I joined the local Y so that I could drop off Nick to the daycare there, use the pool, and bring Nick swimming. Half of the value of the membership to me is that I can bring him to daycare there. I have used it twice. The system that they have is they give you a nametag for him and one for you. When you go to pick him up, they check the nametags. You sign in and sign out at a desk and go through a gate. The first time he slept the whole time. I was swimming and out of the pool every 10 minutes peering through the locker room into the infant daycare room. I picked him up, don’t recall if they checked the nametags to match, I left. The second time, a worker was holding him, and I walked up and just took him from her, gathered his things and left. No one checked the nametags. I signed out, no one checked anything, and left. I haven’t been back since. I feel like it is a horrible system and no one is checking and any psycho could go ahead and walk in and claim him.
Since then, I’ve dropped him off to my dad who works from home – but this is not fair, he is working, and unless Nick is asleep, he has to take a break out of his workday. I try not to do this.
The daycare at our old gym (our membership expires the end of next week) is iffy. First, we cancelled our old gym basically because it isn’t as nice as the Y and there is no pool. So I can’t take Nick swimming nor can I swim myself. I brought him there today to try it out and basically becasue I can’t take him to the Y with any peace of mind. It seemed OK. A large foreign woman was the only one there, and she was in a rocking chair holding a little one maybe 6 months older than Nick. There were 3-4 other kids in there, mostly 2 and under. She was watching the View or some kind of trash TV, and at first glance I thought she was nursing the baby she was holding, but she wasn’t, the baby was just all in her bosom. I was iffy, but I got on the closest elliptical to the door, and just kept curling my body back to check on him. He was asleep when at home around 9:30 but as soon as I got him out of the car, he was awake (10am). He sat in his carseat most of the time. At one point, during my every 2 minutes check on him game, the lady was looking at me and holding him. I looked back and she was pointing to his diaper. He pooped. I went in and changed him (hadn’t left the bag with her) and put him back in his carseat. He was content. There were only 2 other little ones in there now. I finished my workout and picked him up. When I picked him up, she was holding him in the rocking chair, watching the View, and the other 2 kids were passed out in chairs next to her. Nick was happy. This will do for an hour at a time, but one worker per how many kids? I guess it doesn’t matter. The gym is dirt cheap and it isn’t that much time. Now the Y, do I cancel my membership there? Use my sister’s membership who is living in DC? They don’t have it together there at all, so I feel pretty confident they would never notice and I could still swim and take Nick swimming. I didn’t do that in the first place because it is wrong. But the Y is expensive and the whole daycare thing not working out is not worth paying for. What do you think??