I woke up this morning (very early) excited to go to do duty day at M's school. A bit of background, every day a different parent or caregiver gets to spend the day with the class to help out the teachers. Today was my day! M had a bit of a cold, but it wasn't that bad and Ms. and I thought she would be fine going to school. We had a great time! M was very happy that I didn't have to go and was able to stay with her the whole time. It was nice to see her interacting with her friends and having a blast with the activities. My favourite part was music time. A special lady came in to teach some music and the children were able to drum on drums and shake bells. I loved hearing them all sing. :)
But then school was done and it was time to go home for nap time. That's when it all fell apart. M was already tired this morning from a bad sleep last night, and by the time she got into her crib, she was overtired. She cried and cried and cried because her nose was stuffed-up, which caused her nose to get even worse. She cried for over an hour with Ms. and I taking turns calming her down. She finally slept for 25 minutes. But then she was up and even more upset. It's so hard when the little ones are sick. They don't understand that crying just makes them feel worse and sleep really is the best thing for them. Needless to say this was one of those days I am glad that my childcare duties only span 9-5 (or 3 in this case). Her poor parents are the ones who are going to have to be up with her at night while she tries to get comfortable with a stuffed nose.
To leave you on a happy note here is a little activity that M loved at school today. Tape a garbage bag to a table, put your little one in old clothes or an art smock, and roll up their sleeves. Now spray some shaving cream on the table and let your little one go wild! The texture is amazing and children love it. M had some much fun today with her friends and the shaving cream. I would suggest doing this right before bath time because they get very messy. An added bonus is that this won't dry out their delicate hands.