He's suggested that he take care of the kid at home. He's sure it will work since a lot of his work can be done in off-hours and for the stuff that requires travel or scheduled conference calls, I can either take some time off or his mom could babysit for an hour or two.
What worries me about this is that he might find it too stressful and just freak the fuck out. He disagrees. He's actually done way more kid taking care of in his life than I have so I'll have to trust him on this.
Just to have a back up plan I looked into local day cares to see what's what.
- The subsidized day cares have big waiting lists but the private ones do not.
- They run from $130-$200 per week.
- They take children starting from 6 months to a year up until school age (5).
- The cost seems to include lunch and snacks.
- All the ones I've seen seem to stipulate that the care giver gets x number of days off for which I would still be paying but would have to make alternate care arrangements.
- Many of them have immediate availability which means that I won't have to worry about waiting lists.
- Many of the care givers have training in early childhood education
- I plan on raising a vegetarian until they can decide for themselves if they want to eat meat.
In addition to this I plan on feeding them only home made foods and I worry that include meals would be hot dogs and Kraft Dinner
- I don't like the idea of paying for a week of vacation and possibly having to pay someone else for day care at the same time. I also don't like that the other alternative is that I take my vacation at the same time they do. I want to be free to choose my own vacation time I want to pay for the services I receive, no more, no less.
- I plan on using cloth diapers but I have heard of some day cares not using them and the parents being forced to switch
With all that said, we'll just have to wait and see and try stuff and hope for the best.
Crossposted to perfect_parent
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