families, and all our children will grow up knowing they were loved immensely.

    Found you on BlogFrog. Have a hoppy day!

  2. Aww! Hugs to you're big day Mama! :-)
    I've been a working mom with a newborn in daycare, a daycare provider myself for 5 years, and now I'm a WAHM and just sent my baby off to Kindergarten!
    So I feel you in every way. It sounds like you made a wise choice in daycares and the talking is something I saw with my own son when he started daycare as well. And later when I was doing daycare myself I had a child who was hardly speaking start and within a week we couldn't get him to stop talking! The interaction with other kids is SOOO important.

  3. So glad that it went well. I am more than a little paranoid about day care. I don't have to worry about it until next school year, but its still something I don't want to think about!

  4. Lucky Mama - you get to buy little girl dresses! And such cute ones for such an adorable little girl!

    When my first son was born I was in graduate school. Luckily, I taught 2 mornings one week and 3 the alternate - so I was home every other day and he was with a babysitter only until noon. It's a hard time - and it's great to make it as positive as possible! Then with my 4th and 5th, I taught two days a week at a university while they went to Mother's Day Out - and they had a blast! A great attitude helps all adjustments - and you seem to have that positive attitude! Best of luck on your exams!

  5. Oh my goodness- her faces are SO hilarious! Lol. Love the captions!

    So glad daycare is going well- what a relief and blessing that must be for you!! YAY!

    By the way- I'm your newest follower:)


  6. Ok, the report card is TOO awesome! Man... I wish our kiddos were going to get a chance to have this awesome daycare experience, but alas they'll be stuck with someone in the community, lol. And, of course Liliana did so well.. she is related to you after all! =) Love yall!

  7. Haha, what a nice story! :) I'm glad everything worked out for you and your daughter. ♥ That 2nd dress you had her on was so adorable - loved the colors! *follows blog* :D

    -Lola (blogfrog [SITS] member)

  8. Congratulations to both you and the adorable and charming Miss Liliana! Wish you best of luck in your studies, and lots of happy times at Preschool Prep for the 'Lil one! Jenn

  9. New blog follower! Saw your post on blogfrog. I'm a 4th year medical student and recently started my own blog - I'd love if you followed!

  10. Cute post!

    Found you through Blog Frog

  11. wow Liliana is so mature for her age...already after the cute boys...I like that, but you know you're going to have to keep the boys from coming after her!

  12. I am a fellow Blog Frog too! Your pictures are great. That is a great way to tell a story. As an avid TV, movie fan, and reader, I really appreicate a good story told in a unique way. Maybe I can borrow your idea sometime. And your daughter is simply adorable.

  13. Awww... so sweet! I'm glad that it went well for you guys. It's hard during those first few days as you adjust but I agree, it can be a good thing for the baby and for mommy!

  14. Hello! Stopping by from Blog Frog! I can only imagine how hard it would be taking your baby to daycare for the first time. Beautiful pictures by the way!

  15. The face is so funy when she has her legs up. Such a cutie! I remember the first time I dropped my son off at daycare - years ago. I cried (when I left) and he was fine.

  16. Aww that is too cute! My 18 month old went to daycare when she was 6 months old. She is now 18 months and LOVES walking on her own into the daycare with her lunch pail in hand (we have to bring their lunches). It is the CUTEST thing ever! I bet your baby girl will do great - lots of activity to keep her mind occupied and learning!

  17. This is absolutely. Adorable. What a cutie you have on your hands.
    I stopped by from BlogFrog, and I love your blog. I read every post on this page and they all made me smile. Especially the Rihanna/JLo one. lol.
    Interestingly enough, I went to college with the plan of going to law school afterwards and becoming a lawyer. I ended up majoring in Music instead.
    I look forward to your posts.

  18. Loved this post! Hilarious pics of her with her legs up! And the wardrobe this child has! Puleeze adopt me, I need new clothes!

  19. What a precious post! Seriously, could she be any cuter than she already is?!

    So happy that her first day was a success, sweetie!


  20. So adorable! The dialogue and photos, of course! Thanks for sharing photos! :)

  21. What a great post! My one year old girl will be starting childcare in 6mths and I am already getting anxious about it! This was a great post! Your little girl is gorgeous - love the photos!
    Following you from Blog Frog!

  22. I was a SAHM with my oldest and my youngest went to daycare at 2 months....the difference in their social skills, verbal abilities and self-confidence makes me feel guilty my oldest didn't GET to go to daycare!

    You daughter has the most pinchable little cheeks!

  23. My heart goes out to you, she is a sweet little thing.

    I hope the renaming goes well. I didn't mean to get something started on the Blog Frog :o)


    Oh, yeah...I'm giving you an award! Come check it out!

  24. Pics and captions hilarious. I LOVE her "what? I can raise my legs like this?" face -- beautiful that you recorded it twice. The 2 minute commute must be the bomb, too.

  25. Too cute! I'm glad Liliana is fitting in so well at daycare!!

  26. SOO cute how you narrated the day :) found you on FollowFridays on blogfrog...can't wait to read the rest of your posts!!!

  27. So gorgeous! She is such a cuty pie. You have so much more guts than me. I still want to be home with my baby all day everyday...but it is soo great you have what works for you.
    BTW Following you on Blog Frog :)

  28. What an adorable post and the pics, she is such a cutie!

  29. Awwww! I love how you wrote this in conversation format. Your little girl is darling!