We are moving and moving means changing daycares… Yeah, I know; you don’t have to say it. I know I’m crazy! But, really, this is going to be an awesome change for us. It will mean that I won’t be spending time on commuting an hour to get to the daycare before it closes (at 5!) when I should be working a full 8 hour day. Also, a shorter commute (half of what it is now) means more time with Jack. Our rent will be less and we’ll have a washer and dryer in the house. We will have a backyard where Jack can run around! We’ll have lots of families for neighbors. We’ll live about a block from a park. Best of all, I think, is that the time we spend driving to San Rafael to get Jack to Joe will be 15 minutes each way instead of 45-60! Woo hoo!
I looked at daycares last week and hit the freaking jackpot. The first place I visited was decent, but it didn’t feel like THE PLACE. It was small, a bit pricey, and brand new (meaning Jack would be the first kid enrolled). The provider was sweet and the place would have worked, but I didn’t like it as much as I like his current daycare. I went into the second place with low expectations because all I know about the place was that it was extremely affordable and a little further than I thought I’d want to go. But the drive to the place was a breeze and as soon as I walked in I felt at ease. The provider is Brazilian, just as his current providers are. She also has a similar menu and schedule as the current daycare. Jack will get to continue his Portuguese education! The number of kids in her care is small and she has a helper doing dishes and cooking meals, so the attention factor is high. The vibe was perfect, so I took the spot and we went back Saturday to introduce Jack to the provider. That went well, so the deal was sealed!
So far this move is coming together nicely. This is the easiest time I’ve ever had finding a place we will love to live and also a daycare that we will be happy with (I am of course hoping that a similar environment and a warm-up period will make for an easier transition). I think the most amazing part is that we are moving into the CITY and yet our rent and daycare costs will decrease.