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Old 04-15-2011, 06:26 AM
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What do you do when you have doctors appointments? Do you have an assistant watch them? Your DH? A family member?

Soon I'll have one full time and 2 pt. I had the parents sign a permission to transport form so I can take the one full timer with (and my 3 yr old son) so I'll just have to schedule for days I don't have the PT-ers.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:29 AM
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My DH is my secondary provider and up until now he's stayed with them when I had appts--I schedule my appts for his day off (thursday) during naptime. As of this week though, his schedule changes and his day off is on Friday. Of course, my provider's office isn't open on Friday and my sister is having a baby any day now (maybe even today!) so she can't watch them. Luckily, the office is open late on Wednesday so I can have the rest of my appts then, after DH gets home. Only one more two-week appt, and then all one-weekers! Baby's getting close
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:34 AM
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Yeah my full timer is here 8-5 and the docs office is only open those exact hours. No late days. Parents are ok with me bringing him, and I'm not opposed to bringing him either, really until the end where they do internals I wouldn't want him to be there. Also it's the same office the mom uses. I might have a family member come over if I get more FT kids.... just haven't told that particular family member I'm pregnant yet.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:34 AM
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And my dbf would have to be cpr/first aid certified. Which... I'm not sure he'd be willing to spend all day dong that.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:59 AM
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I had my mom stay with the kids for my appts.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:11 AM
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I'm not open on Fridays, so I schedule all my midwife appointments for Fridays, along with any other appointments that I/my kids have.
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My mom watches the kids and I schedule all appts at 1 pm so all the kids have just gone to bed and since its the first afternoon appt I don't end up waiting too long to see my doctor. I also asked her at my first ob appt how far appt she would like me to sched and I sched a couple appts ahead of time so that unless something unforseen comes up I know my next 3 months appts now.

Also, I try to look ahead to vacay schedules and do it when most kids are off and then offer a free no-charge day off to the one that doesnt otherwise take days off. That way I can do the appts and have a day off without kids and they dont have to pay so they seem less stressed about it.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:54 AM
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When I was pregnant with my second child and I took a dcb and a daughter with me every time I go to the doctor for checking up. I have the parents' permission and I have no problem at all.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:01 AM
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When I was pregnant with my second child and I took a dcb and a daughter with me every time I go to the doctor for checking up. I have the parents' permission and I have no problem at all.
Great! I'm glad I'm not the only one doing this.

And my doctors office is less than half a mile away, so really, we'd be back in under an hour I'd assume. I plan to do the appointments in the morning, probably after breakfast, maybe at 9:30 or so? They have a nice play area and I'd bring toys for the actual doctors office. I also have a close friend of the family who works there who watched my son while they delivered the news of my miscarriage last time.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:03 AM
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reading this makes me scared when i become pregnant (the summer hopefully). I have NO ONE to fill in for me. I only watch 2 kids plus my own 2 year old. Soon i hope to fill in 2 spots. But i have no family(on my side) here by i do have sister in laws but they have their own kids. I just don't know what i'll do . I'm sure my Husbands job won't appreciate him taking off all the time. hmmm something for me to think about.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:10 AM
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Then most likely you'd have to a. make sure parents can pick up early or drop off late on certain days (or take a full day off) or b. hire an assistant to come in for your appointments.
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reading this makes me scared when i become pregnant (the summer hopefully). I have NO ONE to fill in for me. I only watch 2 kids plus my own 2 year old. Soon i hope to fill in 2 spots. But i have no family(on my side) here by i do have sister in laws but they have their own kids. I just don't know what i'll do . I'm sure my Husbands job won't appreciate him taking off all the time. hmmm something for me to think about.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:16 AM
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Then most likely you'd have to a. make sure parents can pick up early or drop off late on certain days (or take a full day off) or b. hire an assistant to come in for your appointments.
i don't make enough money to hire an assistant. I only watch 2 kids at the moment. I've had an ad on Craigslist for over a month and not a hit yet
Will figure something out. But A is probably the best right now.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:27 AM
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reading this makes me scared when i become pregnant (the summer hopefully). I have NO ONE to fill in for me. I only watch 2 kids plus my own 2 year old. Soon i hope to fill in 2 spots. But i have no family(on my side) here by i do have sister in laws but they have their own kids. I just don't know what i'll do . I'm sure my Husbands job won't appreciate him taking off all the time. hmmm something for me to think about.
Depending on where you live, you could always use a midwife instead of an OB--I think some midwives make house calls.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:19 AM
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I am happy to see that a lot of you guys use your DH's as backups! My hubby works for the police so has all sort of different shifts so this would be doable for me! Did you just ask the parents or tell them in the interview- and did any of the parents have a hard time with it?
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:22 AM
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I am happy to see that a lot of you guys use your DH's as backups! My hubby works for the police so has all sort of different shifts so this would be doable for me! Did you just ask the parents or tell them in the interview- and did any of the parents have a hard time with it?
Because up until now DH has worked a split shift (5 hours in morning, 4 hours at home, 5 hours in evening) and had one weekday off each week, he's my "official" secondary provider, so parents have always known about it in the interviews. From here on (we had to switch him to a normal 8-hr shift--not by choice) I'll still make it crystal clear to parents during interviews that DH is my FULL assistant and when he's here he does as much for the daycare as I do--and that includes staying with everyone while I run out in the afternoon for appts, errands, whatever, or taking off half a day when I'm sick, anything like that.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:58 PM
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I have thought about this. I was pregnant but also had a miscarriage last month. Luckily for me, my doctor has evening appointments one night per week. Most of my appointments could be scheduled then. Other appointments that required US or things like glucose testing, etc. could only be done during the day. I planned to use my DH (who is also my official back up) but I was worried that his boss wouldn't understand and would eventually become annoyed at the arrangement. I could never take my dcks with me because I have 6 kids ages 10 months-4 years and they won't even sit still for a whole story these days.
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:31 AM
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I have an assistant who does backup. My husband is a very, very last resort. Hes perfectly capable and the parents all know him well but if I was a daycare mom, I would not be okay with someone's husband taking over all the time. Thats just me. If I am gone, I try and schedule it during nap time or at the very end of the day which are the easiest times for the assistant or my husband to take over. If you are pregnant, I think it might be for the best to have some sort of reliable backup that is NOT your husband. Its best to be prepared should an emergency happen with the baby during daycare hours.
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:28 PM
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Missani, so sorry for your loss

My provider's office is 2 hours away, so taking kids with me isn't feasible. Luckily they are open til 8, so I make my appts for 7:30 and it works out fine. I did have one time I had no other choice but to make a daytime appt, but I gave my families 4 weeks notice and everyone was fine.
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