Back to work.. and daycare

I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’m not alone when I tell you this week was a rough one.  My husband and I were lucky enough to be home over the holidays.  Our daycare was open, so A went a few days for shorter hours, but for the most part we had low key mornings at home.  It was just the rejuvenation we needed after a hectic holiday season.

But then, Monday came and it was back to our quick and structured schedule in the mornings.  By Wednesday, A was in full tantrum mode in the morning when getting dressed. I’m talking on the floor and all.

By Friday, it was a little better, and she certainly got up earlier this weekend then she did during vacation week.  But this is one part of being a working mom that does make me feel guilty.  (Yes, there are others).  I can’t help but think “What if every morning was as great as our vacation week?”  Yes, the realistic side of me knows there would be difficult mornings just the same, but that doesn’t make me feel any less guilty now as I am in the thick of it.

I know this too shall pass, and each day back in her routine will get easier, but this weekend, I hugged A just a little tighter, and snuggled just a little longer.

Curious if readers had similar transition experiences this week? Any vets have tried and true tips to share?

Book of the week: Where is Friendship Bear? By Romero Britto

Friendship Bear

This has been one of A’s favorite books since she was about 3 months old. For those of you who don’t know his work, Romero Britto is a fabulous pop artist.  Until becoming a parent I had no idea he dabbled in the kids world. He has a whole line of plush, clothes and books for kids full of bright colors.

This book is the story of Love Bear, searching for his or her pal Friendship Bear.  Along the way he or she runs into lots of other bears with unique qualities (Happy Bear has a pink & shiny nose, Hope Bear has a glittery red ear) that come to life through a peekaboo fashion.  A is almost 2 and STILL loves this book. When she was younger it was the bright colors, then the peekaboo, and now the story and interaction.

The book is pretty widely available but you can always check out Romero Britto’s site at



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