May 21

Keeping in touch

by LifeLoveLaura on May 21, 2013

It’s no secret that I’m a super control freak so before Little T even arrived I had his childcare organised for when I return to work. I felt silly organising it at the time but I’m so glad I did, it’s been a lot of weight off my shoulders whilst on maternity leave having one less (huge) thing to think about. It was about a year ago when Big T and I first met Little T’s childminders, plural because they are mother and daughter who work together. To be honest, they were the first ones we met and we didn’t look any further. They have over 20 years of experience between them, they’re really flexible and willing to work around parents who are shift workers, they’re registered for over night care in case of emergencies, they run a fab playgroup twice a week at our local children’s centre which we have taken Little T to a couple of times and they have a pet guinea pig. I have read their OFSTED online which is great and have observed them with some of the other children that they mind. It even turns out that I went to school with the daughter! These aren’t they only reasons we chose these ladies to look after Little T, of course, but they are a few of many.

Yesterday, I took Little T to meet them again and to sign contracts etc. I expected it to be a quick visit but I ended up staying most of the afternoon whilst they got to know Little T a little bit better. They asked about his routine, what he likes to eat, how he sleeps and if there are any big no-no’s for him. It was lovely to see Little T settle in a little bit. To be fair, he’s such a chilled out baby that it doesn’t take him long to get his bearings when we go somewhere new, he just cracks on with things so I don’t think he had any reservations about being somewhere new. If anything, he seemed to love having a few other children to play with. This is one of the main reasons I wanted him to go into childcare really – to get used to being out of the home and away from us and to learn how to interact with other children.

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Another reason for going yesterday was to prepare Little T for today – his first full day at the childminders and my first day back at work (eek!). Fortunately, it’s not an official day at work, it’s a Keep In Touch day. It is optional whilst being on maternity leave to help you with your transition back to work after your time off. It’s something that, as much as I wish I didn’t have to work, I wanted to take advantage of as I haven’t actually done any clinical work since discovering that I was pregnant so I’m going in on a Tuesday for the next few weeks. Due to my job in a mental health hospital I was taken off the ward, and consequently taken off shift work, as soon as I told my manager that I was pregnant. I was 9-5 office based for the whole 9 months so, along with my maternity leave, being off the ward for around 18 months then going straight back into shift work in July isn’t half going to be a shock to the system!

Whilst being updated on work stuff will be beneficial for me, I was still a little bit anxious about leaving Little T for a full day with someone other than his grandparents. Going to see his childminders yesterday and spending some time with them, however, put me at ease. The same can’t be said for his dad who is flapping a tiny bit! I know Little T will be just fine. So, whilst you’re reading this I’ll be at work, probably moping about and moaning at anybody who talks to me but at least I can relax as far as Little T is concerned as I know that he is in capable hands. Wish us both luck!

Laura x

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