And I know the rates here will be cheaper than where lots of you are!
We recently fired our sitter and the new sitter, who has been employed with us for 1 week and 2 days has already missed 2 half days. At this point I'm coming to the realization that we're probably going to have to transfer them into daycare, if not now then after the first of the year.
The problem is that daycare costs for 2 will eat roughly 50% of what I make in a year, but at the same time we can't afford to do without my check. We are paying just over $400/mo right now for someone to be in our home (b/c it is part time), and daycare will be $760/mo since there aren't many (if any) part time options in our area.
There are a few things we can do to tweak our budget to pay for it, but it'll be tough. It just pains me to pay so much for childcare. This doesn't include after school care for my ds1 or his care in the summer. It all just makes me want to cry.
This is mainly just a vent. I had to let it out somewhere.