Well, Greg decided that it is getting more and more difficult for him to work while watching Adrianna during the short hours that I am at work. I currently only work 12 hours a week and only about 4 or 5 of those cut into Greg’s work hours per week. On those days, he ends up working really late in order to still put in a full day of work. As such, we had two decisions: I could quit working or we could put Adrianna into some sort of childcare. Neither one seems like a great option for me. We need the little extra bit of income that I am pulling in right now, so quitting doesn’t sound to desirable. It is doubtful that I would find another part-time job that pays as well as the one I have now, which is for the company I have worked at since 2001. Plus, I really enjoy my job and getting out of the house to do something for me is another bonus. The childcare option isn’t what I really wanted either. I have never had anyone other than family watch Adrianna so far, and I know I will worry about her.
After weighing the pros and cons, we decided that we will do the childcare route. We are actually blessed in the fact that we have a caring neighbor who is a great Christian lady who does childcare. We called her up and worked out that she could take care of Adrianna two days a week. The price is right and since she is right across the street, it would be convenient. She is licensed, has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been in the childcare industry since she was 17 and caring for kids at her home since her first son was born 12 years ago. Since it will be a flat rate whether or not Adrianna is there only a couple hours or for up to 6 hours on those two days, I am going to ask my boss if I can work more hours on Mondays and Wednesdays to help make the childcare worth it. I will continue to start work at 6:00 a.m. on those days and Greg will continue to start at 9:00 a.m. That way, Adrianna won’t have to go to childcare until 9:00 and then I will pick her up at around noon. Not too bad. Plus, Jeanette said it would be so flexible in that if I needed to stay late at work or whatever, I could just give her a call and she could watch Adrianna up until 3:00 p.m. if I needed her to. Again, since it is a flat rate, there wouldn’t be an extra charge. Which sounds nice; maybe I could use that extra time to go grocery shopping or do errands without baby in tow. If I can stand being apart from my little angel for that long.
I figure she will only be over there 6-10 hours a week. I know that isn’t bad at all, but the guilt and the worry is still there.