Monday, March 09, 2009

This Parenting Thing

Have you noticed, you who have children, that this parenting thing is um, kind of non-stop? As Exhibit A, I give you this:

Dear [name redacted],

I would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter. I spoke with [AM childcare person] this morning, and wanted to follow up with an email. When I picked Cily up at around 5:00 on Friday, her chart indicated that she had not eaten anything since 12:10. You may remember I asked you about it, and you said perhaps she was fed and no one recorded it. When I dropped her off that morning, I left her with three 4 oz. bottles. One was completely full when I picked her up – consistent with her not having been fed.

Cily does not always cry when she is hungry. I noticed she was sucking on her fingers loudly in the car on the way home. When I fed her, she drained the bottle (4 oz.) and wanted more. I then changed her and noticed her diaper was really heavy.

Looking back at the chart, it looks like she was asleep from 12-ish until 3:30 or so. In the time between her waking up and my arrival, she did not have her diaper changed and was not fed. This is the second time since January (when Cily started at [daycare]) that I have arrived to discover Cily hasn’t been fed for several hours. This is absolutely not acceptable.

Cily should get a diaper change within five (at most ten) minutes of waking up, and should be fed every three hours if possible. She shouldn’t go five hours without eating anything, even if she is not crying. If this is not feasible, please let me know.

It’s difficult to leave my child in someone else’s care. It’s really upsetting to be paying a premium for care and feel she is not being attended to.

Yours truly,
Lisa Blah Blah

I think it speaks for itself. Will let you know what response I get at pickup today.


bridget in oregon said...

OMG. ¥ou go, girl. Give 'em hell because clearly they deserve it.

I once had a sitter take my girls out in the snow with only socks on their feet because she couldn't find their shoes. What part of that sounds like a good idea? She was an intelligent girl doing well in college. Huh? Good thing we didn't still live in Minnesota.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Oh, hell to the no. I would want to smack her. I hope your girls didn't get sick!

Cee in SF said...

How awful! I'll go down there and kick some butt, if need be.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

cee: Come on down! Sounds like you need a break from work and wedding planning anyway. :-)