Owen was with me for 2 1/2 years, then I had to put him in daycare.
I chose to go to a home environment daycare. I thought it would be an easier adjustment for him...
AND IT WAS!
We had one caregiver, the first one, that he HATED! A year later, he STILL talks about what a "witch" she was (don't ask HOW he came up with that term for her! I JUST DON'T KNOW!)
After switching, he was as happy as can be! It gave him the opportunity to mingle with other wee ones his age.
It was hard for me at first (still is hard, but in other ways than initially). The transition for him was much smoother...
Maybe you can look into getting a job somewhere where they have onsight daycare? Or maybe be a caregiver out of your home?
I don't know what your living expenses are or how much space you have to do something like this, but daycare is costly! Something else to think about!
Good luck, lovely lady!
The next step in parenting is just about to begin! And it's SAD!