My baby starts daycare this morning. I have been trying to get him excited about going to school! He will be visiting for one hour this morning, two hours tomorrow morning and three hours the following morning. The week after that, assuming all goes well, he will go for four 5-hour mornings.
Up until now, my father-in-law has been watching him while I’ve worked which has worked out fine. I had originally planned to split the childcare between ‘Grandpa’ and another provider but Grandpa had convinced me to wait at least until the Fall since his own young children would be home for the summer and he didn’t mind having the baby for the whole time. Grandpa will be going away for most of next week though so the need to find another option made me revisit the daycare idea.
I’ve found a Montessori daycare close to my work that will take him for either 3, 6 hour days or 4, 5 hour days. They are very flexible and it costs $544/ month. This is actually less than I had expected! My father-in-law will still take him for the other one or two days.
I am quite relieved to be putting him in daycare as this gives me a second option rather than just the one (Grandpa) that I’ve had so far. I found it quite stressful not to have a backup and it left me scrambling a couple of times and lead to a couple of arguments around our home because I am expected to take time off if I can’t find baby-sitting and I wish my husband would help out in those cases.
The free aspect of the family provided child-care is what kept me from going the daycare route earlier. Even that though made me uneasy. We had asked if we should pay them but got different answers from my husband’s parents. Mother-in-law wanted us to pay them so she could use the money to buy a whole-life policy for my son and father-in-law said no, at least for now. In the end, the insurance policy idea seemed weird to me and I decided that since we are housing their son (brother-in-law) free of charge at the moment that we were essentially just trading favours.
Hopefully things go well and our son adjusts well, or we’ll be back at square one. I really feel that the extra opportunities to work and the stress relief daycare will provide are well worth the extra monthly bill!