I promise this is not turning into an “all baby all the time” blog. I do have a question for you though, gentle readers.
How on earth do I go about finding and signing up for a daycare?
Neil and I have been duly terrified (by other parents mostly) into the potential scenario that when I want to go back to talking to grownups for 8 hours a day (or my upcoming year of government-sponsored rearing is up), I may run into the challenge of having nowhere to exchange buckets of money for the privilege of leaving my child with someone else for a while.
Specifically I have heard that daycares in my neighbourhood (Vancouver’s West Side/Kitsilano) that will take kids under 3 years old and not turn them into stew are currently experiencing 2-3 year waitlists. Meaning, I should’ve had my top picks selected years ago, and put my name on their list the last time I ovulated.
So far, my usual resource google is useless in solving this one for me.
Compounding the problem, all my friends with kids so far fall into two camps. They do not live anywhere close to me, and/or they are Shit Ass Ho Motherfuckers. I suppose I could end up joining their ranks, but I think it’s easier to assume I will likely end up a “Wanking Ornery Ho Motherfucker” and withdraw my name from the waitlist if I change my mind, than be stuck between the proverbial rock and hard-place of staying home if I’d rather not, or living with the potential that I’ll end up with my infant turned into stew.*
So help me internets, is our panic overblown? Is there a magical list and/or daycare review site out there that’s invisible to google? Is there a secret handshake we need? I’d be ever so grateful!
*When flinging internet dung around in the war of “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG,” it’s so much easier to use acronyms. Typically used to represent Stay at Home Mom (SAHM), Work at Home Mom (WAHM) and Work Outside the Home Mom (WOHM), I prefer Heather Armstrong’s interpretation.