We pulled Adria out of Joyland on Friday, and started her at Little Adventures childcare center this morning, bright and early.
One of the things I liked about Joyland was how organized and structured it appeared at first glance. It looked like a school. There were art projects on the wall, and the classroom doors were decorated for the seasons. It appeared to offer the structure we wanted, and I was excited about the learning opportunities Adria would get there. It was a bigger, newer, nicer room, and the kids stayed in that room until they turned 2. There could be a lot for Adria to gain by watching the older kids! Unfortunately, to put it mildly, we were disappointed. I found her dazed or dozing in a swing too many times. Engaged, or even napping in her own crib as opposed to narcotized in the swing too few times. I won't even get into the difficulty I had trying to get some kind of record of "when did she eat and sleep"? (Doesn't seem like that difficult a question to me.) And the staff just didn't seem to care about my girl. Seriously, I know that diaper was poopy, and that not everyone will love her. I get it. However, I am paying for these people to not only care FOR her, but ABOUT her. "I don't want to, but it's my job" is not good enough. That is what I expect, and that is what my money is good for.
Ironically, when I reviewed Little Adventures before, it seemed a little less organized, and a little less polished. It's an old house converted into a daycare, small, a little "busier" seeming. But cozy and caring. When I visited it last there were 2 babies asleep in their cribs, and 2 playing on the floor. Jason reviewed it again last week and was also really excited to make the switch. She'll be in an infant room--exclusively infants. There will be 6 little bitties in the room including Adria, all in a similar age/stage. I'm really hopeful for the amount of attention and interaction she'll be getting, that these folks will understand the importance of schedule and structure and a meaningful nap time, and now I'm hopeful she'll get to interact with those little bitties! (Basically any interaction will be good for her!) Sigh. Really I just want to find someplace that will love my daughter while I'm away. That could cover over a lot of other territory. It would be a huge thing for me to come in and find her playing. Is that so much to ask?
I'm going to visit and feed her on my lunch break, like I have always tried to do. It's a bit farther, but hopefully will be worth it. Like I said, I'm hopeful. I ache for her, both because I wish I could be with her, and because I want so deeply for her to be alright. Cared for, yes. Cared about, absolutely. So... we'll see how it goes!