Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Win the lottery and quit working, or....

Jeremy and I visited a daycare in our neighborhood this weekend –Tutor Time. So not an in-home but more of a facility. I’ll admit I’m a little apprehensive of those types of places (Kindercare, New Horizon, etc) due to bad press….but I was thoroughly impressed with this place.

First, their ‘programs’ seem right on track with what I would want: a daily/routine schedule that focuses on development. The infants are kept separate from the toddlers who are kept separate from the ‘older kids’. So the people looking after my baby are only interested in babies – not toddlers or school age kids. They’ll even teach baby sign language – which we definitely want to do at home. Basically, I want to ensure that wherever we drop our kid off for 9-10 hours a day will continue the same routine, values, expectations that we do at home.

Also, just the flexibly of the center is appealing. If someone is sick or needs a vacation, my child isn’t left without a day care provider. That is THEIR problem (hence, why I pay them), not mine (unlike with in-home where I would have to figure out a back up plan/provider).

However, as to be expected it is ridiculously expensive - $285 PER WEEK. So I will be talking to some in-home providers in my area…I have a referral for one that would only be $165 per week. But if I don’t find someone who makes me feel as comfortable as I felt with the Tutor Time program then I’ll figure out a way to make the extra $120 a week to supplement the difference!

And either way, bottom line… I already don’t want to give my baby up to daycare. I can’t imagine how hard it’ll be when I actually have to leave her. Although, I also have to admit that I think the interaction will be good for her. Either way, I'm still going to count on winning the lottery (but I guess I'll have to play it first).

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Who you gonna call?

Well, I've "popped"! Just two weeks ago on New Years Eve my friends said I didn't look preggo - just like I'd had a big lunch and was bloated.

Well, look at me now!

Seperated at birth?

Ha! I kid, I kid! I know I'm pregnant and am supposed to get bigger. I know I'll lose the weight quickly. I just can't help but feel like the Marshmellow Man sometimes! It doesn't have to be a bad thing, right?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Question of the day:

If baby kicks during/after eating something...do you think that means she likes it or doesn't like it?

The past few weeks flew by!

I survived my first sober New Years Eve in 11 years (sorry, Mom). It was fun! I was able to stay up until 3:00am!

I’ve started to ‘pop’. I still don’t look 6 months pregnant according to people at work – but I think I do. I sure feel like it, anyway! Baby T is kicking more. JT felt her once and I feel her a few times a day. It’s still pretty random, but I know I’ve got a long time to go for it to get stronger. I’m also out of breath all the freakin’ time. As Sarah put it, at least it’s because I’m pregnant.

Otherwise, life in the Trafton house is getting back to normal…just with a new, 46” HDTV to plop ourselves in at night. Although, we don’t get to relax as much as it may sound like. I started classes again and JT is back in full gear on the house. He is SO CLOSE to finishing the living room…just some paint needed! Then onto the baby room!

Is it crazy that we don’t have anything really picked out for baby yet? I know people who have their nursery planned and decorated before they even know they are pregnant (okay, exaggeration)…but it just seemed silly to start too soon. There are so many other things to do, and we have plenty of time! right? RIGHT?? How long can it take to buy/set up a crib and hang up some baby clothes? Or am I drastically underestimating the time I’ll need to do this stuff?

At any rate, I know it’ll all get done – so I’m taking my time and making sure there is as little stress as possible!

“Q: Why you breathin’ so hard??” “A:To live!” Wat kind of stupid question is that?