As usual we did the nursery drop off in the afternoon, but today was different as I would be returning with baby for her first settle in period.
I’d been looking forward to this for like forever and planning what I needed to do with my spare time however at the same time was feeling a bit strange about the whole thing. Toddler going to nursery was easy she was already walking and went straight into toddler room, whereas baby was starting off in the baby room and that felt ever so strange.
Off we went back home for a quick lunch and returned to nursery. As I parked up and took her out of her car seat she was beaming from ear to ear as if she knew she was coming to play.
She would always have this huge smile whenever we came here, that was the advantage thought she was already familiar with the surroundings and for me it was reassuring she was going to a place I was comfortable with.
We entered the room to be happily greeted by the carers and a group of babies that had just woken up from their naps, just staring at me, the stranger in the room.
Baby looked around and at me a few times with a happy face and we found her a place to get acquainted with her surroundings. She sat and watched everyone and assessed the items in the room for a while and occasionally looking over at me and waiting for positive encouragement to go play (she does that sometimes) within 10 mins minutes she was crawling around playing with things and checking things out.
She seemed comfortable and happy to get on with things so I decided to leave the room and see how she would get on. I didn’t know how she would react seeing me leave, although at home she’s fine unless she needs something, this was a new place. As I went I said “see you later” she looked at me turned around and crawled off!
Oh! she seems fine so I carried on to the reception a little happier that she was OK but still maybe feeling a little seperation anxiety. Obviously one sided!!
I watched her on the montior as she played and then crawled off at super speed through the door to get into the garden where some of the other babies were playing. I couldn’t see her anymore so I finished off the paperwork and went in to see what she was upto and as I turned the corner she was happily messing around in the sand box.
I had a quick chat with the carers and grabbed baby’s coat telling her we had to go. She did in fact ignore me, so I repeated myself, this time she looked up and crawled off in the opposite direction. She was truly ignoring me and wanted to stay and play.
Eventually though we got our coats on and left for home…she did cry, well actually it was more of a shout in protest, indicating she wasn’t happy about this but I reassured her we will come back.
It feels so weird and slightly strange that baby is going nursery already but fingers crossed she’ll continue to love her new journey just like her big sister and I can look forward to some me time.