The April Child Care Issue is Out

Four years ago I was walking out my back door for an OB/GYN appointment when my water broke. It was nearly a month before my due date, and I remember feeling excited and terrified all at the same time. Our birth story isn’t an easy one. After 24 hours of no progress, I had an emergency C-section and then developed preeclampsia. We were in the hospital for a week. It was honestly one of the scariest times of my life.

Then came the time to find a daycare. We had several requirements. Among them: the facility had to stay open late enough to accommodate my work schedule at the time, there had to be a low teacher-student ratio, and there had to be accountability. We visited at least a dozen places, all recommended by friends and coworkers, before we found our perfect match, and that barely scratched the surface of the number of daycares out there.

Finding the right people to look after your child can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. This month, we’ve put together a Child Care Directory listing all of the daycares in the Wiregrass area. Our feature article, Choosing A Quality Daycare, will hopefully help take some of the uncertainty out of the process for you.

Watching Alexis grow and develop has been so rewarding, but I’d be lying if I said it was always easy. Although I try to be proactive about my mental health, there are some days (or weeks) that I’m so tired I can barely function. This month’s other feature article, More Energy for Mama! Simple Ways To Up Your Beat, is full of great advice for recharging. I’m lucky to have a network of people around me who know when I need a break, sometimes even before I do. Whether it’s staying in bed an extra hour on the weekends, taking a long bubble bath after dinner, or spending a few days away, I always return feeling refreshed and more like myself.

April is a great month in the Wiregrass. There are so many reasons to get out of the house. Not only are we in that little sweet spot of not-too-hot and not-too-cold temperatures, but what I like to call ‘spring festival season’ is well underway. This month’s calendar is full of Easter egg hunts, festivals, shows and more.

One thing you won’t find in the magazine’s calendar, but is the most important item on mine, is Alexis’s fourth birthday. We’re celebrating with family and some of her friends from school with a princess party at a local playground. The last four years has passed so quickly. I’ve watched my baby turn into a little girl who loves eating Mexican food, has a vivid imagination, and can’t get her fill of being outside. She’ll be starting PreK this fall and be graduating high school before I know it.

So while I’m making the most of my time with my little family, I hope you’ll find the time to do the same this Spring and every season after.


Ashton Wright