Hayden had to go back to day care last week. It’s been an adjustment for him, but he is soldiering on. On top of having to get used to not being home all day, he has gone from the infant room into the toddler room. It’s a whole other room, and of course there is a new schedule, new teachers, new friends (although a couple of the kids are previous friends from the infant room who moved up before him). They go outside for 1/2 hour twice a day. The first time is at 9 so that works out really well because it motivates me to take him there before my daily 9:00 meeting. When he was still in the infant room I would have him take his first nap at home at 9 while I had my teleconference and would take him in when he woke up. Another adjustment is that for snacks and lunch they sit at little tables and eat. He had only eaten in highchairs before. But apparently he is doing well with that. I figured he would be constantly getting up, but they said he hasn’t done that. And the final big change is that they sleep on these little cots (like thin travel beds that are slightly elevated and have no sides). I thought it would be really hard for him to stay put, but again they are reporting that he stays put pretty well. He’s not been sleeping a terribly long time, particularly as there is only one nap time and he is not entirely ready for one nap yet. He has some days where that is all he needs, but at least just as many days where he needs 2. Now that he is having such big days with typically less than an hour sleep, the days when he is home he is really needing to catch up on sleep and gets a couple of good naps per day. Last week was such an adjustment, and that compounded with little nap time meant that we had a pretty tired and grumpy baby Mon, Tues, and Wed nights. So we are trying to make sure he gets to bed even earlier on day care nights, which is a shame because it means less playing time with him, but we have to do what is best for him.