Well, I've been home for over a year now and I need to start thinking about finding a DCP and a job. I'll be looking for both full-time and part-time but in our area, I'm really not seeing many PT jobs that pay enough. I am a little excited at the thought of going back to work, but also terrified of leaving Kaitlyn.
I have some questions for those who have BTDT:
How much time do you spend with your LO after work before he/she goes to bed? How early do you wake them up before you need to leave for daycare? I hate the idea of only being with DD for a couple of hours before she goes to bed, and having those hours just be a series of driving home/dinner/bath/bedtime, but I can't really imagine how else she would get enough sleep.
If I'm putting her into daycare at 13 months and she hasn't had whole milk yet (waiting for doctor's OK), should I be pumping during the day? If I do introduce whole milk, should I still be pumping or can I get away with just nursing her at night/weekends? Maybe I could just pump at lunch?
Are there any links that were especially helpful to you in terms of asking the right questions when interviewing DCPs?
This is pretty much a rhetorical question, but HTH is this DCP going to get my stubborn toddler to sleep without nursing/walking if that's all we've done for the past year?
Kaitlyn has never had a babysitter outside the family so I'm so nervous about all of it. I really kind of put myself into a spot because our only local babysitter is my sister, and she works during the day so I'm not sure how I can even go on job interviews! So I guess I need to start interviewing DCPs, start interviewing PT babysitters, and find a job.