When we had Evie, I went back to work after three months of maternity leave. Fortunately, my husband was home for the summer (yay teacher schedules) and was able to watch her for anther six weeks. Then Melina, who was home from New York City but hadn't started a new job yet, pitched in, becoming a stand-in Mommy for a few weeks. Poor thing was ready to start that job at Barkley!
After six months, we finally had to start Miss Evie in day care. It was traumatic. I never imagined I'd be the that Mom, the one who just. won't. leave. Honestly, I was at least an hour late to work every day. And I actually loved Evie's school! It was amazing. It was me who had the problem.
|Evie at six months around the time she started at Berkley|
After three months and a shocking discovery that we were expecting yet again (Evie was only seven months at the time!), I managed to start working from home. Once Nora was born, I quit altogether and started freelancing exclusively.
So while I worked many nights and weekends when Mark was home watching the girls, I also decided to send Evie to mother's day out two days a week and hire a nanny for Nora one of those days.
|Evie's first day of mother's day out|
|First day of early preschool|
Once Nora turned 18 months old, she started mother's day out too, and now both girls go two days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving Mommy two solid days of working without one of the girls doing my hair, which is what is happening right now if you're wondering ... keeps them occupied for a good 30 minutes!
|Nora's first day of mother's day out and Evie's first day of preschool|
Over the last four years, Evie has been at three schools and Nora at one, and we've had numerous nannies/babysitters, many of them family or good family friends. For so many of us moms - working or not - finding that perfect child care option, mother's day out or preschool is one of the most stressful decisions. I know I've second guessed myself time and time again, but at the end of the day, I've loved all of my girls' schools, so let me share:
- Evie's first daycare: Berkley Child Development Center at UMKC
- Evie's first mother's day out when we lived in Waldo: Second Presbyterian Early Childhood Learning Center in Brookside
- Evie and Nora's preschool now that we're in Overland Park: Rolling Hills Preschool
- Jewish Community Center Child Development Center in Overland Park
- Parkwood Day School in Leawood
- Global Montessori on the Plaza (Melina's niece on Matthew's side just started here and loves it so far)