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 little...um...creepy/startled 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 talkative...like 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! : )