Melissa - posted on 09/24/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
I am staying home with my first child who is 16 month old daughter and she is very energetic. I have noticed that she seems to always be looking for greater challenges and my husband says he thinks she's bored at home. When I get out of the house with her to do errands, she gives me a hard time trying to get her to stay put in the buggy, pulling at whatever is in reach, standing up, ect. When I take her to church she really enjoys the structured setting and getting to see other children. I had to take her with me to an optomitrist visit for myself and there was one older boy she was desparate to play with and seemed sad when he left (she followed him to the door and waved bye to him!)
She loves running around our acre sized back yard, chasing our cats, and inside she shadows me in whatever I do, never leaving the same room I am in. I try to encorporate her in everything. When I cook eggs for breakfast, she helps me crack them and whisk them. Doing laundry, she gets to help me throw the clothes in the washer and helps take them out of the dryer. I think she is completely adorable and precious and I don't want to even think about leaving her at a daycare, but I think it is something that may benefit her. I think she is craving being around other children and would enjoy more structure in her day.
One experience that I compare this to is when I was determined to breastfeed one year. But at 11 months, she started turning me away and preferring the bottle. She never looked back very shortly refused to be breastfed. It was over and I had to deal with it. So now, about daycare, I am wondering if she's ready for it, even if I am not.
What are your thoughts on this?