Do you know what’s harder than packing lunches every.single.day? Sending your “baby” to “school” for the first time.
That’s right, Baby G began a 3-day-a-week childcare program last week. It’s been a very difficult decision for me… but I know it’s the right one. This past year, I moved my office into our home (by spending a few thousand dollars on air conditioning and finishing a 300sq ft room above the garage), hired numerous sitters and re-arranged all of our family’s schedule and activities to stay on track with the baby’s needs.
You know who I forgot to take care of? ME. This past year has been really difficult to manage on very little sleep and drinking a lot more caffeine than I should.
While many of you have been encouraging and super helpful… unfortunately some people very close to our family have been less than. “Why don’t you just quit? Why not just put all of MOMable’s lunch menus on the internet and let people find the information for themselves?”
Seriously, it has been that negative and worse. My response is always the same. I am not quitting because I love my community and what I do, I love helping thousands who struggle to pack lunches for their family day after day and I see a bright future for the entire MOMables team. Thankfully, my husband reminds me to “not listen to those people” and move on.
Last Monday was Baby G’s first day of organized daycare. I think I’ve spent more time watching him on the cameras than working… but it’s an adjustment for me too. He is now clingy, has started to cry a lot when I put him down for naps and is waking up 2-3times at night. He sure knows how to make mom feel guilty!
It’s been a very difficult decision for me… but I know that it’s the right one for us (even 3 days a week). I couldn’t continue working from 9pm-1 am or later… night after night. Now, I can hopefully get some rest and begin to feel human again.
Ok, back to the reason for these “newtons”. The facility provides two snacks and lunch every day for the kids; I, however, waived the food program for Gabriel completely–Yes, I am that mom. I don’t feed my kids corn dogs, canned vegetables, fake cheese, boxed foods… the list goes on. Like school lunches across the nation, parents think that because the food is made in a kitchen that it’s with fresh ingredients. Sadly, no.