People who aren't me who still love my kids rock.
They really do.
They must be saints.
Or else they're getting paid.
My new dayhome falls into the latter category. But I also think she falls into the first category.
She is so awesome. She is soft-spoken. She is nice. I think she even likes Olivia.
I have truly been fortunate with dayhomes for Olivia.
We had Shirley for the first few years and I could not have been more comfortable leaving Olivia there. And I pride myself on NOT being "one of those moms" who natters and judges and demands completely irrational things. I like to think that I let her know how much I appreciated her and how wonderful she was at helping us raise Olivia, because I honestly believe that is what the good dayhomes do.
Now that I am at work full time, Olivia, being in full day school and Leon working shift work, only needs occasional before and after school care. And her new dayhome provider is willing to accommodate us! I am so thankful for that! I am hoping that we will never lose her! I have decided that there will be a minimum I will pay her every month (and yes, Lemoine, I realize that my money and your money together equal our money, and no matter how I word this, we know that your money pays for everything and my money pays for everything else, which in effect, gets the job done and uses up all of our money anyway...) so that she won't totally hate using a whole spot on us. I also like to think that I am very generous at Christmas time.... With the babysitters anyway!! For everyone else, I'm a cheap bugger! lol
That said, I want to send huge thank yous out to all the GOOD babysitters out there! You really are treasures and we couldn't do it without you!