News at Home: Does the stress ever end?
Honestly, it was a good week. I love my job and it’s working out really well. I was super busy this week, but in a good way and I enjoyed pretty much every minute. It’s like my life has flip-flopped. Work used to be place of stress, now it’s home. And like with work, it’s a happy stress. Just as I loved my job, I love my life. But OMG it’s stressful y’all!
Dante is still fighting his cold. Which means he’s been off and on with a low-grade fever. This has caused a lot of stress, not due to worry because I know that a low-grade fever is productive and is his immune system getting stronger and fighting the cold. It’s stressful because if he runs a fever over 100.3 he can’t go to daycare for 24 hours. And I get it. They need to make it as germ-free an environment as possible, so that everyone doesn’t get sick. I get it
But we spend a lot of money on daycare ($225/week!) and it’s not like they say, “Dante didn’t come in today, so here’s a discount.” You pay the same whether baby goes in or not. And I get that too – it’s not like because he wasn’t there for the day they filled his spot for 1 day with another baby. So they need the money for his spot. I get it.
But if he stays home, one of us has to too. Because we really don’t have anyone who can watch him for us. My brother helped out in one emergency, but that’s not really a great option because of his epilepsy. And Tequilla helped out one time, watching him in the office. But that’s not a great option because she has work to do, she can’t keep him in the office all the time. We need a backup. But we don’t have one and so one of us will have to stay home.
The good news? We both have jobs where that’s feasible. The bad news? Because of the money, my husband gets PISSED thinking of us taking a day of work. So we’ve argued so much about giving Dante Tylenol. He wants to give it to him at the hint of a fever, so he can make it through daycare. I don’t want to over do it, because one I don’t want him to get reliant on medicine. I want him to develop that immune system. I also don’t want him to get so that Tylenol doesn’t work because his body is just used to it. I’m thinking long term and my husband is just thinking about the cost of daycare. I told him he needs to think more about Dante’s overall health and not just money. Those were apparently fighting words. **sigh**
And then on Friday we had the storms that were forecasted to bring hail and tornadoes. So, of course, daycare responded like the public schools and shut down early. We had to get Dante picked up by 3:30. I was able to leave work and it was fine. But Kiko’s response was that they aren’t a public school. We pay for them, so they don’t get to close whenever public school does. My thought is, if it’s potentially dangerous enough that school districts are closing, don’t we want Dante home with us? Anyway, he’s gone so far as to say it’s not going to work and he wants us to find a different child care option. And I really don’t want to. I like them. I drop him off every day and feel like he’s going to be taken care of. I have anxiety about how he’ll do, but not because I think he won’t be safe. I don’t want to look for a cheaper option were I will potentially feel a lot less safe. I have a feeling this argument will be going on for a while, until Dante isn’t fighting his cold. And then will reoccur every time they’re closed or he gets sick.
I know it’s a lot of money, but is it really when you think that it’s about someone taking good care of your child for 10 hours a day, Monday – Friday. That’s 50 hours. And they’re open 12 hours a day, so I could drop him off earlier and pick him up later, I just don’t want/need to. I think this week was exacerbated because the apartments have an inspection coming up, so he’s working overtime (even worked Saturday) and those hours are HARD work. So he’s feeling like he works too hard for his money to ever have Dante stay home.
Anyway that was my week. Good but stressful.
Y’all I will blog this week. I will. I wrote a post Monday, but then Tuesday and Thursday I met my brother for lunch. And then Wednesday and Friday I worked through lunch. So I only got in one day of blogging. I don’t see any reason for that to happen this week, so fingers crossed I’ll FINALLY get into a good blogging rhythm.
COYER is going great for me! The best it’s gone in a couple years. I finished another Buddy read (with Anne this time) yesterday, and managed to read two books for the readathon. It was really important to me that I read 1 book for Tiffany and 1 book for Grace, so I’m glad I did manage that. I got very emotional about this readathon and I love the idea that we read books they didn’t get a chance to.
Last Week on the Blog
- [7 Jan] Monthly Book Report ~ End of Year Book Report 2019
- [8 Jan] Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett ★★★½
- [10 Jan] #FitReaders ~ January 1 – 4 Update
- [11 Jan] #MyTBRL ~ 2020 Winner for January is…..
- [12 Jan] The Sunday Post ~ Reading, Blogging and now I’m sick ~ Week in READview!
- [12 Jan] Sunday Post with Berls ~ Does the stress ever end?
Coming Next Week From Me
I really don’t know, but I’m gonna try to get back on track!