Trust things happen for a reason
In Canada you get 1 year of maternity leave, In Mexico you get only 84 days.
Children of working moms go to daycare at a very young age, daycares in Mexico are pretty good and affordable. Children of working moms in Canada go to daycare when their 1 year mat leave has expired. Regardless of the amount of time spent with the baby, it’s so hard to part ways and know that you will not be together 24/7 and finding childcare is a hard task.
When time came for me to choose a childcare, I knew I preferred a dayhome since I like smaller environments. I started visiting different dayhomes and interviewing the care givers and I realized the process was not going to be easy. After meeting with 5 different people, I thought we found the right caregiver for Camila. She started attending dayhome before I even had a job which made the transition easier since I was able to drop her off only a couple hours a day.
On day 3, the caregiver called me just a couple hours after I had dropped her off and told me Camila fell and hurt her hip and was crying a lot. When I went back to pick her up, I asked what have had happened and she said that one of the 3 year old girls picked her up and then dropped her… that story didn’t sound right to me and after 4 years still do not believe that’s the way she “fell” but It’s something I will never know. I took Camila to the Dr. because she wasn’t able to stand on her left leg.
Camila was sent for X-Rays and there they confirmed she had a hairline fracture a little above her ankle.
I was sad, angry, disappointed, scared and frustrated but also grateful that Camila was “ok”, she didn’t need a cast because it was a tiny fracture. The fact that the one person that I chose to care for my daughter had let me down made me feel I wasn’t going to find anyone that I trusted to care for my precious baby. Anxiety was creeping in, I just wanted to stay at home and protect her. I felt guilty for using a dayhome that wasn’t registered with a company that kept them accountable for their procedures, but as a first time mom I just wanted a place that felt right, that “vibed” right and that’s what I thought was the best fit for us, the place where she got injured…
After the incident, I got hired for a job and I had to find childcare asap. I thought I was going to have the hardest time trusting anyone to do this but I also know that after the storm calm will come and knew I was going to find someone amazing.
I googled: bilingual, registered dayhome. I read the first option that appeared on my search and messaged the lady. She called me that same day. It was a french canadian lady that have lived in Mexico for 5 years many many years ago, she sounded
so fun and energetic on the phone. Luis and I met her next day and we were blown away immediately. It felt so so so right and so different from the first dayhome. We spoke for an hour and we didn’t even have to go home and discuss weather or not we wanted her to care for Camila, she was the one!!! I guess you just know and we were right! Nathalie is an angel in our lives, she took our daughter like it was hers, her integrity is impeccable, she is fun, careful, professional with the biggest heart in the world. I took this photo when I visited her this week because although my children don’t attend her dayhome anymore, we became friends and we still visit her often.
Sometimes bad or hard things have to happen in order to understand that something better is yet to come.
We love you Nathalie and feel grateful to have you in our lives.
P.S. no I never sued the other lady… and she kept half of the month’s payment.
I am Aliser, art lover and owner of Smallprint. I create custom silver pieces & host quarterly tea parties to celebrate mothers and daugthers in communities across Alberta. Reach out if you'd like to host one.