This week I have gone back to work part time and Thomas has started going to a local nursery three days a week. The first day was a bit traumatic but that was mostly for me! Because I work in Worcester, I have to get up at 6am, have a coffee and get ready then get Thomas up, give him some milk and be out the door to take him to nursery for 7.30am. I need to be at work for 8.30am. I did not get much sleep on Monday night as I worrying about getting up as I am so out of practice. I even set two alarms just in case.
We got to nursery for 7.40am and I dropped him off with his key carer and apart from a few tears he was fine. I just about managed to get back to the car before I burst into floods of tears. I got myself back together and drove to work. I was warmly welcomed back at work with a little get together with tea and lots of cake and biscuits which made me feel better. I lasted until after lunch before calling the nursery to see how Thomas was doing. I was pleased to find out that he had settled and was having fun but they were struggling to get him to sleep. I picked him up at 5.15pm and he was tired and looked pleased to see me. Thomas was smiling at all the staff though so he must have had a good time. Wednesday was pretty much the same but he struggled to get to sleep again. They even put him in a pushchair to see if that would work. Yesterday, Thomas was very happy when I picked him up and he waving to me and all the staff. He seems to be having a good time there but by 3pm, he becomes grumpy as he is not getting enough sleep.
Thomas is very inquisitive and does not want to miss anything. When they put them to sleep, the nursery put them all in travel cots in the same room which is not very dark and play lullabies in the background. When we are home, Thomas goes into his cot in a dark room, with his Winnie the Pooh light show and if it is night-time, he sleeps in a baby sleeping bag. I have been trying to think of things I can tell the nursery to do to help him get some sleep and enjoy the afternoon more. I am thinking of sending one of his sleeping bags in and seeing how that goes. What do you think I should do? He has three hours sleep today already and I don’t really want to spend all of my day off in the house while he sleeps to catch up with what he has missed at nursery. I want us to be out having fun.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you