So my licensed DCP is in FL for like 2 weeks, having some dental procedures done by a relative on the cheap (versus what she would have paid here for a nonrelative to do the work).
DD is currently being watched by her 18 year old daughter (who I've had watch Natalie after hours before) and her regular assistant.
DH flew out of town on Wednesday, which I informed them of, as I would be bringing Natalie to daycare as early as I can, which is when they open at 7. However with my commute to DC, I would be getting to work extremely late (I usually try to leave my house by 5:30am) & leave as late as possible (trying to get my 8-9 hour workday in) to pick her up by 6.
I was 30 minutes late picking her up yesterday, because my roommate ended up driving to work, when I thought she was taking the commuter bus in, and riding home with me so we could take the HOV lanes/roads together. So I didn't find this out until I'm sitting outside of her office, which means I couldn't take HOV, which means I was running VERY LATE. I was very apologetic & explained what happened. I felt bad because when I picked up DD, I found out the assistant had a class that evening that she missed.
Well today I dropped DD off right at 7am. She was barely awake, so I took her in her pjs with socks & shoes & packed an outfit in her diaper bag so they could change her later. OR SO I THOUGHT...
I was running 15 min late picking her up, even after riding in HOV with my roommate due to traffic. I see Natalie run to the glass door STILL IN HER PAJAMAS FROM THIS MORNING!!! I was pissed! The daughter and the assistant barely said 2 words to me. I asked the assistant why DD wasn't in her clothes that I packed & she claims she didn't see them in the diaper bag. I CALL BULLSHIT!!! I also noticed her brand new shoes were somewhat dirty, which means she was outside, playing in her PJs... WTF. It makes me wonder what else they slacked on.
I try to get there on time, but unfortunately I have a hell of a commute. DCP knows that I drive to DC everyday, and when I am late I always pay her 1/2 day extra ($20), even if I'm only 15 min late one day. She has never asked for a late fee, but I do it to show that I am sorry & I appreciate her time.
#1- DCP is supposed to be back on Tuesday (I'm off tomorrow & DH is off Mondays). If she is not back Tuesday, I am not taking Natalie back there for her daughter to babysit. I pay her, NOT her daughter. I will take unpaid leave if I have to... and DH is in total agreement with me.
#2- DCP will be hearing about this. I am also going to have a very frank discussion about my commute and I'm going to tell her if my occasional tardiness is too much, even after my compensation, I will find another place to take DD. My commute is not giong to change anytime soon, even after I start working in Crystal City (which is literally across the river from DC). I love DCP, but I am quickly growing to dislike her daughter. I'm sorry, but not all of us have the option of showing up to work or for job interviews whenever we feel like it (that's another story).So am I overreacting or what???? I am just so incredibly mad right now.
And thanks for reading this far!