Hello Moms! You all have been so helpful in the past when I've had questions, I thought I would take to the boards for some more great advice!
I have one year left on my degree in university and I am anxious to finish! This would afford my husband and I more choices in where to live and the income we could have. Not to mention I'd be glad to just be finally done!
In January, my LO will be three months old and I am wanting to take one course at the University. Thankfully, a woman I am friends with is opening a day home around that time and has agreed to take my little angel part time. I trust her because she worked for years at a day care, has an accredited facility and has a degree in child psychology. If it sounds like I am trying to convince you all that this is a good idea, that's because I am still trying to convince myself!!
I have taken a course like the one I am taking before and know it takes a fair amount of homework and studying to get a good grade with. My husband works away from home every other week and as it is, I struggle to find the time to look after the baby, keep the house and my sanity! So finding the time to do the homework might be tough...
The course is three hours per week, spread over three days. I was hoping that I could drop Olivia off with the sitter for 3-4 hours each of those three days so I could study at school and still allow for travel time. I have two issues with this, though.
1. From a practical standpoint, I am worried she won't nap and then have terrible nights of fussiness and no sleep. Currently, I nurse her to sleep and obviously the sitter won't be able to do that - not only does she not lactate but she will have another small child to look after as well.
2. I am also worried about how this may affect the way Olivia and I bond. We co-sleep right now and while I was wanting to start putting her into her crib at 4 months, I may want to keep her with me until this semester is over just so that we can be closer for longer.
Have any moms left their LO's with a sitter when they've been this young? Can you give me some advice regarding the issues I think I may face? Your insight will, as always, be extremely valuable for me :)
Thanks so much!!