Well, dh has been working for 3 weeks and is loving it. We have the kids at our old dcp and they seem to be adjusting just fine. We knew ds would be fine as he'd gone there for over 2 years. DD LOVES her and seems quite content there. The only hard part is getting ds to and from school.
For now we have it under control, dh doesn't go to work until noon so he can drop ds off at school then drops dd off at the dcp. Another parent then takes ds from school to sitters. I pick them up after work and dh works until 7 or 8pm. Not ideal but its working. It will suck as the weather gets cold since we only have one car now which dh uses. Everything, home - office - dcp, is within about a 7 block area so it's not a huge issue but if the weather is crappy it will just be a pita. I have a good friend/co-worker who lives close by and will always help me out with rides.
Since we were getting along fine on just my salary the extra money that is coming in is so nice! I actually got to go shopping last weekend for the kids and plan to go again next weekend, this time for myself! It feel so good to think hey, I can buy myself some new clothes and not beat myself up for breaking the budget. We put a bunch of extra $$ towards the principle on our car loan and will again next month adn that feels great. Dh backed into a light pole and put a tiny ($1100) dent into the van and we know we can fix it with no problem. That would not have been the case on just my salary.
That said, dh has said all along that he'd be happy to just do this one job (he's a contractor and is remodeling a house to be a rental property) and then be back home. Well, the owners are very pleased with his work and have three more properties they want him to do. They are fair, they pay on time, and seem to be doing quite well. He wants to do it and I'm torn.
He really enjoyed being at home but see's the kids adjusted well to day care so the extra money is drawing him to do the jobs. I love getting ahead! LOVE IT! But even though I dearly love our dcp, I was overall more content knowing the kids were home with dad.
My feelings are so mixed about this. < sigh >