So Joseph has been in dyacare 3 days a week since he was 5 months old - never a problem a drop off - maybe one or two days he was a little sad when I left, but no ibg deal. On Jan 1st we had to switch daycare centers b/c or current one had closed down due to lack of funding. All seemed fine at first but the first week of Feb he had a COMPLETE meltdown at drop off (and this was right before a week long family vacation) I satyed about 20 mins with him to be sure he wasn't sick or something like that - it was aewful for me. Then we had a week of vacation now back into our regular routine and the last 2 weeks of drop offs have been horrible.
He has excellent communication skills so we ask him whay are his anwers are:
1) the kids stink (he means they smell, like the diaper smell b/c they are not all trained yet.
2) Michale hits me (upon further investiagtion he admits to hitting Michael first)
3) I will miss mommy.
We are tending to think the first 2 are just an odd excuse and its more reson #3. Then he is all set for a sleep over at Grandma's this past Friday night and he totally freaked and cried and said he can't go b/c he "lives here in this house with mommy" My mom said he was fine and stopped crying by the time they left my block. But it was heartbreaking for me. But i was happy to learn it wasn't just a daycare issue.
Why would this be happening at 3 years old? All the article i read say children outgrow it by 2.5. Could it be the new baby on the way - he knows its coming we speak of it all the time...and he seems excited for it but maybe not?