A Stressful Schedule and Jax Starts Daycare

You guys, do you ever have days that feel totally out of control? Today is one of those days for me. There are so many HUGE things happening…

After a 93 day NICU stay, 5 surgeries, two winters of isolation, hundreds of appointments, and millions of laughs and hugs, this mama is letting go a little. Jax started daycare today!

OK, OK – so it’s only one day a week…but still! My little baby is growing up! (I’m not sure how I feel about this yet!!)

Big kid walking into daycare all by himself... *snif, snif*
Big kid walking into daycare all by himself… *snif, snif*

We found a great in-home daycare. When we went for the interview, Miss Emily gave me two three-ring binders with her resume, letters of recommendation, the typical schedule, examples of activities and projects, and other information. Oh, Emily – you had me at binder!

She is a former elementary school teacher with a master’s degree in education. She follows the Love and Logic curriculum and offers structured learning activities every day. She also is a gymnastics coach so she incorporates daily exercise and movement into the schedule each day. I know Jax will thrive in this structured learning environment! He will have so much fun playing with and learning from the other kids!

Plus, Emily has already sent me 4 pictures and a video – she gets it! 🙂

Jax's first day at daycare
Jax’s first day at daycare

It will be good to have a scheduled day each week so I can focus on work. I’ve been increasing my hours so we can afford to buy a new car. My car is on it’s last legs and it’s not safe for Jax any more. We’re hoping to find something this week! I am not very good at car shopping, so this is a huge source of stress for me. I hope we find something safe, reliable, and inexpensive!

We also have a lot of appointments coming up this week and next. The main one is the sedated brain MRI on Monday.

When I got off the phone with the scheduler, I almost hyperventilated – I didn’t realize just how nervous I was for this one! Not only are we checking for a brain injury, but it’s also a sedated, 45-minute procedure. That means Jax will be under anesthesia and can’t have anything to eat or drink for 8 hours before the procedure. Yikes – this will be hard for a kid who asks for breakfast while he’s still laying in his crib.

We also have a follow-up eye appointment, Early Intervention, pediatrician appointment for a physical before the MRI, and we pick up his AFOs.

In case you’re counting (and I am), that’s 5 appointments in 7 days. All with a car that doesn’t work well.

Oh, and then we’re packing for our annual trip to Boy Lake, which as you all know, is where our adventure with Jax started two years ago.

And then, we’re planning for Jax’s 2nd birthday, which is just three short weeks away!

OK. I need to breathe. This is nuts – good thing I have these boys to keep me smiling! (Because I’m about to have a panic attack…)

Happy boys

Author: Andrea M

Oh man, what an adventure! I went into labor unexpectedly when I was 23w3d pregnant. Jaxson was born weighing 1 lb 8 oz. A tiny little peanut, but boy was he feisty. He still is! We love it now, but we probably won't when he is a teenager. I write about our journey and all other things that come with it, including a brain tumor. We look forward to "meeting" you - come hang out with us...we're pretty cool.

4 thoughts on “A Stressful Schedule and Jax Starts Daycare”

  1. Wow, you certainly hit the jackpot with that in-home daycare! The binder full of credentials and the education would have sold me too – after years of working in daycare, in-homes have always scared me to death UNLESS you find one just like you’ve described. Miss Emily seems to get it, indeed. Good for you and for Jax!

    I’ll be thinking about you and all those appointments. Sedation just plain sucks. Hope you both get through it quick and painlessly.


    1. My mom did in-home daycare when I was growing up, so I knew that I wanted and in-home provider that would give Jax some structure in a comfortable home-environment. I *knew* this existed! But it was hard to fine, we searched a lot, so when we met Emily, we knew immediately she was the one! 🙂 We feel lucky! Thanks for the positive thoughts – they help a lot!!


      1. They are so hard to find, but once you do, you truly do feel like you hit the jackpot! For kids who have already gone through so much that in-home atmosphere makes a big transition a little easier. Can’t wait to hear how he does over the next few weeks/months 🙂


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