A. I don't have a choice, but to offer up my child to some complete stranger for rearing... (Yes, I am bitter - but it is expensive to live where we live & the offer of moving to NY did not sound any better.)
B. I am not interested in "in home" care. (I don't trust the system that checks on those providers.)
C. I signed up to be on the list for the work site child care centers - the odds are against us on getting into those centers. Husbands work option does not do infants.
D. I went to the non-work sponsored child care site that is within walking distance of my office - 12 infants waiting for 1 spot that will be opening in September - the odds are once again stacked against us.
E. Went to a child care center that is not very convenient to get to, but is not horribly out of the way entirely either. (Husband could not get there on his bus route.) They seemed optomistic about having an opeing in February. They were not very open to the cloth diaper plan & their fee includes linens that they wash & snacks (two things that I am not completely thrilled with for personal/weird reasons.)
F. Went to a child care center that is more convenient especially for the husband - he could drop off the infant in the morning, as the center is at a bus stop. They do not provide linens or snacks - both are o.k. in my book. They are open to cloth diapers. They all but guaranteed (in writing) a spot in February...
G. Did not visit the closest child care center... (Over load - they are all similar - based on regulations & You can't in reality choose based upon the employees.)
H. Did not look further although there are other options out there.
So hubby should be dropping off a deposit check to option F today.
& for grins & whistles, any guesses on the going rate for full time infant (6 weeks old to 14 months - 3 infants to 1 caretaker ratio) care per week? (Think of buying a small car or paying tuition to modestly priced university. The MIL is in disbelief about this one too. I can admit that I was shocked to hear the number myself, but they are caring for my child - paying wages, rents, etc.)