Benjamin has been in childcare since he was 8 weeks old. For that entire time, he has been with the YMCA Childcare Center. Today, I’m thankful for the YMCA and the wonderful people who take care of my boy.
I can remember the first day of daycare like it was yesterday. I spent 8 weeks home with Benjamin before I had to go back to work. I had known I wanted him at the YMCA Childcare Center since before he was born so I signed him up. I wanted him to have a daycare where he could grow up and know everyone there. I never dreamed it would be this wonderful.
But, back to the first day. I hesitantly took him into the baby room where I had already visited once and brought along all of his needed supplies. Howard was away for training so I had to do this all on my own. The ladies in the room were very nice and they reassured me that he would be fine. He was asleep when I dropped him off and that worried me, but he was not one of those babies who wouldn’t let others hold him so I thought he might be okay. I was worried, but I held it together really well for a first day. I almost made it out of the building before Ms. Virginia asked me if I was okay. Then, I lost it.
I cried on Ms. Virginia’s shoulder for a few minutes while she also reassured me that he was going to be just fine. I cried during the 45 minute drive to work. I cried throughout the day while at work, basically every time someone asked me how I was doing or every time someone just looked at me, really. I left work early that day (my first day back) and I cried all the way back to the YMCA.
However, when I arrived to pick him up, he was all smiles! The picture above was right when I arrived to pick him up. He was a happy baby boy. The ladies said he did great and only cried when he was hungry (he never even cried when he had a dirty diaper back then) and even that cry was just a little wimper. They said he was all smiles all day long.
Benjamin would eventually become known as Smiley at the YMCA (and still is called Smiley from time to time) because he just absolutely loves all the people there. Ms. Virginia is still his absolute favorite and she knows him inside and out. When Benjamin didn’t walk until 20 months and the physical therapist had to go work with him, she went to the Y. When I would walk out crying every day because the ladies would tell me he’s still not wanting to walk, Ms. Virginia was there to tell me he was going to be alright. When Benjamin was bullied at the Y, Ms. Virginia was always his cheerleader. To this day, Ms. Virginia is his second mom at the Y. I wish I had a picture of her, but I only have a picture of Benjamin with Mr. Carl when we donated books to the Y daycare program and she is in the background.
Benjamin is almost 8 now and he attends the Afterschool Program with the YMCA Childcare Center. He attends the Summer Camp and even today, he is attending their Out of School Camp because he just loves it that much. We are truly blessed to have hooked up with the Y early on in Benjamin’s little life and we are truly blessed to have wonderful people, like Ms. Virginia, to take care of our boy every day.
So, today I am thankful for the YMCA Childcare Center and my boy’s continued growth through their programs.
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