We’ve gone through several different childcare arrangements with K and D! In summary, we’ve done SAHM, WAHD, Grandmacare, and preschool – although we tried unsuccessfully to find a nanny at one point. