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Friday, October 02, 2009

4 Miler and Daycare Visit

Last night, I decided to break out of the 3 mile mold and do something a little extra, so I ran 4 miles instead of 3. And I wasn't necessarily trying to do them at a faster pace, but I still managed to get them all done at a sub-11 pace:

Mile 1: 10:55
Mile 2: 10:43
Mile 3: 10:41
Mile 4: 10:55

Total Time: 43:16

Yesterday, in non-running related stuff, Jerry and I went to daycare with Norah so we could chat with her teachers, get a sense for what we need to supply, what things will be like for her while there, see what other babies will be her compatriots, etc. We visited the daycare when I was pregnant, but going in with her now gave me a new perspective, and I actually had questions for them, so that was good.

The people there are very nice, and everything is run with efficiency and cleanliness, and it was fun to see that they have already labeled Norah's crib, cubby, etc with her name and appointed color. They answered all my questions and then some, and in general, I think that it's a supreme daycare. But, then on the way out, one of the women in the office asked me: "So, how do you feel leaving her in our care?" And I nearly started to cry. Then, when we got out in the parking lot, the water works really started.

I know she'll be in good care, and she will only be in daycare in the afternoon, for about 4 hours a day, so I'll still be home with her all morning, and Jerry will pick her up when he's done with work and be home with her for a couple of hours before I get home each evening. But, but, but...it's gonna be tough to be apart from my baby girl! I still have a few weeks before I return to work (my first day back is Oct 20th), but that date is already becoming a duplicitous deadline: I want to go back to work, yet I want to stay home with her. Ugh.

Anyhoo...on the 19th, I'm going to go back to daycare with Norah and bring all of her supplies with her and actually stay there for a few hours so that the actual drop off on the 20th isn't so stressful and sad. And I think that will help, but I still expect to cry my eyes out on the 20th.

On a funny note, though, when we were leaving yesterday, Jerry cracked: "So, there were some uggo babies in there, weren't there?" That made me crack up and feel much better after the tear-fest. And it was true; there were some babies in there with faces only a mother could love!

29 comments:

Jess said...

First!

Jess said...

And congrats on your four miler! That's awesome to shake things up a bit. I'm sure you'll do great when you drop Norah off at daycare. It sounds like it's a really great place and they're all set up for her already which is great. And she'll only be there for a couple hours!

MN Mom said...

Shannon feels the same way even leaving Rylee with me... And I remember feeling like that when I left her with John's mom...no Mama ever feels good about leaving her baby. But we usually have to.
Great gift pack on other post.

Heather said...

Nice job on the 4-miler! Getting speedier and building your endurance. :)

The first day of daycare is tough! It sounds like she'll be in a great place, though. And she'll get some alone time with her daddy in the evenings.

Marlene said...

Uggo babies... LMAO!

It sounds like a great place, but I can definitely understand that it's still going to be tough. I hope October 20th doesn't come TOO soon!

Good job on the four.

X-Country2 said...

Oh Jerry. Can I rent him to add humor to all my emotional situations in life?

RunningLaur said...

Congrats on beating the 3 mile routine.

I think you have a really good balance set up for your little family. You will have time away at work, but she won't be in day care all day long. You'll be great :)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

It's a tough transition. Harder on mom than baby, I believe. Hang in there...

Katie A. said...

Great job on the 4 miler! And those speedy times! You are on a comeback! Yay!
Sounds like you found a good fit for Nora and you and Jerry. I can't imagine the feelings you will going through, but I know you are a strong lady and you all will come out more awesome on the other side!
Don't think about Oct. 20th too much, worrying won't make it any easier. Have a great Friday! :-

Lily on the Road said...

Oh boy, that will be a tough day, but just think of all the coolio things Norah will learn...

kelsalynn said...

great run!

I'm sorry the day is looming where you have to go back to work and leave norah in day care. She'll be just fine and the way she responds and handles it will largely be a reflection on how you handle it.

Viper said...

