To My Second Baby on your First Day of Daycare

Today I go back to work. I’m already feeling all the emotions today, no matter how strongly I feel going back to work is the right thing for us. Today is also Ella’s first day of daycare, and if she could understand me, these are the things I’d want her to know. 

Today, Ella goes to daycare for the first time. I've done this before, so I know what to expect, but it's still so hard as a working mom to leave my baby girl.

My sweet Ella – 

Today I go back to work. I’ve been preparing for this for weeks, but there’s no real way to prepare you for it. It’s going to be a big change for you, but this is going to be your new normal. 

Maternity leave is like stolen time. It’s the weeks I’ve had you all to myself. To get to know you with no distractions. To breathe you in, see your sweet smiles, tend to your every need every moment. I’m sorry to tell you that’s not our norm. Today you head to daycare for the first time. 

I’ve done this before, and that does make it a little easier, but harder at the same time. I know you’ll be just fine. You’ll be with your sister all day and I know how she loves you and is so excited to have you with her all day. I know our daycare provider will take amazing care of you and keep us in the loop about everything. 

I also know there are countless things I’ll miss. You haven’t rolled over yet. You’ll likely learn to sit on your own at daycare, to crawl and to walk. There are so many milestones I won’t witness, that I’ll hear about secondhand. 

I also know this is going to be so confusing for you. You’re going to be spending more time in the car. You’ll be taking bottles all day (and we both know they’re not your favorite). Someone else will be putting you down for naps. You’re such a mama’s girl that I know without a doubt that you’ll be looking for me.

I know you’ll adjust, and I want you to know that going back to work is the best thing for me and the best thing for our family. I want to be a role model for you. I want to show you that you can be strong, that you too can do anything you put your mind to. I want you to understand that we don’t live in bubbles of our own families, and that we create our own village in those that support us. Connecting with others is so important, and I hope I’m planting the seeds of those connections now. 

Just know I love you more than you’ll ever know, sweet Ella. I will be missing you tremendously today. Be your sweet self today, and save me a smile for when I pick you up, okay?

Love you, Momma

Today, Ella goes to daycare for the first time. I've done this before, so I know what to expect, but it's still so hard as a working mom to leave my baby girl.

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  1. Ashley Valentino
    February 13, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Jess, that was beautifully written. I hope your first day back to work goes smoothly and isn’t too crazy!

    • Jess
      February 13, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Thanks hon!! ❤

  2. February 13, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Oh Jess – this made me cry. Sending so much love and hugs! You’re such a great Mom. Ella will adjust, you all will. I know it’ll be a change, but I’m so proud of you! xoxo Happy Monday, dear!

    • Jess
      February 13, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Thank you 💗 I’ll be happy when the day is over!

  3. February 13, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I know exactly how you’re feeling having returned to work last month. I’d like to say it gets easier but it’s more you learn to accept the new routine.however hubby took today off and greeted me outside my office with baby in tow. I was so happy!

    • Jess
      February 13, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks, I know it gets easier since it did last time, but today was still so hard. What a sweet surprise your husband gave you today!

  4. February 13, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    This made me tear up! My baby boy starts day care at the beginning of April and even though he’s my second baby too, gosh is it hard! I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to stay home with him for a whole year, and I know he will thrive at daycare, just as his older brother did, but it’s still going to be an adjustment. Best of luck to you, I hope you both do OK!

    • Jess
      February 13, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you! You are so lucky to have a year at home! Good luck to you when the time comes and enjoy your last bit of time at home!

    • Jess
      February 13, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Thank you! We did okay!

  5. February 13, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Such a sweet letter. Hope your first day went well.

    • Jess
      February 14, 2017 / 6:17 am

      Thank you! It went ok!

  6. February 15, 2017 / 7:08 am

    This made me tear up Jess! I know how hard it is, especially those first few days. Thinking of you and your sweet family! You got this mama!
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    • Jess
      February 15, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Thank you! We’re adjusting okay so far!