Well, the time has come.
We’re going to put the Noodle in daycare/preschool.
The Daddy isn’t getting relieved of his stay at home duties just yet. But as the Noodle gets older, it gets more and more difficult for the working part of the Daddy’s equation to happen. Add in the fact that we feel strongly that the kid needs to be around…well, other kids, and we’re looking at putting him in daycare 1-2 days a week.
Now, when we conceived of this plan, we didn’t actually think it would be that difficult. Expensive maybe, but not difficult. Time consuming maybe, but not difficult. AHAHAHAHA. How naive we were.
Did you guys know that most daycares/preschools don’t do part-time schedules? And a large number of them don’t take kids under 18 months? And if you happen to get one, you rarely get both?
Anyway, we found a place that *on paper* looks great. It’s close enough that the Daddy could walk there should he need to pick the Noodle up in the middle of the day (huge bonus). They do part time schedules. They have ages 6 weeks to pre-kinder. The teachers seem nice. The classroom size isn’t too bad. They have a daily schedule we like. The Noodle seemed to love it the two times we visited.
So what’s the problem? Well, beyond the cost (seriously, daycare costs here? Through the freakin roof)?
The place reeks of diapers. R.E.E.K.S.
Now, a room full of un-potty trained toddlers, it makes sense that there’s going to be some aroma. But this was like a wall of smell. A diaper annihilation. Which…seems not quite right. Right?
But I don’t know. It’s not dirty or messy, other than the smell. There weren’t diapers strewn about–they were off in their proper receptacles. Maybe I’m just underestimating the aroma that 12 toddlers can produce, and it’s totally normal. And it is going to only be a day a week. And I mean, everything else is so perfect. Or I guess as close to perfect as I think a part-time daycare that’s insanely expensive can be.
So that’s our daycare dilemma: stench vs. everything else.
Am I overreacting?