by Ginger on April 28, 2011

in Mom Thoughts, The Kid, Working Mom

I hate Thursdays right now. Thursdays are daycare days and they’re just so…draining is a good word.

  • Jackson always dawdles through his breakfast on Thursdays.
  • It always takes longer to leave than I expected on Thursdays.
  • I’m always late to work because of drop off on Thursdays.
  • I feel stressed about the lateness on Thursdays.
  • I always leave early because of pick up on Thursdays.
  • I feel stressed about the earliness on Thursdays.
  • Jackson never sleeps as well for his nap on Thursdays.
  • Because he didn’t nap well, Jackson frequently has night terrors on Thursdays.

I’m still not in a good rhythm. WE’RE still not in a good rhythm. We’ll get there, but for now, Thursdays are a pain in my ass.


  • Seeing him run off with his friends & teachers at drop off is pretty awesome.
  • Watching Jackson play with other kids on the daycare cam is pretty awesome.
  • Having him learn things that he wouldn’t (or not as fast) at home is pretty awesome.
  • The feeling of excitement as I drive to pick him up is pretty awesome.
  • The moment he sees me when I pick him up is pretty awesome.
  • The moment he sees Daddy, and the doggy, and the kitty at home is pretty awesome.
  • Watching him blossom and develop in part thanks to Thursdays? Is pretty awesome.

Ok, Thursdays aren’t ALL bad.

AmyLynn April 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Great way of changing your attitude!

I do a little something like this on my blog on Tuesdays

I named is Gratituesdays

try it…

Next Tuesday find TEN things you are grateful for.

love your blog by the way

that is all

clara April 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I used to feel the same way about Tuesdays. I had to take my son to daycare on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Tuesday was the worse day because he had to get used to it after 4 days off. I cried every Tuesday for months.

It will get better as he gets older.

I like your positive list, too. Hey, it’s almost Friday now!

Jen April 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Your Thursdays sound like my Everydays. I do mornings and daycare drop-off/pickup every week day, and as Rowan has gotten older and further developed his dawdling skillz, it’s a struggle to get out the door on time. I, too, stress about being late, because I leave early every day to get him, and while my company is pretty lax about that sort of thing, I can’t help but feel anxious. As if I’m being judged for being a mom, or something.

BUT. The short drive from the office, and the walk up the steps to his (in-home) daycare are my favorite part of the day. He’s always excited to see me, and even though five minutes later he’ll probably be whining in the backseat about a lack of snacks for the commute home, I feel assured that my being a working mom, and him being at daycare is the best arrangement for us. On a good day, he and I will discuss all that he did at daycare with his friends, and it so fun to hear it from his little perspective.

shasta April 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

The routine is definitely the worst part of having a kid in daycare. BUT by the time they’re school age, they’ll be used to getting up and out everyday. Mittens will be like “Start my day at 8? No big deal! Been doing that forever!”

Also, they don’t do breakfast time at daycare? Mittens’ group has breakfast right about when she arrives (7:45-8) so she only gets milk and crackers at home before we leave.

Cloud April 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

You’ll get the routine down, and then it will be better.

But I’m lucky in that my husband does drop offs and I do pick ups. Drop offs are way harder, in my opinion. The moment I get to day care and my kids see me and come running towards me with big smiles…. that is the best part of my weekdays.

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