As you guys know, Warner started going to a new daycare 2 weeks ago. He's just going one day a week and it gives me time to work on freelance design projects. I have been really happy with his dcp....she is incredibly nice, fantastic with the kids, all the other kids were about his same age, her house is immaculate, and she's only about 2 minutes away from our house.
But she called today and said that this is going to have to be his last week for a (long) while. She was able to offer me that part-time spot because one of her full-time kids spends every Wednesday with his grandparents. Warner was just taking his spot on that day. But the kid's grandma fell and broke her hip really badly last week and it's going to be a long time until she's up and around and able to care for a toddler. So I'm screwed.
I am just so bummed. We don't HAVE to have daycare for him, but I can't only do work in the evenings. I need to be available at least one day a week to meet with clients and it's really nice to be able to work for a long stretch during the day and not only at night when I'm kind of worn out from running around after Warner all day. And while my work doesn't bring in much income, I really, really love it and I'm still hoping that continuing to work on my own will lead to a great full-time job at some point.
But how the heck can I look for new projects, meet with clients, keep my portfolio/website updated--oh, and actually do the work, and still have time to sleep, while being a SAHM of a two year old?
I'm going to ask around to the moms in my neighborhood to see if anyone is interested in doing a nanny-share one day a week (lots of nannies around here for some reason) and I'll keep looking for other in-home dcp with part-time spots open. But I hate that I'm back at square one again :-(