Saturday, March 10, 2012
On Friday morning I filled a shopping sack with a hand-made blankie, a change of clothes in a labeled ziploc, two labeled pacifiers, and a cooler with a labeled bottle and sippy cup full of milk. I gave Mimi her breakfast, then put her in fresh pink jim-jams (it was pajama day) and took her to daycare for the first time.
I sat to watch for a while because the baby books all say that it eases separation anxiety. From the moment I put her down in the play area, Mimi never looked back. She has an admirer named Ryland. There are a ton of new toys, and low shelves to pull up on. There were five other babies to meet, and two adults.
I left after half an hour. I went home and changed the sheets, scrubbed the showers, washed the kitchen floor, arranged a play date, and baked banana bread. Then I drove back to the center to pick her up.
She hadn't taken a nap, which didn't surprise me, but she did drain the whole 8oz bottle mid-morning (and she's never, ever taken more than 6oz at a time at home), and ate a great lunch of hamburger and bun, mandarin oranges, and mixed veggies. When she saw me she made a little tired whimper, and fell asleep in the car on the way home.
We have both been much happier ever since. I have some usable time, now, to do things I want to do. Mimi has friends and new scenery and, I guess, a real appetite when she's away from mom. My little girl isn't a helpless insecure baby, she's a curious and friendly toddler. I've always thought that children benefited from time away from their parents, but I'm taken aback that it's true at such a young age. In any case Mimi has been far less whiny and I've been calmer and more in love with her than ever.
Her dad will take her there on Monday and Friday mornings and I will pick her up right after lunchtime. Phew.
About my medication adjustments: I don't know if it's the lengthening days or the B12, but I am not suffering from the Synthroid reduction the way I feared I might. I think I recommend B12 to anybody who thinks their energy isn't what it should be. Deficiency causes fatigue and trouble concentrating, and about 40% of the population is deficient due to malabsorption. B12 is water soluble so there is no practical toxicity threshold. I say, go for it.