I put my sweet baby down for a nap almost an hour ago and while she has been sleeping I have been filled with gratitude.
3 weeks ago we made the decision to move Olivia from an in-home daycare situation where she was the only child being cared for to a regular daycare facility. Making this decision was difficult because it meant doubling our childcare costs but also because we had originally felt it was best for her to have one on one care and we were not entirely certain that the change would be okay given her temperament. Additionally, this change meant exposing her to lots more children which would mean more illnesses. On top of all that making the change meant there would be a lapse in childcare so Mark had to take unplanned time off to be at home during the lapse. But for a number of reasons we both knew Olivia needed a change in her daytime environment so we forged on with the decision.
It has now been 2 weeks since Olivia started at her new daycare and I am simply amazed at how much she has changed. By being around other children she is developing at an appropriate pace and learning to play and both those things make for a happier baby. She is much less fussy than she had been, is not as demanding and is able to nap which in itself is reason enough for me to be ecstatic!
So, I am filled with gratitude to God. Gratitude that He gave me the discernment that Olivia needed a change, gratitude for the changes in Olivia that are enabling us to enjoy her more and more and gratitude that He led us to the right daycare.