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6/22/11 11:13 A

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I managed to find a sitter. It was just Amelia and the sitter's 2 yr old. It was great. It is nerve wracking to find someone to care for your child but when you know you've found the right one, it is terrific.

I found being a working mom to be great at first b/c she slept better at night during the earlier days and she was so darned fussy, I was happy to get a break. Now I'm unemployed, she's older (and way more fun, in my opinion) and I love being home w/ her. I just worry about the money aspect. The rush in the morning when I was working was ridiculous and when she would wake every hr at night, or I'd have to call off sick b/c she had a cold AGAIN, or when I had to make other arrangements b/c the sitter's kid was sick-- blech. I don't miss it. At least if you had daycare though you wouldn't have to worry about your sitter being sick.

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Daycare Resources and More

Well- Baby Exams standards: Centers for Disease COntrol's Developmental Milestones website http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.h
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you can enter your childs age and have a checklist of age approroate miles stones pop up which you can fill out and print for your next well baby appointment

Daycare and childcare sources online

Go to newparent.com/childcare for a complist list of suggest questions to ask caregiver

childcareaware.org
One this websire you can tyupe in your zip code and search window to pinpoint the closest child care resource and referral agency and they have a free online tool to determine yoru child care budget

nrckids.org
national resource center for health and safety in child care

nafcc.org
national family cae association
get the scoop on family child care in your area

nanny.org
international nanynanny placement agencces

aupairinamerica.com or interexchange.org
learn more about being a host family where they care for your child

USSearch.com or Backgroundchecks.com
for $50 to $100 you can look up criminal history, valid drivers license and more.





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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; its in all of us."


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5/18/11 9:35 A

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hey- i just found some huge resources online about this from a magazine i have been reading. Will be sending that to you guys soon.

-Drezzie


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; its in all of us."


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5/11/11 7:29 A

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Amy - I'm with you. For the most part my job is 8-5, but there are times that I have to work later, work weekends, and I travel about 40-45 days a year where I'm gone overnight (mostly in Sept-Oct and April). But I just couldn't be a stay at home mom - I'm not cut out for it.

Good luck with labor/delivery!

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AMYABLE97's Photo AMYABLE97 Posts: 554
5/10/11 12:56 P

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Thanks for those great options Drezzie! I need to get my butt in gear and figure out which way to go, because this little guy will be here tomorrow!

And yes Hillary I'm a little freaked out about if I can handle working and being a good mom. I love my job and really don't want to give it up. I would like my son to know that part of his mom. But this job has such unpredictable hours; I get home late a lot. I don't want to neglect my baby either. I'm hoping there will be a good balance that emerges once we get used to our new life.

I'm starting to understand why parents get gray hair so easily!

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5/9/11 8:32 A

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hey Angie,

there has been a good amount of talk about this on the question of the day. check out i think the last 15 post. i cant remember which one but there were some daycare conversations.

i have been doing tons of research on this as you know i am a working mom and going back to work is something i am will look foward to doing. being a working mother to me is a good role model for my kids and i wouldnt want to have it any other way. so with that say, we first started looking at child daycare associations, nonprofits that get paid to monitor and regulate, have pairing services, etc of all daycares in the city. you might want to start with an agency like that. there was even an application form we did at one of these agencys there they find what matches our needs as a free service.

i also worked out a part time work schedule at work NOW. Yes, I already had the converstaion. I will be staying at home once a week after my maternity home. I will work 4 days a week. hubby can do the same thing for ONLY his fall schedule so we are only looking for care 3 days a week. problem with this is that most places are contracted and want to maximize your time in care.

look at daycares that have a philosphy about their child care. like birthing classes and parent classes ar based off books like the no cry solution.

nanny-sharing - the big buzz. there are whole websites in different states that offer this type of hook up as a good. google it. basically finding a family you perfectly match with and you all share the expenses of a nanny so you are not paying a bundle for such intimate care and its more flexibel. we are looking into that as well. there are not any websites dedicated to nanny sharing here but what do i expect in missouri.



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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; its in all of us."


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5/9/11 7:34 A

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AMYABLE - I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with a commute....is the thought of working, commuting and being a mom totally freaking you out?!?! You're right that it's hard to find in-home daycare that stay open late...which I guess makes sense because that makes for a long work day for the daycare provider. Good luck finding something...it's hard to know what daycare to choose...

Love,
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5/8/11 3:54 P

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I get 3 months maternity leave, and then I was planning on putting the LO in a home daycare, thinking maybe he would get more attention that way, and there would be less kids, with less germs around. The one thing I worry about with the home daycares is that all the ones I can find so far close at 5:30 and I rarely get off work by 5:30 (plus an hour long commute home). My husband says he can pick up the LO by that time, but there are days when he has to work late too. Daycare centers seem to stay open until 6:30, which would ease my mind a little about making sure there is always someone to pick him up. But I haven't found and committed to a person or place yet, so not sure which I will end up with.

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5/8/11 8:00 A

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We're doing an in-home daycare when I first go back to work...she lives close by and seems really nice. I figure for a little one, all they need is love and attention. We're on a waiting list to get into a daycare center affiliated with our public school system. I'd really like him in that in the next year if possible (I'm hoping by the fall) because I feel like they offer a little more structure for the older ones and they're very organized (which I like). Plus, oddly enough, they're cheaper. Usually, though, in-home daycares are cheaper.

We have an added challenge of working in 2 different cities, so we're trying to find a daycare really close to our house (which is more or less in between our cities) so that we can both access daycare if need be.

Love,
Hillary



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5/7/11 7:10 P

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For those moms who work outside the house, what are you doing or planning on doing for daycare?

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