As a working parent, you will definitely at some point have the discussion about child care or at least think about it..
We've been really lucky and blessed in our journey to parenthood. My mom and grandma live less than 5 miles away from us. For the first 14 months of T-man's life, he was in the care of a family member and that was superb. I stayed at home with him for 4 sweet months. When I went back to work, my mom and grandma alternated days watching him full time.
I believed that a year was a good time for him to go to daycare and socialize and also give a break to my mom and grandma. So in September, 14 months young, T-man started daycare. It was a great location, only 10 min walking distance from my office. I was able to have lunch with him almost everyday and usually stayed with him through breakfast. This sounded like such a great idea.
Within a couple of weeks of starting daycare, T-man started getting sick and I swear he has been sick on and off since then. I love the daycare and I do believe that he is learning a lot but I am not sure if it's worth the sickness. I know he is building his immune system but I am sure he could have waited another year to do that. I almost considered taking him out of daycare and back at home with my mom and grandma, he was doing so well when he was at home with them.
Well T-man is back in daycare after staying at home for 3 weeks with his grandma. I am so nervous, because I know he will be sick soon. I am so not looking forward to that.
My next baby is staying at home for at least 2 years before we consider daycare. I am lucky enough to have a great support system, I intend to take full advantage of it the next time around.
What have you done about daycare? What do you plan to do?
And because any post would not be complete without a picture, I leave you with pics of T-man discovering an Ipad for the first time :). It was a riot. He actually says Ipad now :)