My 14 month old, Genevieve, got kicked out of mother's day out today.
Ok, not really kicked out, but this is what happened. She's been going for a little over two weeks. I put her in because it's only twice per week at a church that I like (despite the fact that we don't attend) and I believed the social interaction with other babies might be good for her.
I noticed right away, as did my husband, that the director of the program seemed a bit cold, and the teacher was nice, but perhaps "too nice," (as in fake).
This has been Gen's first time being in a nursery setting (we have a wonderful nanny who cares for her in our home while we work), and she kind of freaked out. She cried the first time we brought her, and continued being cranky the rest of the day. The next couple of times she went, we were told that she was fussy and didn't want to take a nap. Apparently Genevieve also kept the other children awake during naptime.
So today when we brought her in the morning, the director looked through her things and asked "where's her bottle of milk?" I hadn't brought it, but instead had brought milk in a sippy cup which she takes fine at home. The director insisted that "Genevieve NEEDS her bottle. She is inconsolable without it."
So I told her that I would bring a bottle back before naptime.
When I arrived back 2 hours later, I approached the door and heard my baby screaming BLOODY MURDER. I paused at the door for a second and peeked in, and Gen was flopping around on the floor alone screaming, as the director made aggravated noises and phrases like "OH MY GOSH." That's how my baby was being cared for.
So I burst through the door, and the director and the teacher both informed me that Gen had screamed the entire time I was gone. It didn't matter what they did...she wouldn't stop crying.
"She doesn't play...she won't crawl or try to walk...she just cries. I don't know how this is going to work. I don't think she will ever adjust." is what was told to me by a very irritated director and teacher.
So as I sat there rocking my poor baby, who was now perfectly calm and happy since I was back, I told them that she never acts likes this and she's a perfect baby at home.
The director quizzed me about my nanny: "That girl who keeps her...she must hold her all day long...?!!"
I said no...she reads with her, plays with her, etc. and that this is the first I've ever seen Genevieve behave like this.
The director said "Well, we just had another baby drop out...Hope. She couldn't adjust...cried the entire time. She's 14 months old and still being breastfed." Apparently being breastfed until 14 months of age is a cause for a baby to be overly fussy.
Anyway...I for one am happy to have my fussy, spoiled, extended breastfed baby back home where she belongs...where she knows she is cared for and loved.
I am so upset about this. I can't believe I let my child be in a situation with those two women, and I'm so glad I got her out of it so quickly. But I must give props to my Genevieve, for knowing when she's in a negative situation, and for VOCALIZING that knowledge! I hope that assertion serves her well all of her days.
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