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It’s crazy that as I type this, it’s now after lunch on the East Coast, whereas here, it’s knocking on 9:30. I swear, the time difference is still taking some getting used to. I planned to write this yesterday, but seeing as how it was my birthday and we spent most of the day relaxing and watching movies (The Lincoln Lawyer= fabulous film. Go watch it!), I just didn’t get around to writing anything.
Little Man woke up with a fever and a runny/stuffy nose again this morning. He seems to be feeling okay, he just can’t really breathe. Poor kid. Maybe all of the sunshine and outdoors this weekend brought it on. Oh well. It was totally worth it. I think he would agree.
He’s getting ready to possibly start preschool August 12 or so. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it. I love the idea of the social interaction he’ll get, and the all around benefits of social schooling and playtime.
I’m still hesitant as to whether or not we are ready to fork over that kind of money to pay for Child Care when I’m still at home. Granted, I’m trying to work from home, and him being in school would make it a lot easier to work…but part of me is still conflicted as to whether or not I just need to revamp my schedule and my work time to do it all.
Isn’t that how it usually goes for us moms?
We feel guilty when we don’t do one thing, and then feel guilty when we do something else?
If he doesn’t go to daycare/preschool, then I’m afraid I’ll feel like we are short changing him on the social scale and gipping him of something he will need later on. And it makes me feel and sound like I’m being selfish for not wanting to let him go. (Because, yes the more I think about it, the more I am willing to acknowledge the fact that I don’t think anyone will ever take as good of care of him as I will.)
But if he does go to daycare/preschool, am I shortchanging myself? Am I shortchanging him of time at home with mom? It’s not like he never interacts with other kids. We associate with kids his age very often. And he does great in social settings. Plus, does it financially make sense for us to go out on a whim and anticipate that extra income from me? Will it be worth it? Will I even be generating enough to constitute the money spent on childcare?
It’s a lot to think about.
And now that the time is upon us, it’s giving me MORE to think about.
Plus, they don’t offer part time care. He’d be going 5 days a week. Granted, we could choose the hours he goes, it’s still a 5 day a week program.
Just another something to occupy my thoughts and roll around in my head.
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