Jan. 2nd, 2010

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So already DH and I are having a debate about parenting this new little one.

I feel it is very important I be home and this baby NOT end up in daycare at 2 months old when the new school year begins. By the time I pay over 1K a month for daycare, and another few hundred for formula, I'll be making a scant $1,000 a month to pay someone else to raise my babe. Not something I want to do.

On the other hand, if I stay home with the baby for that year, we will literally be losing half of our income, and it will be a real struggle. On the other hand, I will be home with the baby each day, I can breastfeed exclusively, and I can pick up Fox when school ends each day so we won't have to pay for the afterschool care (saving another $300 monthly.) Not to mention that I would actually have time to cook, because we eat out and use convenience foods far too much right now.

We're going to try living on one income for the next six months and just see if it is possible. I know the thought scares Tomu to death, but I really feel strongly that 8 weeks is far too young for a baby to be in daycare and this baby deserves the same benefits of breastmilk that Fox had.

I have a feeling the next few months will be stressful as we hash this out...


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