First, thanks to all of you who have helped in countless ways. I learned a lot from you, but most of all, never to give up and never to compromise!
And you know what? We didn't have to compromise at all! We found an amazing in-home day care center that fits our budget and meets our standards. Didn't think that was possible? Neither did I for a while!
Here are the things I love about the daycare we've found:
-The home has a finished basement of two full rooms and a bathroom for the day care. One room is painted blue, the other is painted orange! I love it! It's so bright and cheerful!
-There is a fenced in yard with a play set, sand box, tricycles, etc., with outside time built into the schedule twice a day!
-The area is very family friendly, better air quality than we have at our house and you can actually hear birds. Birds people!
-The owner/provider is a lovely Filipino woman named Ms. Vicky. Instantly, I felt very comfortable with her. She's kind, laid-back and very welcoming. She took to T right away and T liked her too. Yay!
-There is some "curriculum", letters numbers, shapes, etc. and circle time everyday, but there is a lot of freedom for personal exploration too.
-The other two little girls there are only a bit older than T (by a couple of months) and they were so excited to play with her right away and were so sweet!
(as a side note, one thing I do like about living here is that T is introduced to people of different races, backgrounds, religions, etc. One girl at the daycare is Indian, the other is African-American. Plus, T will get to eat and try new Filipino foods! Woohoo for diversity!)
-The commute is only 10-15 minutes from our house, though I still need to find the closest Dunkin Donuts!
-Did I mention this all fits in our budget? : )
I really couldn't be happier that we get to bring Miss T here everyday. I'm actually excited for her, for all the things she'll learn, the opportunities to make friends and socialize, to learn how to play and be in a new environment. I think this will be so good for T and for all of us! I know B is happy too. He has very strong feelings against daycare, but has always recognized my need to work. After visiting yesterday, he told me on 4 separate occasions "Good job, Baby." That's all I needed to hear!
And now, because I can't leave you without a little bit of sunshine for your day:
Miss T is really enjoying the front camera on my new iPhone. We love to take silly pictures together!
BTW, I'm linking up to Emily's Embrace the Camera Day. I can't waste these sillies, can I? Go check out other momma's embracing the camera today here!