Thursday, March 09, 2006


I took the day off from work yesterday to go to the dentist, have bloodwork done and go look at a couple of daycares. Yes, the dreaded D-word. My mom has been watching C-Man since I went back to work, but that will soon be over. I didn't want to send him off to daycare at the tender age of three months, so my mom graciously offered to watch him until the tender age of six months. Since he will be six months old on March 27th, I need to find a place pronto.

I know that I'm a procrastinator, but for once, I managed to start something early. In January I started looking at places, but I still have not decided. The main problem is that most places that are nice have waiting lists, the ones that don't are either crappy or too expensive. I lost count how many places I've looked at already (at least 10). I've narrowed it down to two:

Place A has a really wonderful caretaker, but it's not on my way to work, and it's majorly expensive ($780+ per month), and the lady is already watching four babies so they would have to hire another lady (but in the meantime she will be watching 5 kids and that's a no-no), but the lady is soooo nice.

Place B is somewhat on my way to work, affordable ($570/month), but I don't recall whether the lady was nice or not.

Both places will provide all food and formula at no extra cost.

I was leaning towards place A (cause the lady is sooo nice), but the more I think about it, I lean more towards place B. I have to go to place B one more time and check out the caretaker again to refresh my memory. I'll be making the decision sometime this week or next (did I mention that the lady was nice?).

Unfortunately no place will ever be 'good enough', but it's a necessary evil in this day and age.


Blogger Emmakirst said...

Good luck finding a daycare. I dread the thoughts when I go back to work.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Meredith said...

I totally understand, I too am in the throes of daycare finding for my son (now 13 months). Over the past 3 months I have been to about 6.

If I could offer up my 2 cents here - ask the caretakers if you can bring your son in for 2-3 hours. be there but hang back and see how she treats him and the other kids. This will be indicative of what will go on when you are not around.

I did this with 2 and the place I thought would be so awesome turned out to be the worst. They just let LM cry and cry and cry and did not even try to pick him up. The caretaker who seemed so nice during the interview showed little warmth.

If you can, take a couple of partial days from work to do this - it will make a big difference!

1:15 PM  

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