Daycare Dilemas

by Heligirl on March 12, 2010

in Daily Ramblings

Nothing beats the harsh ringing of the phone at 5 a.m. and the bad news a call at that hour brings to throw your whole day into chaos before you’re even half awake, let alone out of bed. Such was this morning.

The call was from Sweetness’ home daycare center. The owner was sick and that meant it was closed. My Hubby had an important work item involving a certain speed skater with more winter metals than God, so he certainly couldn’t stay home. No, the kids aren’t as important as Apolo. Well, actually, I guess in fairness, Hubby’s job is required to keep the kids in the style in which they’ve become accustomed (fed and clothed), so we’ll let Apolo have hubby today. That’s just how kind we are. Not expecting any thank you notes from the sexy skater.

I’m down to 12 hours of PTO and not completely off my male bosses’ concern list for taking time off for kid things. Or at least I perceive it that way. What the heck do we do?

We scrambled, getting my poor lame poochie cared for and all the other morning routine things before I start risking phone calls. Hubby can go in two hours late since Apolo will have him later, so we get some time.

I decided at 6:45 am that I might be able to reach my nanny I have on Mondays and Tuesdays to see if she can handle one more child for the day. I left her a message and called my pal who has the nanny today to see if she is OK with one more child in her home. Alas, her child is sick. The nanny will be at a different home today with only one child. And that home is a few blocks from mine. (A little background – before my pal and I each had a second child, we shared this nanny, later inviting a third family to include their boy. After my son and my friend’s daughter arrived, we had to do some shifting to keep the daily kid count for the nanny to three. Now the other two families have the nanny three days, and I have her two. Sweetness misses her old buddies.) So I call the third person in our nanny share and she’s thrilled Sweetness and her boy can play together today. Score!

By that time, I was late. I quickly made up Sweetness’s meals for the day, packed them, packed her a bag and kissed everyone goodbye. I asked Hubby to kiss Apolo for me, but I fear he may not follow through.

I raced to drop off my son with the friend who watches him on Thursdays and Fridays (yes, childcare is such a crazy thing) and make it to work just in time for my first meeting. The rest of the day was just as fast and furious and I forgot to grab my lunch on the way out the door, which is about right.

I am lucky to have great places and variety for the kids when it comes to childcare. Monday and Tuesday they’re at home together with a great nanny. Thursday and Friday Mr. Man gets to be with a buddy his age and his mom while Sweetness gets to be with 8 other kids to work on her social skills, independence and immune system. While the juggling can be crazy, at least the situation lends itself to options. My nanny is usually willing to take an extra child in a pinch, saving me to ask for time off only as a last resort.

Thank God it’s Friday.


Sarah March 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

You know, I would happily watch either (or both!) of them in a pinch, and even come pick them up. I know it’s not convenient, but it’s better than taking the time and risking your job!

Heligirl March 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Oh Sarah, you’re such a wonderful angel. Thanks so very much. Be careful what you wish for my dear. Hope I never have to call at 6 a.m. GULP!!

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