Today, is the first day my son goes to daycare. I have not been looking forward to this day, but I know it is even worse on my wife. We talked long and hard about what we wanted to do with raising our son and it came to daycare as the most viable option for us as a family. Please don’t lecture me about the advantages/disadvantages of being a stay-at-home mother or choosing daycare, because we have been through all of that.
My wife has been home with our son for 3 months and if she doesn’t go back to work then she will lose her job, one that she loves. I wish we could make it work where she will be able to keep the job she has, but be able to stay home longer. No matter which way we put it together, daycare is our option.
It is so much easier to leave my son at home with his mother. I don’t have to think about it as much, but it is going to be very difficult to leave him at the daycare. It is a great facility with very nice people. Some of my co-workers even use this same daycare, but it is still hard. It is going to take a good amount of time to come up with a new routine.
Along with daycare comes the new expenses to the budget. As most of you know that have children in daycare, it is expensive. This is an area where you don’t want to try to find a better deal or choose the cheapest option. We looked at many options, some out of our price range and some so cheap, I wouldn’t let them watch my dogs. We finally settled on one that we enjoyed from the moment we stepped in. The best part is that it is only 7 minutes away from my office. Now, I need to just get comfortable with the new expenses. I have enjoyed quite a few months where I didn’t owe money on any credit cards, so our down payment fund is going to suffer.
So, as you push through the drudges of Monday, I will be trying to keep my brain busy with work and other things. I know that everything is going to be ok, but it is going to be a difficult adjustment. I will be happy once we get through a few weeks and get on a new schedule. Goodness knows, I need a schedule.
Anyone have any good advice on how to get over this feeling? I am all ears…..
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