We are likely pulling DD out of daycare Dec--part of March for my maternity leave. We have had an awful time with illnesses and we don't want DD exposing the new baby and going through it times 2 over the winter with a newborn. After that, we might get a nanny rather than returning to day care.
I have never loved daycare and had a lot of
issues with it for much of DD's first year. Now that she's almost two, I
think she kind of likes it and I actually feel bad (to my own
surprise!) about pulling her out! I feel bad about the teachers that
really like her, and I don't know if DD will miss her "friends," and I
wonder if she will miss all the little activities. Yet, I just cannot
see exposing new baby to everything during prime cold/flu season. DD was
sick on/around Thanksgiving, Christmas (croup ER visit), her first
b-day in Jan, family vacation in March, family vacation II, Memorial Day
weekend (croup hospital overnight), etc.
DD will be 22 months or so when/if we pull her. If you've gone through this, how did your child react? Did he/she seem to miss "school?" Was it a problem? Or was it a smooth transition?
We MIGHT put both kids back into daycare in March/April, but we are really leaning towards going the nanny route for a year. These decisions are so hard.