Daycare, daycare, daycare
Ugh. I hate daycare. In my opinion it is the most stressful part of parenting. More than anything, I would love to stay home full-time with my babies. Not because I don't like my job, but because I know these years are going to pass so quickly, and I want to experience every possible moment together. Getting a full year of maternity leave is absolutely amazing, but in just over three months it will end for me, and I'll be going back to the office.
I think about daycare all of the time. I've been on waiting lists since I was pregnant with Soren, and still have gotten very few calls alerting me of a possible space. Of the spaces offered, not all are a good fit for our family. Prices range from $20 per day to $70 per day. I feel pretty well-versed in the subject of childcare, as we've experienced a variety of options, including two home daycares, a public centre daycare, and lastly hiring a nanny.
This time around I believe we will have Soren in a centre daycare, while Poppy goes to a private home daycare. I like the intimate setting of a home daycare, especially for babies under two. They don't need a preschool setting - they just need someone they can bond with and a cozy play space that feels like home. At this point we have a lead on a daycare that I will hopefully hear about by the end of the month. If it falls through I'll be back to the drawing board - i.e. scouring kijiji ads.
We had some great luck a couple days ago and received a call from our local YMCA daycare. After a thorough visit with the director, we were offered a part-time spot for Soren that begins in July. I don't technically need childcare until October, yet the possibility of another spot opening up is very small, so we've made the decision to start paying for the spot immediately which will hold our place until the fall. I will likely send him when I can, as his preschool ends this week and it will be nice for him to get used to it on a casual basis. The kids go swimming and play outside every day, and the centre was recently renovated so it is bright and open. If we decide that we want a full-time spot, we will move to the top of the waiting list. I am crossing my fingers that we all like it!
A couple months back I wrote about my daycare experiences over on Wifessionals blog. I'm trying hard to focus on the now, and enjoy every day I have at home with my babes. While I'm certain that the next few months will go by quickly, I have to stop this 'countdown' that's going on in my head. It's been keeping me up at night all week, which just turns me into a miserable tired mess during the days. We have an entire summer stretching ahead of us, and I want to enjoy every second of it.