Because I have to give daycare two weeks notice before taking Michael out I still have it for this week and next and I've been using it. Truly, the only sadness I feel about not working is taking the benefits daycare away from Michael. I love taking care of my baby but I also feel that daycare has a lot of pros, particularly socialization (and some definite cons too in case that wasn't clear already).
So while I still have daycare our schedule has been to play at home in the morning until ~9am and then Michael goes down for his morning nap. He's been sleeping for 1.5-2 hours everyday, and it is glorious. Then he wakes up, nurses, and we get ready and leave so that he's getting to daycare just in time for lunch. I run around and do errands and pick him back up around 2:30 and take him home for his afternoon nap which is about an hour. Then we play until Daddy gets home. So Michael gets time with Mommy, 3 (glorious) hours of naps, and socialization at daycare. Yes, this might be the most perfect schedule ever... if only it could last.
But today, of all days, I actually needed to take him to daycare and it was closed. I was trying to help myself by scheduling a counseling session to deal with some of the work
DH and I discussed whether we wanted to reschedule it or not. Luckily a law passed last year (this was a state law I believe, it didn't have anything to do with the federal health care overhaul) that mental health services had to be covered by insurance companies like any medical health issue so I can still go without my EAP for the cost of my copay which is a great deal compared to the benefits that I used to have (none). So I rescheduled and DH will stay home and watch Michael that morning for me. The only downside is that the next available appointment wasn't until March.
So today was my first real SAHM day and it went pretty well. I'm really rediscovering my baby and getting to enjoy him in ways I really haven't ever. There has been an paradigm shift in how I interact with Michael since our time together has been completely redefined. Michael's happier, I'm happier, DH is happier, the kitties are happier (they don't have to go to the basement during the day). Life is still busy and I still feel like I need to sleep for a week straight, but things are better around here.