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Old 10-28-2014, 02:33 PM   #41
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I thought I would provide an update now that our sweet bundle of GD joy has arrived.

Firstly, we are completely smitten, having spent the first two and half weeks of her life helping my daughter. Our SIL won't be home from active duty until mid-November, so we have been the stand ins in his place. Secondly, to our mutual surprise, my spouse and I are in agreement that we would like to provide daycare for the gap between the end of my DD's maternity leave, and the expiration of her current teaching contract this summer, after which she will likely be staying home for a one to two year time period.

At the end of the day my heart couldn't bear the thought of a stranger watching her, nor could my DH's. We are both so in love with this little person already it's crazy.

So that means 2015 will be the first time we won't hit our 50% on-the-road target since ER'ing. However, it's a brief time really, just four months or so, and I am 100% confident we will have no regrets whatsoever when we look backward to this time in future years.

Were we not FIRE'd, we'd never have had this type of opportunity. I think about that often these days.
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Congratulations to all of you, RetiredAndFree. I'll bet anything that those four months will be times you remember always.
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Congratulations ! You may find your life changing in many ways !
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:16 PM   #44
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I can't even imagine how much your gesture will mean to your SIL.

Congrats on the new little one who has already stolen your hearts!
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Congrats on the new grand! I feel the same as you about day care for infants. Fortunately, our daughter's husband works weird schedules and is frequently home during the week, so we don't have to babysit all the time, but we get her at least once or twice a week which is just perfect for me. Enjoy the new baby. It's unbelievable how fast they grow. Our is already 8+ months and it seems like just a couple of weeks ago she was born.
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I'm so happy for you and for your grandchild. There's no one better than loving grandparents to act as caregivers in the first course of years!


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At the end of the day my heart couldn't bear the thought of a stranger watching her, nor could my DH's. We are both so in love with this little person already it's crazy.

So that means 2015 will be the first time we won't hit our 50% on-the-road target since ER'ing. However, it's a brief time really, just four months or so, .................................................. ..../QUOTE]

Congratulations on your new life! don't be too sure about that four months........it can be addicting esp. after they become mobile. In our case, the 2 grandmothers got an agreement from the parents to share custody until she got accepted into their chosen daycare. There was a forecast for the possibility of an opening next summer recently but DW suggested that was too soon.............she's 21 mos. now and will be 2.5 yrs old then. Don't say you were warned Enjoy!
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