Ummmmmm, holy crap, is it expensive to have your kid taken care of. Chris and I are trying to figure out what's going to happen when my maternity leave is over. Ideally, I would be staying home with the little man, but at this point, we don't really think that's a feasible option. So the next option would be having someone else take care of him...either an in home day care, our own full time babysitter, or daycare. I don't know anyone near us for in home day care, so that kind of makes me nervous. We may have a couple options for a babysitter, but then the question is how much to pay them...I really don't know what's fair. Plus, would an infant 5 days a week be too much for someone who isn't his parent? And then there is daycare. OMG, let's talk about that. I called a couple of them to get some ideas of prices....one was $1596 a month...that's like $400 a week (I know, I have mad math skills)!!! Are they going to teach my baby to pee in a toilet and read by 6 months or something? Have his times tables down by a year? Because something fantastic better be happening for that much money. Suffice it to say, that one is sooooo off the list of possibilities. I found a couple others that are more reasonable and have good reviews, but it's still a lot of money. And then we'd still have to have our dog walker come for Daisy (whom I love...Bonnie, do you want to watch Johnny, too?).
Any advice? It's kind of stressing me out. I was totally cool about it before, all, oh yeah, it'll all work out...but now I'm kind of freaking out.