I haven’t written because I’ve been in the midst of a child care quandry. Now that Catherine is gone from daycare, I’ve been more critical of the care she’s receiving. I don’t think that she is getting the interaction (affection, songs, activities, etc.) that she was with Catherine. It bothers me to know my daughter is pretty much on her own when someone isn’t taking care of her basic needs (diaper changes, feedings and naps).
So I looked at a few more daycares this past week. One made me really appreciate my current daycare more. But another was offering what I’m talking about — activities with the babies to stimulate them. It’s more of a free-for-all at Little Miss’s current daycare.
But, the daycare lists in this town are out of control. The other daycare I liked couldn’t get us in for a year.
And then I got a call today from Catherine, who wants to be Little Miss’s full time nanny out of our home.
It really would be ideal. My problem with the arrangement is what if Catherine decides to quit on me? My current daycare has a list 2 years long. I’d really be in a lurch. I’ve communicated this to her, and she guarantees that she’s in for the long haul, but that’s a lot to invest in someone’s word.
I also worry about socialization. I think Little Miss really enjoys the kids at daycare. On one hand, she’d get undivided attention, but will that hamper her social development?
I just don’t know what to do. It’s really all consuming for me, and it is a really big decision. It’s my daughter’s care. What could be more important???
I will be discussing Catherine’s offer with JB tonight, and will let you know what we decide. Sorry the news isn’t more exciting than that.