Last week I had a wonderful week with my mom who was visiting from Kansas. It was an amazing time, and a bit of a whirlwind. Sylvie was so smitten, and I soon became nonexistent when “Nana” was in the room. It was wonderful to see the two of them play and bond.
I also had a set back mid-week when I learned that the preschool I had thought Sylvie would start next month wouldn’t be happening. I received a letter that there weren’t enough young children signed up to make it feasible for them. It felt like being punched in the gut.
Three hours twice a week isn’t much, but it had become so much to me. I made plans and day dreamt about sitting at coffee shops blogging, getting haircuts, and shopping alone at Target. I was going to live the dream, and then……no more. You might say to yourself that there must be other childcare options, but after an exhaustive search, I can assure you this was it.
I started to really evaluate what I needed, and it was time to focus on myself. Ok, I also need time to write, take picture, and work, but I really just wanted a few hours a week to focus on taking care of my own needs. I needed to fill my bucket.
I held that need in myself and tried to think of solutions when an answer appeared this weekend. I realized there is a YMCA 20 minutes from my house, and they have CHILDCARE. (Inexpensive childcare at that! I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that it works out).
Have you been to the YMCA lately? I remember the Y from my childhood gymnastic classes, and it was kind of like being in a big locker room. It stunk a bit, it was all gray, and it seemed like the place where you only went to take the one class your parents wanted you to take.
When I took a tour today, I was blown away. Where had I been? It was beautiful and had classes of every kind. They even have family changing rooms.
The solution was right there, and I am so excited to take a class with Sylvie and then do something on my own as well (even if I only go take a nice long shower…lol).