Those uggos will be the smart ones. Congrats on your increasing speed and distance. Cheers!

Wes said...

Yea... daycare tears... not an uncommon thing at all! You guys are great parents, and you will do Norah up just right...

SJ Goody said...

Funny - I hit 4 miles this week too! It was ROUGH... but I did it, yay! And daycare... holy hell, I am dreading the day. I am going back on Oct 13 but the hub is taking that week off to ease the blow. He's bringing her to visit me on lunch so I don't have to go a full 9 hours without seeing her. The following week will be the real torturous week. But... I just keep telling myself that "everyone does it!"... but I wish our society catered more to new Moms and babies! :( I think Canadians get 12 months!

Nicole said...

Nice job on the run. If it makes you feel any better - I was touring a daycare yesterday and saw a dad drop off his kid and started tearing up. I know it will be okay as well. Enjoy the rest of your time off.

Carolina John said...

kelley cried the entire time during our eldest's first day in daycare. then after a few days she got ok with it. by day 2 she couldn't drop her off.... feel free to impose that on jerry to keep your feelings in check.

Mrs. K said...

the first day i left my daughter in day care i sat in the parking lot and cried like a fool...then i went to work and called the place like 20 times during the day to see what she was doing- laughing, sleeping, eating, diaper change...repeat x 20.

Erin said...

It is going to be tough and you will cry more than once over daycare but it's a great facility and the teachers are wonderful. We are thankful for their help and couldn't imagine doing it another way.

Krissy said...

Oh I know I am going to be a complete mess when I have to bring Elias to daycare even though I really like the lady who will be watching him. She lives withing blocks of our home and I know it will be a good place for him but still the thought of it makes me want to cry and reading your post made it seem like my days are numbered too! UGH...I go back to work on the 2nd of November.

Carly said...

The first day is always tough. I had a rough time this summer putting the kids in full-time. I say with some guilt that most of the time I can't wait for Monday. Ha!

Nice job on the four miler and I am LMAO at Jerry's Uggo baby comment.

Rio Runs said...

Great job on the 4 miler! Although it may be a little tough for you when you first return to work, Norah will do better than you think in daycare! :)

Shannon said...

Sorry sweet-pea....it will be hard at first but it'll get easier. You Rock!

Just to give you a smile....the other day my hubs and I saw our friends "new baby" on facebook and I said, "not to be mean, but that has got to be the ugliest baby I've ever seen!" I totally crack myself up!

runner26 said...

nice four miler!!

as for that woman in the office..WHY did she ask you that??!! stupid. i can imagine it's very hard to leave norah, but like you said, it's only for a few hours and you'll still have lots of time with her. also, this could be good for her social life ;)

MCM Mama said...

NIce job on the four mile!

Norah will do fine at daycare. It'll be harder on you than her (I cried every day for the first week). But you'll all settle into a routine and everyone will do fine. And there will come a day when she'll run into daycare without even saying goodbye because she's so happy to be there (and then you'll cry again LOL).

d.a.r. said...

I really admire you, I think that would be so hard to feel so torn! I hope the transition goes well.

fancy nancy said...

Hang in there! It was really hard for me to leave Emma even though it wasn't for too long either. Each day gets easier though. Emma has actually done awesome there. She is moving all around and trying to talk. Being around a few 2 year olds has taught her some tricks! Mondays are still hard but I know I have no other choice. I'll be thinking of you!!!

N.D. said...

some uggo babies - hahahahha! too funny you 2 are! It is always so hard, ughhh. Great job on the 4 miler! whoowww

Amanda said...

That's got to be hard to think about leaving her. Not to compare your baby girl to a dog, but I just know how sad I am when we have to leave our dogs at boarding so I cannot imagine when we have real kids:)

Agate Lake Girl said...

It's hard to go back to work. I am enjoying it on one hand, but I miss out on a lot too. I look forward to Jan when I can be home more again. At least you guys have worked out a great schedule and have a nice place to leave her!