We have had a rough re-entry to the real world post vacation. The past 2 days have consisted of a long and traffic filled drive home, work deadlines, loads and loads and loads of laundry, general crankiness, and a bout of coxsackie virus. fun right?!
This photo pretty much sums things up... haha!
Its also time that I start figuring out new childcare for Virginia. Our very much loved Nanny is going back to teaching in September :( Virginia has really thrived under her care and has stayed remarkably healthy this past year. We have been so lucky to have the protection of individualized care in our home and thankful that Virginia has had our Nanny's 18 month old daughter as a companion and peer model all year.
We have been pretty conflicted about whether to hire a new Nanny or enroll Virginia in a daycare center. I firmly believe that it would be very beneficial for Virginia to be around other children in a play based environment but the "never trust a preemie" statement is loud and clear in my head right now.
In an ideal world we would have a Nanny that would come to the house and Virginia could be enrolled in a preschool like program a few mornings a week. Unfortunately there are not many such programs in our area for kids under 2 and the costs would get wildly expensive (salary, tuition, extra car, ohh my!)
I hate feeling like I have to choose between the social development of my child and her physical well being. We are leaning toward enrolling her in daycare, knowing that if she cant handle it medically we will have to change course. She has been amazingly healthy this past year (is she stronger/healthier than we think or has she just not been exposed to much?) but the 8 weeks on a ventilator and 124 days in the NICU are just still such a recent memory.
I won't bore you with the details of the other complicated side of things - the fact that we are still on the wait list for all of the local daycares that we would consider sending her to. We are family #32 for the 2 year old room in one of them in fact. lovely...
Experienced preemie moms - any advice?