Today is Justin’s last day in the Infant Room. He’s been there since he was 9 weeks old and I have watched him move from a crib in the playroom and a bouncy seat during meals to a crib in the nap room and a high chair to now a cot and a seat at the table. I’ve watched his friends grow and develop just as I’ve watched him. I’ve gotten to know his teachers very well and the personalities of all the other babies. And I’ve been a little sad each time one of his friends moves up into Toddlers.
Tuesday, he will start in Toddlers. He’s been transitioning over by spending time in that room a bit more each day. Yesterday, our practice drop off didn’t go well, but there were other factors making it a bad morning (like falling on his head). He’s definitely ready to be with the older kids. I worry because he is so little, but I’ve noticed that the others are looking out for him. So while it’s bittersweet there are some real benefits….
- Our daycare cost just dropped $15/week.
- He is so worn out that he’s beginning to sleep through the night again.
- He’s developing new skills almost faster than we can keep track of them.
- His routines are becoming more complex but more solid as well.
- He won’t be able to give the Infant Room teachers any more heart attacks with his amazing climbing abilities.
- He’s going to have peers to help model his behavior and skills.
- He’s so happy and excited.
The one area that really needs some work (and we’ll focus on this weekend) is the ability to drink out of a cup. If you put an inch of milk in a small juice glass, he does very well the first time. The second time, he gets overconfident and tips the glass before it’s in his mouth. And if you make the mistake of filling it up a third time, he will do any or all of the following: stick his spoon in it, stick his hand in it, or dump it over his plate and the table.
Knowing him, he’ll probably have this just about under his belt by Tuesday. If he hears someone say that he isn’t doing something that he should be, he always starts doing it or at least making vast improvement just to prove you wrong. Sounds like a toddler to me.