I will start by saying I cannot provide more information as we won't know exactly the situation for another week or two, but I would like to have a plan of attack in place as I will likely have very little time to execute. I am not looking for definitive answers, just maybe more like guidance on what to try once I have the dates and all the relevant information.
Here's the situation:
- husband is full time dad to our 8 month old
- I work 100% and we just get by on my salary
- hubby is likely to go in for back surgery in the next 4 weeks which will put him out of Mr. Mom duties for about 6-8 weeks
- I have 4 weeks vacation time still on the books
I need to figure out options for short term child care while he recovers. I plan to take at least 2 weeks off myself as he will need help too, and could take all 4 weeks I have but that means I still can't cover the entire time he needs to not be chasing after the little guy and we would not be able to do any travel in our time here which would be sad.
Other than posting on EF for short term nanny, I'm at a loss for what to do. No family around or able to come help. Can't afford to take unpaid leave, or to pay someone thousands - how much would a nanny expect to be paid? Can I even do this without having to set up a full employer/employee relationship with the government - call it a babysitter instead of nanny position or something?
So stressed about this but hubby has been waiting 20 years to find someone who would/could operate on his back so we have to do it!
Any ideas/suggestions on options would be greatly appreciated. As hubby isn't allowed to work here, we never looked into child care options anywhere as it wasn't needed so all I know is most good places have 6 month wait lists...