It’s that time again…time to have some real talk about motherhood. I’m joining in with several other mamas to talk about an often stressful topic: choosing childcare. It’s never easy to find someone you trust enough to watch your child, but it’s essential for all of us at one point or another, especially when you work. Since I work for myself, I’ve had more flexibility than most, but a consistent childcare solution has been essential as I’ve launched and started to grow my business.
Jack was a baby who never took a bottle (we tried so hard!!), which made any kind of childcare impossible for much of the first year. My work when he was really little wasn’t too taxing so I wasn’t in need of help right away. He was a great sleeper, which meant I could really get a lot done while he napped, and I didn’t start looking for regular help (other than monitor-watching for date nights) until he was about 15 months.
At that point, we got incredibly lucky. Our neighbors told us their 19-year-old cousin was moving in with them to go to school nearby and that she was looking for babysitting/nanny jobs. I immediately asked to meet her, loved her, and she’s been Jack’s nanny since then! If you read this post, you also know that over time she has also become my first intern, so our family is now incredibly dependent on her for pretty much everything!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and she’s heading to Arizona to finish up her degree at ASU, which means we are going to be missing her like crazy. Once she broke the news to me, I registered Jack in a nearby school with a 2 ½ to 3-year-old program and he’ll start going there two days a week this summer.
While it’s really hard to beat having a nanny who comes over to my house and plays with Jack all day while I work upstairs, I also think the timing is pretty great and that Jack is really ready to start school. He knows that some of his friends already go to school and will ask me all the time when he gets to go. It’s adorable, and it makes me feel better about the upcoming childcare change. We have several friends whose kids attend the same school, too, and I love knowing Jack will get to play with some of the little buddies he already knows well.
All in all, it’s been a pretty ideal situation and I feel so lucky with how everything worked out. I have no idea what we would’ve done had Sydney not moved into town and solved all of our problems!
What about you? How did you find your childcare situation? Is there anything you’d do differently if you could?