Tracy and Erik’s Adoption Profile – Questions You May Have For Us #1
The teacher in me has decided to attempt to predict questions you may still have about us after reading our profile. Hopefully, this will help you to fill in some of the gaps if you’re considering us as parents for your child. Here’s the first question you may have that I may not have addressed elsewhere:
Do we plan to use daycare?
Yes, for about nine to ten months of the year. I’ll explain. Being a teacher, I work from the end of August to mid-June. Add to that Christmas vacation, spring break, Thanksgiving break, snow days, and various holidays. That works out to only needing day care for nine-ten months of the year. I am extremely fortunate that I have the type of job where I have a lot of time off, especially during the summer. I always look forward to being a “stay-at-home” mom for Colby during the summer months, and I am worse than any kid when it comes to hoping we get a snow day!
I plan to stay at home with an infant at least for the first two months, possibly three. When my leave is up, we have already arranged daycare in our neighbor’s home who lives directly across the street from us. All we would need to do is to walk across the street with an infant seat and diaper bag. I am good friends with this neighbor, and she watches two other toddlers as well. She has already agreed to be our daycare provider whenever the time comes. My school is also a two-minute drive away which would be very convenient if I needed to get to the baby quickly.
Erik and I are fortunate to have a lot of leave that we can take with both of our employers. We also have other family and friends nearby who are always ready to be a back-up plan for us, especially my parents who live twenty minutes away.
While I would honestly love to say that I will stay home completely with your child, I know that it is not a possibility for us financially. With Colby, we used a daycare provider who worked out of her home. I have always felt strongly about a private home instead of a daycare center. It has been my experience with Colby that he gets more individualized attention than I think that he would in a daycare center setting. While we must work, we feel that a private home and a trusted friend/neighbor is the next best thing.