Freeform Katia

January 3, 2008

taking 2008 by the horns

Filed under: family — freeformkatia @ 1:17 pm

I initially titled this post “fearless return”, but I think the above is more appropriate. I’m here. I’m alive. I’m ready to take on 2008.

On the eve of the ultimate day of 2007, as the family was enroute to a very fun and fabulous GMT NYE party hosted by the ever-gracious Marianne and her epicurially-talented husband Gaylord, I commented to Richard that I was somewhat afraid of 2008. I rattled off the list:

  • my firstborn is going to turn 3!
  • my secondborn is going to turn 1.
  • Richard turns 40; Katia turns 35 — we are entering mid-life.
  • major life changes are planned (too secret to talk about here. I will say that it does not involve more children. Or houses. You may all breathe a collective sigh of relief.)
  • with our nanny  resigning the girls will be going into daycare — upheaval in the daily schedule, just as we were settling into a routine

Now that we’re firmly entrenched in 2008, though, I look at the above list and I actually feel calm. Mid-life is not scarey, it’s settling. My children are growing up… but that’s exciting! We will have a little more freedom to do things and not be so tied down. And the nanny quitting may be a blessing in disguise.

Ah, the nanny. When we found out I was pregnant last year I panicked (yes, it was a planned pregnancy, but I still panicked). How on earth could we afford to put 2 kids through daycare?!? I may as well have quit my job, it would be cheaper. Then, after much finagling and coercing we came up with a schedule that allowed us to hire a nanny for 3 full days a week. Compromises were made; stress levels rose; the dog suffered the most (shorter walks). We interviewed and finally hired someone who fit the bill perfectly. And then our lovely nanny told me on the Thursday before Christmas that she was going back to school the beginning of February. Great for her. Bad for us.

Luckily, though, we found a daycare that seems almost too good to be true. It’s new, the prices are so  reasonable that we can go back to a 5 day/week schedule, it’s small (15 kids max., so the girls will actually be together!) and it’s very close to Richard’s office. And that, my friends, is the bonus: Richard will do all pickups and dropoffs. Is your mind whirring yet? Let me help you along: the girls will be at daycare for 10hrs. I work a 7.5hr day. Richard is doing the pickup and dropoff. GET IT? I will have between 2.5 and 3hr EVERY AFTERNOON to myself after work.

Let’s take a moment of silence to appreciate this.

This is so uncomprehensible that I need a few more minutes to contemplate what I could possibly do in that time. Um, NOTHING. hah. Seriously, I can walk the dog, prep dinner, do some laundry, clean the house… all with no distraction. Meaning that when the troops arrive home I can focus on them and not on the zillion other things that I always feel never get done; meaning that on the weekends I won’t feel like I have to do all the laundry and cleaning; meaning that Richard doesn’t have to go in to work on the weekend and we can spend some time together as a family.

There are some downsides to this new arrangement, I know. But, for now, I’m just going to bask in the very idea that I might have some “me” time. And, as another mom of 2 told me earlier today: a happy mom, is a happy family.

So, bring on 2008. I’m ready.



  1. 2008! Sounds like it’s starting off pretty good for you Katia! An adjustment for the girls I’m sure being in daycare all day. I browsed through some of your pictures. What sweet hearts your girls are! You’ve got me curious about your secret??!! I guess in time you’ll tell?

    Comment by Nancy — January 3, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  2. Any chance you might want to drop in and croon at noon sometimes???????

    Comment by Marianne — January 14, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

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