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Resolution Update

Since I actually do want to make progress on my resolutions this year, revisiting them seems prudent (and I saw another blog on this, so the onus of originality is erased.)  I originally said that I would revisit quarterly, but more frequent check-ins mean a greater likelihood of doing these things.

  1. Reduce overall monthly expenses by 10%. I didn’t do too badly here.  I was concentrating on reducing my grocery bill by 10% this month (which means keeping my monthly outlay to $405, including diapers and dog food.)  The final total for the month of January was $399.76.  However, some of our spending was taken up by a Costco gift card we got for Christmas.  We didn’t buy too much food with it, but we did buy diapers and dog food.  Also, my mom bought diapers while she was here (she enjoys going to our local grocery store– don’t ask me why!)  Next, we attack the utility bills (gas, electric, water, cable.)
  2. Move forward with our adoption.  Progress was okay on this goal.  We finally got in touch with someone at DCF.  We refiled preliminary paperwork (six months ago, when we originally filed, no one mentioned that it was only good for six months.)  We are now waiting to find out who our case worker will be. Not sure why that part is so difficult.
  3. Make more things from scratch. Not bad, not bad at all. In the last week alone, I’ve made bread, cornbread, chocolate cake, pizza and coffee cake. The real trick will be when I return to work (preliminary date is March 3.)
  4. Landscape. It’s winter.  The best I can do is to clear away the dog “gifts” as the snow melts.  And I have done that.
  5. Reduce our paper towel habit. Getting better!  I’ve put out a basket filled with face cloths and rags and a roll of paper towels.

And I think I found high quality, very affordable child care around the corner from school!  The one catch is that the owner speaks about as much English as I speak Spanish.  Right now, I am trying desperately to confirm the girls’ places and make an appointment to fill out paperwork.  I do better in Spanish in person.  Maybe I will just stop in.

Daycare Dilemma

My kidberts are 2.5 years apart.  M will be eligible for a highly coveted K0 spot in September.  If she gets in, that means we will have two kids in day care for a very limited time.  That limited time will still be, as my husband likes to say, a shyster (did I spell that right?)  If we put Maddie in full time daycare in the fall, that’s another 9-10 months of two in day care.  That’s a HUGE chunk of change.

The spectre of daycare, especially for Charlotte, is giving me agita today.  I know, I know, it’s not like it was a big surprise that I was having another child and that I would have to put that child in day care if I was working and that day care costs money.  But now that I’m faced with the reality of it, OMG, it’s going to cost a lot of money!

Add to that the further complication that I don’t quite have a spot nailed down yet.  I’m scheduled to go back to work in eight weeks.  Ahem, need to get on that. . .

Part of me doesn’t want to go back, for a variety of reasons, some of which are not going to be discussed here, lest I get fired for my thoughts.  But part of me is anxious to return to a venue where I have to be dressed by a certain hour and I’m not a one-woman variety show for two kids under 3.  (Instead, I’ll have to deal with 80+ teenagers each day, but at least I’ll be up and dressed when I do it.)

The daycare is killing me though.  If our mortgage refinance ever goes through, day care will be our largest monthly expense.  That’s absurd. I’m trying to trust that the right solution will present itself, but today it feels like the right solution is an atavan.