A Blessing in Disguise

After finding out that our subsidy had been cut, and re-working the budget so that we could afford to pay our new daycare full price until Brian went back to work, we received a phone call.

It was our current daycare.

Remember how much we love her?

She wanted us to know how great our daughter fit in her program and how well she had already adjusted only after one day. She needed us to know that she had never seen such a social toddler and was so happy that we had chosen to place her there.

And that was why the next bit of news would be so hard to deliver.

The parent company that she works for calculated the ratio’s wrong and she didn’t have room for our daughter until she turns two in April.

We would have to find alternate care for 9 weeks.

I could see the world come to a stop around me, I knew she was still speaking on the other end of the line but I couldn’t make out what she was saying, and my body felt heavy, like it was moving through mud.

Where would we find someone else to watch her for 9 weeks without notice?

I spoke to her for a few more minutes and listened to her apologize repeatedly. She was sorry about the mistake and willing to take our daughter one day a week, when her numbers would allow, in order to keep her involved in the program.

Brian and I discussed it at length.

And we decided that it was a blessing in disguise. Brian is laid off and able to look after our daughter until April. At that time he is guaranteed his job back.

We have great friends and family who are going to help us out and watch our daughter so that Brian can have a break once in awhile and keep his sanity! Toddlers are busy yo!

And we save money in the long run.

It’s a frustrating situation but we’re turning it into 9 weeks of daddy/daughter time that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Frown turned upside down!

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36 Responses to A Blessing in Disguise
  1. Alison@Mama Wants This
    January 23, 2012 | 7:14 am

    I’m so glad you guys are dealing with this positively! There is nothing like one-on-one time with your baby girl (and when they turn 2, oh my), so yay!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:50 pm

      I’m loving this age so much and I’m so glad that Brian gets to have time with her!

  2. Galit Breen
    January 23, 2012 | 8:31 am

    Lemons to lemonade, yes? We had a similar situation when our 1st was born. I think that the time that J and K shared *still* affects how close they are today!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:50 pm

      Oh that makes me feel so good!!!

  3. imperfectmomma
    January 23, 2012 | 9:29 am

    That stinks that you cant use her but great news that Brian has that time to spend with her 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:49 pm

      They’re having a great time!

  4. Amber
    January 23, 2012 | 10:25 am

    At lease she will have that daddy daughter time. Hopefully Brian won’t loose his mind because you are right…Toddlers are well…Toddlers. 🙂 Are ya’ll going to have her go in on the days that the lady has the space?

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:48 pm

      We’ve sent her to daycare on the days that there is space just so that she can play with other kids.

  5. Kindred Adventures
    January 23, 2012 | 11:08 am

    My heart broke and I almost cried reading your last post. I am an honest person just like you and I’ve had my share of being burned for being an honest person. This whole ordeal has been tough to read about because I can not imagine. And at the same time you are so freckin tough!!! You made it. Here you are. I honestly do not think this could have worked out any better. These 9 weeks will be so meaningful to your daughter and your husband. Something most fathers do not get. On top of it when he is back to work and you’ve saved a ton of money they will have their memories and she has a wonderful daycare to go to who really truly adores her. I am honestly sooo happy for your family and can not wait to hear your glowing stories of your daughters and husbands adventures. -LV

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:47 pm

      I know Brian will really enjoy this time and it will help them have an even stronger bond.
      I love seeing your words here!

  6. Miss Marina Star
    January 23, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Struggling with childcare is one of the most heartbreaking things for a working mother. It brings up so many awful emotions. I hate that you’ve been dealing with this, but I am so relieved that you’ve found a silver lining.

    I can’t wait to hear all about the new daddy/daughter adventures!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:46 pm

      That’s why I’m never going to give up my fight to make Ontario offer free child care for families.
      It’s too expensive and causes so many problems for families.

  7. katery
    January 23, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    wow, good for you for turning a potentially negative situation into a big positive!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:46 pm

      I don’t regularly do that.. but I think it’s time to start looking on the bright side.

  8. Rach (DonutsMama)
    January 23, 2012 | 2:54 pm

    Do you want us to watch her? Donut and I would love to have her over. But I’m glad that Brian is able to have this time. So frustrating and what is even more frustrating is how the work system doesn’t cut parents much slack either.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:45 pm

      I love that all of my blogging friends are offering to watch her!
      I love that I have such great friends in people I have never met!
      Thank you.

  9. Kimberlly
    January 23, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    I am so glad that things worked out in the end. And that you can find the positive in a shitty situation
    Ps. I’ll have you know that I’m typing this with clothes on.
    You’re welcome

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:44 pm

      Please never comment with clothes on again.
      That is a rule.

  10. Kimberly
    January 23, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Move here, I’ll watch her for you!

    I’m glad you’re able to see the positives through it all.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:36 pm

      I’m packing her bag now.

  11. Jennifer
    January 23, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Ah, so disappointing to hear but so glad that things have worked out. It’s weird how that happens sometimes, right? I’m just glad she’ll get to have quality time with Brian for now, and you know that she’s going to do great when she starts daycare again. Sending you a big hug, Leighann. XO

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:35 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!
      It’s been a stressful couple of weeks!

  12. Carri
    January 23, 2012 | 7:37 pm

    Oh… my heart sunk when I was reading this at first but I think it will turn out really well!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:34 pm

      It turned out great!
      I just hope that the woman we’re sending her too stops being so flakey!

  13. Not a Perfect Mom
    January 23, 2012 | 8:52 pm

    I hope they have so much fun together!
    and man, is he going to be beat!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 26, 2012 | 10:34 pm

      He’s going to be exhausted!

  14. Natalie @ Mama Track
    January 23, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    I’m sure it was surprising. And disconcerting. But I agree–what a great blessing in disguise. I hope they enjoy their time together!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 25, 2012 | 11:46 pm

      They already are!
      It’s adorable and they are best friends.

  15. Paulette (MsPDrama)
    January 24, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Absolutely. Silver lining to your dark cloud. =)

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 25, 2012 | 11:45 pm

      I love silver linings!
      And you 🙂

  16. Leigh Ann
    January 24, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    Aw, that is good and bad, but I’m so glad that S fits in so well. It really does look like this place will be great for her. And really, the timing is perfect.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 25, 2012 | 11:45 pm

      Timing was so perfect.
      She fits in well and will love spending time with daddy.

  17. Lady Estrogen
    January 24, 2012 | 8:25 pm

    Ugh! I was so scared for you for a second. I have no idea what I would/could have done in that situation! Good thing it’s turned out for the best 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 25, 2012 | 11:43 pm

      No kidding!
      But things just do that. They have a way of working out.
      hear that?
      They have a way of working out.

  18. Sweaty
    January 27, 2012 | 7:13 am

    I’m so proud of how well you handled the situation, Leighann! I’m breathing a sigh of relief here! And yes, things do have a way of working out at the end. They do 🙂

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