I know it is not exactly revolutionary to work a full day without nanny coverage. Still, I haven’t done this for many years and I am relatively proud of myself for pulling it off.
As mentioned previously, our nanny had to take an unexpected trip to help with some family overseas and I was (luckily) able to enroll the kids in 3 days of aftercare since I had full days of patients scheduled both yesterday + today, plus a full day of meetings last Friday.
I have to admit I was a) nervous and b) dreading things somewhat.
It has been okay so far.
Things that helped yesterday:
Letting the big kids help G with things (her shower especially – I was able to clean up while this was happening and she seemed reasonably clean afterwards, so I’ll call it a win)
Letting the big kids make lunch (my absolutely least favorite task, for whatever reason – even though it’s not objectively that hard!)
Josh taking over laundry (not my least favorite task, but harder for me to fit in. He tends to stay up later watching tv and has noted himself that this gets very well with laundry folding!). He also arrived home at ~7:30 and was able to help C finish his math homework while I put G to bed.
The school being awesome and flexible and allowing us to enroll in aftercare on a day to day basis (for a daly fee that is reasonable, it’s basically $20/kid for coverage until 6p at the latest — I picked them up at 5:30). I hadn’t realized this was an option, but they were great about it and the kids seemed happy at pickup.
Not planning on any radical changes to our childcare situation any time soon, but it was nice to know that we are capable of doing this when needed.