It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Tap, tap, tap

That’s me, knocking wood.

I am not a superstitious person. Which is why I had NO HESITATION, none at all, nuh-uh, to tell you that little Noah had the SECOND-EVER BEST FIRST DAY EVER. tap, tap, tap (What does that mean? It was a tied-for-first-place best first day. I’ve had one other — ONE! In twelve years! — that was as good. The other was nine years ago.)

I’m not worried about jinxing myself. No concerns from me that in telling you about this amazing event, I’ve just painted a bulls-eye on my butt for the fates to come kick my ass. I “pfft!” at the very notion of an evil eye. Tempting fate? Ha!


Little Noah — the one who visited for a few hours a couple of weeks ago? — his first day was yesterday. A year old.

When I start a new child, I expect tears at the parent’s departure followed by intermittent (please God, not continuous) wailing throughout the day, interspersed with bouts of very solemn staring. I expect trouble with naps. I expect the child will reject food, possibly even bottles. It is quite likely that the child who is experiencing all this distress will reject comfort from me, at least for the first half of the day.

It is all quite pathetic. Poor little mites.

It is possible that I will see the occasional smile. The child might sit on my lap during circle time, or at least be fascinated by watching. They might watch the antics of the other children with some evidence of pleasure. They might take comfort in their food, they might snuggle in to me as I feed them a bottle. They might even laugh. Any or none of this might happen. I certainly don’t expect anything like this.

And I certainly don’t expect a child to not notice when his mother leaves, to play happily all day, to eat all of every food provided with gusto, to grin continuously, to toddle away from me at the park then come laughing back, to shriek with delight at the antics of the other children… and then nap for two and a half hours. And greet his dad with a crow of delight at the end of the day.

On his first day.

But that is was Noah did, every last bit of it. He was not just calm, he was outright cheerful. He was interested, happy, interactive, friendly, responsive… In short, he was a short little ton of fun. I cannot conceive of a way in which his day could have been improved upon.


There! I (tap) did it (tap, tap)! You now (tap, tap, tap) all know that Noah (tap) had a PERFECT FIRST DAY (taptaptaptaptaptaptaptaptap).

And if Day #2 is hell on earth, we all know why.

September 2, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. I find that Day 2 is almost always worse than Day 1 for a newbie. They can handle anything cheerfully for one day – it’s when momma brings them to my door AGAIN that all hell breaks loose.
    I hope that is not the case for you and Noah.

    Day 2 was mildly worse than day one, but still miles better than I was expecting. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Comment by daycare girl | September 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. I always called it the honeymoon. It ended whenever the child figured out tht this day care thing wasn’t just an adventure, it was an every day thing whether they liked it or not. Occasionaly I’d get one who never gave a damn, but that was rare. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    I told his parents the same thing yesterday. There are, in my experience, two main styles of entry to daycare. Most children cry at first and have nicely settled in in three weeks or so, but a significant minority start out just fine, and then, a few days to as long as two weeks later, a switch seems to go off in their little heads, and they say, “Hey! Wait a minute! This keeps happening!” And then they need another couple of weeks to make the adjustment.

    I’m suspecting Noah is falling into that latter camp.

    Comment by jwg | September 4, 2008 | Reply

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