Finding a Sitter While Working From Home

sitterOur adored sitter is leaving next month to head back home. The news wasn’t a shock, with both of us military wives it was bound to happen at some point. Yet still, these is a huge amount of sadness. My daughter just loves her so much, she’ll be hard to replace.

My husband is also leaving for 6 weeks at the same time. Currently I’m almost 5 weeks pregnant, at the time they’re both gone I’ll be 9. So I need help, and I need it in place before that happens. And I need to find it at a very low stress level.

I used for our past two sitters with great success. I’ve loved both and both have been incredible women that were reliable and caring. However, I’ve also gone with my gut during interviews. Not everyone is a great fit the first time we meet, and if there seems to be anything off at all I pass.

One of my decisions when I hired this sitter so I could work was if I wanted to bring Bella to someone’s home, or have them come to mine. And if they came to mine, would I leave or stay and work?

It’s worked wonderfully for me to have her come to our home and for me to leave. I’m not hovering, she has her own time with Bella, and it gets me out of the house 3 mornings a week to write. They do crafts and play, and I have 2 1/2 hours to myself. One of the mornings I head to therapy.

There is a part of me that thinks, “It’s a pain to find someone else. I’ll just do it myself.” But I know that it’s a recipe for disaster. Pregnant, sick mom, bored preschooler, 30-35 hours of work, and us alone for nearly 2 months? No. Just… no. Although a lot of my work I do during her nap and at night, there is a good chunk of time during the morning I need to be on the computer (uninterrupted) and I need our sitter for that.

So right now we have two sitters scheduled for interviews, and as hard as it is to say goodbye to the one we have, I’m hoping someone else will once again be our perfect fit.


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