MMM: I’m Freaking Out A Little Bit

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I’m freaking out a little bit. On Friday afternoon, my daycare provider gave her 2-week notice. Exactly two weeks.

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She’s closing her daycare business completely to start a new chapter of her life, including marrying her long-time boyfriend of 9 years and starting a new job that’s not at all daycare-related.

I’m incredibly happy for her, but at the same time, totally freaking out about finding a new provider for Levi. Jason and I would really prefer to find another in-home daycare or possibly even a nanny, if that’s within our budget, since neither of us are big fans of large daycare centers.

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Several friends have been amazingly supportive and offered to help out with temporary care if we can’t find a replacement within the next two weeks. We also have family that may be able to help out in a pinch, so we’re not in crisis mode or anything.

It’s just daunting to go through this process again, knowing we’d like to find a long-term solution quickly. I’ve been calling around to different in-home daycares, but many don’t have openings or are too far away to work with our schedules. I have a few other leads I’m waiting to hear back from still, so there’s definitely hope.

I think the hardest part of all of this is saying goodbye to our current provider. We absolutely love her and feel completely comfortable with her daycare. She’s been phenomenal, and I think it’s going to be a challenge to find someone to fill her shoes.

This post is part of the Manic Mommy Monday link up over at The Gnome’s Mom. It’s my favorite link up to participate in, since it reminds me to think about what’s going on in my life. Plus, the participants are all really fantastic – check out what they have to say this week below. 

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  1. Heather Van Horn says:

    I don’t see anything i your post about finding a daycare that cloth diapers. However, All Things Diapers has a list of the places that do cloth diapering. http://www.allthingsdiapers.com/Allthingsdiapers/
    This is a link to the Real Diaper Industry’s search engine to help locate places that are registered with them that do cloth diapering. http://daycare.realdiaperindustry.org/cloth-diape
    I know that the county has a search option to help you locate a list of people that are licensed through the county, both centers and home based. http://www.mnchildcare.org/

    I have found using the mnchildcare site has been helpful in the past when i have needed to locate daycare either during am move or having changed job locale. Just my two-cents. Good luck on the search.

  2. Found your blog through the Monday morning hop. I am blessed to get to stay home but I would be stressing if my trusted childcare person closed too. Praying you find the right person soon! Following along on fb hope you can follow along with us too!
    Cheryl@OntheOldPath recently posted..Spring on Our Little Homestead

  3. New follower!

    Thankis!

  4. I don’t blame you for stressing. It is really hard to find quality child care! And knowing that this is what is best for your provider does help, but it is still really difficult to deal with a huge life change so quickly. I mean, Levi is bound to be attached to her as well…Good luck finding someone quickly!
    Tara Sutton recently posted..#Giveaway for Cloth Diapers Inc! $15 GC

  5. Wow! I’d be freaking out too. Hope you’re able to find somebody ASAP!!!
    Sarah Jane recently posted..Mother’s Day #ClothDiaperHop

  6. I’ve been there before! I know what it feels like to be oh wait! I have NO day care tomorrow! What am I going to do! I’m sure what ever choice you make for your family will be great!
    Cristina recently posted..When You Take the Time To Stop and Look

  7. My husband has done daycare for the past 11 years (almost 12) and our biggest issue now is lack of kids..lol . But I totally understand the stress involved when your dc provider decides to move on in another direction. Glad you have friends that are willing to help in the pinch. AND if affordable a nanny would be very cool. :) Wish you lived closer my husband would have jumped at the chance to watch Levi!
    Becky Ryan-Willis recently posted..celebrate~a festive Genesis Child Theme by The Pixelista

  8. Oh wow that must be stressful. Finding a child care provider that you really like is hard and when you do find that person, you never want to lose them. Hope you are able to find someone else quickly!
    Diane N – Philzendia recently posted..$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for May 2012

  9. OMG! That’s one frightening situation…been there TOO many times myself (I had four kids in 5 years, so it was hard to keep a babysitter and couldn’t afford daycare for four kids when they were all toddlers). I’m pulling for you. *fingers crossed*
    Kristin recently posted..Pamper Mom With a Sweet Scent — Ageless!

  10. I’m sorry you have to go through this! That’s craziness! I can’t remember where you are again (city wise) but I may be able to ask around for you! :)
    Leila recently posted..ACE for you!

  11. I’d be freaking out too. Did she get a new “real” job? I guess I’m thankful I can work from home and that The Workaholic enjoys working so that I don’t have to work outside of the home. That said, I certainly wish I had more time to myself and my business. It’s hard to get anything done at all with my high-needs children.
    Summer recently posted..Giving Back to The Boys & Girls Club #OdwallaCFK #CBias

  12. I’m so happy for her, finally she’s getting married! You wouldn’t stay in a 9 year relationship without the endpoint of getting married. I hope you’ll find a daycare center the soonest for your son.
    Jill McQueen recently posted..The Eco-Bride

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