Thought: All my pregnant friends on facebook are pregnant one day and then posting pictures of their baby the next. Can’t my baby magically arrive like their’s do?
TO DO: Flip That Bebe
Barry just got home from a prayer meeting and he is pouting. He has this awesome vision of God moving in our area and really wants to put together a group of people that prayer walk for a revival in our city. He networked with a bunch of people and family but no one showed up. He’s pretty bummed about it and so now he is pouty.
Not to mention this has been his week off from all work and instead he has been taking work phone calls, running up to work and answering emails/texts. (Plus all my stuff like running around and doctors appointments. lol)
Tomorrow is his day. I’ve decided. 🙂 So he is going to be lazy, I’m going to grocery shop and that is that. Nothing else planned.
Today we were super busy. We visited 3 day cares to try to get a feel for what’s in our area. My mom helped me come up with some questions and my SIL made some suggestions on things to look for. VERY helpful!
Day Care #1:
PROS: They were nice, showed us their lesson plans and we got to meet the teacher. They are pro-cloth diapering and had flexible rates/part time options.
CONS: smelled kind of weird, which was a red flag. They didn’t take us to any other rooms (kitchen, restroom, or rooms for older kids), and they had a high teacher to kid ratio (1:7).
Day Care #2
PROS: very strong Christian background, family-owned and operated, very clean, showed us how to look up the Texas rating system and showed us their rating, showed every room in the day care, friendly (felt comfortable with them), pro cloth diapering, least expensive, teacher to kid ratio was small (1:4).
CONS: a bit out of the way but not too bad, maybe a little too honest?
Day Care #3
PROS: everything!! This place was wonderful, had high expectations, amazing lesson plans, clean, beautiful, great teacher to kid ratios (1:4), showed us everything, most like a school…cannot say enough wonderful things about this place!!
CONS: so expensive it’s sickening…
After running that marathon, we felt very comfortable with the second day care but were interested in other options. It’s expensive any route you go (averaging from $800-$1,200 a month) and the thought of that was a bit overwhelming.
Part of me wishes I could stay at home with him but it’s just not possible (especially if we would like more kiddos, IVF isn’t cheap!!). Plus I know I will be a better mom because of it! I can work at my awesome job and have a family. 🙂
So the other options? Nanny, at-home day care, friends and family. Awesome. Nannies and *good* at-home day cares are just as expensive if not more than traditional day care. Some making about $15 an hour all the way up to $20-25 an hour.
Family…well, that’s just a lot to ask someone to do. My mom joked that if the day care options weren’t good enough, she wouldn’t allow anyone else to have Eli except her. 😉 And my MIL honestly wants to help with him, so we do have that.
Even more amazing? A good friend is offering to watch him for a small fee! God is so good! So maybe between family and my friend we could work something out.
This is all assuming that I am even going to be ok with giving him up in August LOL watch out, guys!! I see tears in my future for sure!
After that bit of financial anxiety, we dashed over to a pediatrician that came highly recommended from our DS support group. And I can see why! She is wonderful! All-natural, believes in home-birth and the least amount of medical intervention possible. She also gave us her personal cell phone number and email as a means to contact her! She was personable, excited for us and anxious to meet Eli.
The down-side to using her is that she does not like to use hospitals at all unless truly medically necessary AND if she uses a hospital it’s Texas Children’s in the medical center because if it’s bad enough to need a hospital, that’s the only one she trusts. Also, she is currently undergoing chemo and radiation treatments for breast cancer.
So we have one more appointment with another pediatrician and we will go from there. Barry instantly liked this newest one and wants to stop looking. I’d like one more option.
After that (yeah, there’s more- see why Barry is pouty?) we ran across town to meet a new family! I met them through my blog (YAY!) and she invited us into her home to meet her son. I’m SO SO SO glad we went! It really put my mind at ease to meet such a typical family! Her precious son was adorable! When I look at their life, that is how I envision our life. He was just a typical little boy who loved hanging on his mom and playing with his brothers. And hopefully we can continue to network with them and get Barry involved with some other dads. So even though he is pouty now, it’s just because he is tired from me running him around. lol It was all worth it and we got a lot done today.
The rest of the afternoon was spent doing stuff around the house and making ribs for dinner- yumo!
I haven’t had the opportunity to do my 30 week update, so I will leave you with these amazing photos instead! Thank you to my beautiful friend, Laura Hollander, for doing these pictures! I can’t wait to get them printed out!
Eli- we are waiting for you!