So, because I didn't have 2 or 3 back ups for this and that and no family members to rely on, I inevitably turned to a daycare center that would be staffed and open regardless. My usual routine at pick up time was that I would take him with extended arms and place him right into his car seat. I wouldn't cuddle with him until after he had his bath and that happened immediately upon arriving home. Whatever blanket went to daycare didn't go in his crib with him at night. I had daycare stuff just for daycare and I was careful to keep things separate. I just felt like I was on constant alert. I still feel that way, but with a different kiddo:) He had the synagis shots too and those seemed to keep him healthy. You can still get a flu shot too if you're feeling overwhelmed. You'll wash your hands, sanitize, and maybe you even open doors with a hand covered sleeve like me, but colds can still happen. Just prep and stay stocked with all of your favorites, so that you can all feel more comfy in the event some sniffles come your way. Deep breath and be sure to ask for extra details about her day if you have concerns.
Hugs and let us know how it goes,
Congrats on the NICU graduation! Yes, I think everyone here can agree with those intense feelings. Sickness and germs are everywhere and we know what they can do to little systems. Our first son spent 3 weeks in the NICU and so when he was able to be discharged, I had 10 weeks of maternity left. I had enough sick days to add an extra week, but agonized during most of my time over daycare. In the next year and a half and as my teaching job changed sites, he was in two different home daycare environments. With bedrest, hospitalization, an early delivery, and NICU experience, I definitely could have used a reliable daycare provider. I soon realized that they were hard to find.