Currently LM is in the second classroom in his daycare. He started as a baby in the first one and moved up when he was around 7 months. He is now approaching the age where kids move up to the next classroom which is a classroom that has a lot more structure. The kids are on a set schedule of eating/sleeping/activities, they go outside, and the center provides two snacks that are real food. Currently LM is the oldest in his classroom. However, one little girl is moving up ahead of him and there will be others that move up ahead of him before he ever gets to the next classroom.
They are keeping him in his current classroom partly because of his therapies. At first it was because he was behind in his gross motor skills. Now he is moving and crawling/creeping, and getting into everything. Now it is because he has trouble with eating, they want him mostly off bottles and onto a sippy cup, and they want him more on the new classrooms schedule. I know I can’t rush the eating and it may take a while for him to get over his gagging, but it doesn’t stop me from wishing he could eat like the other kids. He is actually getting a lot better on the sippy cup. He will bring it to his mouth, get it in his mouth, and hold it. He just has to work on tilting it so he actually gets something to drink and consistently holding it in the right direction. Right now he will get a couple sips before he moves onto something more interesting. Right now he is all about gross motor skills.
The schedule is a whole different thing. Right now I get him up at 5:30 and give him his prevacid, he eats at 6, 10 and 2 at daycare, 6, and then a bottle before he falls asleep at 8:30ish. His new classroom will have a morning snack at 8am which makes me not really sure what to do with his first bottle. I doubt he will be hungry two hours later, but maybe as he gets older he will. They then have lunch from 11-12 which is three hours after snack. Currently he eats every four hours. He is used to it and I like it because I am not a slave to the bottle. He takes an hour to eat and if we move back to every three again I’m not going to like it. But as he gets better with eating hopefully that will get better too. Then they have a scheduled nap time from 12-2:30pm. I normally pick him up around 3pm now and he falls asleep in the car and sleeps till 5ish because he doesn’t nap well in daycare with all the noise. So this new schedule means that when I pick him up he will have just woken up and I will lose my nap time/quiet time with him. I know as he gets older he will eventually drop that nap anyways, but ugh. I don’t like it. I guess it will be an adjustment for both of us. There is another snack after nap time.
His teachers have said they are going to work with him to slowly adjust his times so that he can be ready for the new classroom. They are going to move up his first bottle by 15minutes each week so that it won’t be a lot of change all at once. This is reasonable. However, back to my original point for this entry. I feel sad that other kids are moving up to this new classroom ahead of him. I know he is not ready to eating wise/drinking wise/schedule wise and that may take a while for him to master these things, but I can’t help but be a little bothered by it. I know he is in the right classroom right now because I don’t want him to get stressed out and not be able to do all the things the older kids are doing and I want him to master the things he needs to before moving on, but it still sits in my mind and irks me. I don’t want him to be left behind. I know that they will all end up in the same classroom eventually anyways a bit down the road, but right now this is what I’m having trouble with. I need to just let go and let LM keep progressing and tell my brain to shut up, but sometimes that is easier said then done.
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