As many of you know, we have struggled with the right daycare for Andrew, and it's taken us a while to find the perfect fit. Luckily, we have found it. A friend of Scott's parents happened to get an email from their neighborhood e-news about an in-home daycare, and was nice enough to think of us and forward it on. I kept the email for weeks and weeks, trying to get Andrew comfortable at his more commercial daycare. There was never a day that he didn't cry big crocodile tears, and beg me to not leave him. Broke my heart every time and didn't make for a pleasant day at work. After about 2 months of that torture, his ailment after ailment, we knew it was time for a change. We really had no problem with the school itself. They were doing everything right, but it just didn't work for Andrew. So, I re-read the email that was forwarded to me weeks prior, and decided to give this in-home daycare a shot. Turns out, "Busy Bees Daycare" is owned and run by a licensed childcare provider, who has run it out of her home for over 20 years. We went to meet Ms. Sheryl one weekday night, and immediately fell in love. We were there for no more than an hour, and in that time, Andrew sat down, read a book, played in her backyard, and even ended the visit with a big poopie diaper! I had prayed that God give me signs if this was meant for us, and I KNOW those were signs!
Like we expected, Andrew was teary for a little while when we dropped him off but not long at all - only 2 short days! On day 3, he went straight in to play in the floor, ride the horsey, and give "Ms. Sha Sha" some love. HOW HAPPY THIS MAKES HIS MOTHER! I know he loves it there. He's actually told me no when it's time to go home. I never thought I'd see the day! Ms. Sheryl gives him lots of love and attention. They play with puzzles, read, sing, dance, playing outside for hours, have picnics outside, and have so much fun! It really does make a big difference in how happy Andrew is even at home. He seems to be perkier, more playful, and just plain giggles all the time. He goes to bed worn out - so much so that we've weaned him from his paci!
We've begun working on the food now. Ms. Sheryl prays over Andrew everyday about his eating, so we've started doing the same. We haven't made progress yet, but I know that day will come. Until then, chicken nuggets and waffles it is! :)