So. We were thrown a curve ball yesterday when I received and email from Avery’s Daycare provider. She’s closing. Ugh. At the end of the month(in 2-1/2 weeks). Double Ugh.
Avery’s been at this in-home daycare since he was 3 months old, so that’s almost 7 months. They’ve been wonderful – keeping me informed if Avery’s not himself, and they caught him having thrush a few times, and he even recently ‘graduated’ into another room… so he was crawling around with the toddlers instead of in the nursery area. They even have a Facebook page they posted pictures of him during the day so I see what he’s up to…
Sadly, this means we have to kick our butts in gear and find Avery a new daycare. We lucked out that this one was near my work and was really reasonably priced. So, we’re thinking about looking for another in-home daycare that has the same homey/family feeling near our house and that way maybe we can both do pick-up/drop-off (because I do it most of the time now).
Finding a daycare was especially hard the first time around because we both don’t have roots here. We aren’t from the area and don’t have family/friends here that we’ve known for years. We have some college and work friends scattered around Boston Metro, but that’s about it. So finding a daycare takes lots of ‘googling’ and shots in the dark…. like asking people we meet in the area.
Luckily, a shot in the dark last night while we were enjoying dinner and wine on the deck, I saw my neighbor (she’s super friendly) and walked over to chat. I told her about our situation and after some thinking she made a call and gave me a number and name. Yay! So I’m on a mission today to get ahold of them and see if they have an opening.
If you’ve never looked for childcare before, you don’t know that some places have LONG waiting lists (some are a year long!). Which is why, I started looking at places WHILE I was pregnant. So, finding a place in 2-1/2 weeks is pretty impossible! Well, actually I know of plenty of ‘corporate’ places (chains like Kindercare and Bright Horizons), but they are SOOOO EXPENSIVE! Plus I’d rather have Avery at a smaller more homey place than a ‘facility’.
I’ll keep you posted on the search… I have to go make some phone calls, send some emails, and exert all effort to find something today and maybe setup a meeting/tour with them tomorrow?! Eek! So stressed… because if I don’t find something, Avery has nowhere to go and I’m pretty sure I can’t hide him under my desk at work…