There was a time, not so many years ago, when I said, "I would never be like one of those mothers--putting my child in daycare!" Rather than being a reflection of careful thought and concern for my own child, my attitude was more a result of pride and, yes, ignorance. I just knew that those mothers weren't as committed or as wise as I would be when I became a mother.
Now, I am opening a new door--the door to a small daycare about a 10 minute walk from our apartment. Daddy, Buggy Boy, and I visited there together after lunch. Buggy immediately plunged into the toys and began interacting with the other children. DH and I left and walked around the neighborhood for about 30 minutes, talking. (We even uncovered a fantastic bakery/cafe that I didn't realize was there.) Then, we called the daycare and they said that Buggy was happy and playing well. We walked back, and when we came in the door, he ignored us. When we tried to get him to leave, he ran and hid under the slide. He didn't want to leave.
Tomorrow, I will return with Buggy Boy and he will begin his first official day of daycare. DH and I plan to just let him stay there for a few hours in the morning. If Buggy were scared to meet new people than I wouldn't force him to, but God has blessed me with a highly extroverted boy. He doesn't want to stay home with me. He is always running to the door and trying to put on his shoes and hat to go outside. When we go out, he loves to run up to different people and try to "talk" to them. My son loves to meet new people and play with other kids. He loves the stimulation of going new places and playing with new toys. I can't give him that kind of interaction in our tiny little apartment.
So, what will I do while Buggy is gone? One thing: Study languages. I've been frustrated by my lack of time to practice Korean. My DH has to do many things for me because of my lack of Korean skills. It isn't good for either of us. I will probably also begin studying Hebrew again. When I resume my master's, I will need to be able to pass an advanced standing test in Hebrew to avoid taking the first year and wasting several thousand dollars. And, I brought a pile of Greek books with me to Korea that I need to review at some point. There is no lack of work for me to do!
Buggy will be within walking distance of me and my husband both. I'm looking forward to opening a new door. . .