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I'm always pleasantly surprised when people reply on livejournal. I post on Facebook and get 100 likes.. I post on Livejournal and it's usually crickets. But as a result, LJ is where I share the dark stuff.

Today was good, I got a last minute gig, which was nice since financially I'm struggling. I was doing well and then I had a baby so 2014 and 2015 the number of my weddings dropped but also I think it was the peak of an over-saturated market (maybe it still is).

2016 looks to be better, but I'm hustling more. And starting Fall our daycare costs go up by $300 a month to about $900 a month. (I know you Californians are laughing at the meager amount and you Europeans are confused that we have to pay for preschool.)

For the fall she got accepted to La Petite Ecole, a French immersion Montessari. Super excited by it and I think she'll thrive. K-monster is precocious and smart and an extreme extrovert. She prefers to be outside. So today I had to work a bunch and then felt mentally drained so I took K-monster to the drop-in day care nearby. I got 1.5 hours of quiet time, dinner and a book (my favorite). And then I went to pick her up and she cried and screamed and went limp and I had to physically drag her out from a drop-in daycare that she has only been to twice.

I wanted to hold a sign that said: "Hello, I'm not a bad parent. She actually does love me. Both parents are introverts and K-monster is an extreme extrovert and prefers to be outside and playing. Excuse us while she screams "No!" and I drag her to my car and back to our 852 sq feet condo."

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zuleikhajami
Mar. 2nd, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
Our daycare was more than yours but not actually that much more. I want to cry every time I see someone talk about how much their house cost, though.
immlass
Mar. 2nd, 2016 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm reading even if I'm not commenting.
ripresa
Mar. 2nd, 2016 06:25 am (UTC)
much appreciated :)
themooselet
Mar. 3rd, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh no, we do pay for daycare and preschool here in Germany! Alex's daycare is expensive --about €800--, cheaper options would mean only half-days or driving a long way instead of walking half a block.
Kindergarten (ages 3-6) is much cheaper, about €300 --but no French Montessori. That sounds great.

It's the Danish that have it really good re childcare costs.

Edited at 2016-03-03 07:13 am (UTC)
firth
Mar. 5th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
I'm still reading too!
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