Friday, March 28, 2014

streaming...part 2

- I will give you the short version first.

- Something significant happened this Monday -- the kids started daycare! The adjustment has been…well, an adjustment…but slowly but surely we will get use to the new routine.

- Now for the long version.

- Luke’s mom, who was the kids' primary caretaker, hasn’t been feeling well. I won’t go into details since she’s still undergoing tests, but it all comes down to the fact that she couldn’t take care of the kids anymore. Or rather, we SHOULDN’T be asking her to take care of the kids anymore. She had been doing us a favor for the last 3.5 years, but it was time for us to grow up and seek other options.

- We considered au pair and nanny options, but we were running against time and needed childcare ASAP. So last Wednesday, on 3/19, we visited two in-home daycares around the neighborhood. Luckily, we ended up really liking one of them because “ASAP” turned out to be sooner than we expected. Luke’s mom stopped coming over on Friday, 3/21, so I took that day off to stay home with the kids, but they officially started daycare this Monday, 3/24.

- As for the other in-home daycare we visited? It was horrible. Dark. Small. Dirty. Smelly. I would quit my job to stay home with the kids before sending them there.

- So all in all, we were really lucky to find one that we like and trust so quickly. And it's a two-minute drive from home. I am less than enthused about our new childcare expense, though.

- There was one issue left. I still want to keep Anna at her half-day preschool but Luke and I couldn’t consistently pick her up at noon and take her to daycare in the middle of a workday. So we’ve enlisted my dad’s help and so far making it work.

- So now our routine looks like this – if Luke is around, he takes Will to daycare around 8:30am, then Anna to school at 8:45am. Then my dad picks up Anna at school and drops her off at daycare. I pick the kids up on the way home from work, between 4:30 to 4:45pm. If Luke isn’t around, then I have to do the drop offs in the morning, which means I arrive to work later and stay later. My dad helps out with Anna regardless. I think I will always do the pick up.

- You won't believe what difference it makes in terms of business now that we have kids outside of home! When I get home from work and daycare, I unload and start on dinner immediately. Pizza night will be, without a doubt, more frequent. We eat around 5:15pm and clean up by 6pm. Then we only have one precious hour of family time before bath.

- As for how the kids are doing…they are doing fine. Both still need to work on the eating department, but napping is progressively getting better. Will is a little bit whining in the mornings when it’s time to leave the house, but considering that Anna cried the entire first year of preschool, I am not a bit worried.

- So that’s what’s been going on around here.

- PS: This was also my first full week back at work (actually, to be accurate, last week was, but Monday was a snow day and Friday I stayed home with the kids as mentioned). Impeccable timing, right? Happy Friday indeed.

8 comments:

  1. All the while, our fridge crapped out too. Which we had to replace with something that has relegated all of our magnets to the trashbin. What a bummer, but we have safe food again.

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  2. Whew! Sounds like a weekend of change.

    I hope Luke's mother gets all better and soonest.

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  3. Oh changes changes changes! I think most of us have been there. I know I have! We are transitioning into a new au pair this week. Really really really hoping she stays the full year.

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    1. oooooh, good luck! hope she's your new Mary Poppins.

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  4. Joyce - For the burner, I learned one method online that works really well and it does not require scrubbing at all. Try it and you would be really surprise. Use a plastic bag/tub that's big enough to hold your burner and can be seal. Then pour 1-2 cup of ammonia in there and leave it overnight. All you have to do next day is to rinse it. I believe it's the fume from the ammonia that's doing the work. I do not feel comfortable to leave the bag with ammonia inside the house so I generally leave it in the garage over night.

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    1. oh thanks for the tip. I will have to try that next time. I do have ammonia at home too.

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  5. Glad you were able to find a nice day care so quickly! It can be challenging to manage child care when both parents work. I have been trying to figure out child care options for this summer, and there really is a lot of variation in day care centers!

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    1. I keep on thinking that things will get easier once the kids get to elementary school, but it really doesn't since I will still have summers to worry about. Good luck with your search!

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