Today she started her new daycare. For the past 8 months or so we've had a sweet Grandma type gal watching her and one other little guy. It has been a perfect situation. The other mom and I have been friends for years, and the kids are 1 week apart in age. Since it's always been just the 2 kids they've gotten lots of love and snuggle time.
This winter our daycare Grandma decided to take a 2 month vacation. Which meant that we needed to find someplace new for the kids. Living in a small town means that there aren't too many choices for daycare, and all the in-home day cares where I would want her to be, were full. There is one daycare center in town that has both an infant and toddler room. And it just happened to work out that they had 2 infant openings right at the time we needed them. So, the kids were able to stay together!
There are some benefits to the new center that I'm really excited about. Claire hasn't eaten any baby food for about 3 months, and it's been hard to send table food to the old daycare for her. Since the new place serves lunch she is able to eat with the toddler room. While she's been growing well, I think this will help put a little more weight on her as we transition her off the bottle.
I'm also excited about the interaction with the new kids and the staff. While I loved our daycare Grandma, she didn't spend a lot of time on the floor playing with the kids. There are a couple of kids who are just learning to crawl too, and I think having kids at, as well as above, her gross motor level will be beneficial.
This morning when I dropped Claire off, she did perfect. She doesn't have any separation or stranger anxiety, so I know for sure I was more nervous than she was! I talked to the director just a few minutes ago, and all is well, just as I knew it would be!