a sad day

On Friday we had a very sad day for our family.  It was Alex’s last day at his babysitters. Megan had decided that she was quitting childcare as of the end of June, so we began searching for a new sitter – and found one we wanted, but she had a oppening now, no guarantees in June. So what could we do? We had to switch now.

When we arrived Friday morning, Megan, her daughters and a couple of the other kids she watches were there, and surprised us with a gift for Alex (police car, police badge, and an ATV) and a cute card.  Alex knew something was up and did not want me to leave.  He has not done that in ages!  We had told him that it was his last day at Megan’s, and had introduced him to Florence, but I didn’t expect him to not want me to go.

I had the day off and did a lot of running around while Alex got to play with all the other kids.  When I picked up Alex in the afternoon, I knew it was going to be a tough time.  I had Alex give Megan a bouquet of flowers and a card and then give all the kids a big hug.  I was pretty much a mess by that point.  Because if you think of it, Megan actually got to spend most of the day with Alex, 5 days a week, for almost two years. He called her Mamma for the longest time (he is still pretty slow in his speech). So really, she was another mommy to him. In his short 3 years, Alex has lost his birth mother, two foster moms (Alex had two different FMs in Seoul), and now Megan. 

I know Florence is going to be a good caregiver for Alex. She is a lot older than Megan, more of a grandmother figure.  She also just lives down the street from Matt’s parents so that is going to be convenient if we are in a pinch for pickups.  Also Flo has a number of kids going to her that we either know or know the parents of which is really reassuring.  It’s just going to be a bit of an adjustment period in the next couple of weeks… let’s hope it isn’t a tough one (for Alex or for me).

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16 responses

  1. I got a little choked up when I read this post. Sorry that you have to change sitters, especially when the one you’ve had is so good. Hope the transition goes well!

  2. All the best with the transition. I hope it goes very smoothly, and that Alex finds his groove with Florence. It is definitely sad to have to leave a daycare that you and Alex both loved. It sounds like Megan was really awesome with Alex.

  3. Poor Alex. It’s nice when they have someone else that loves them so much and that they are close to. But it’s sad when that relationship ends. I hope things go as well with Flo.

  4. Holy cow, this is really sad! Ugh. I’ve been having heart palpitations thinking of our upcoming change (hopefully due to a move) and this just puts me over the edge. These people are so important to our littles…. but, I bet there’s going to be lots of good things that come from it!

  5. I got teary eyed reading about this. You’re right – these people in our little ones’ lives are so important. Transitioning to a new situation is hard. Good luck to all of you! Hugs.

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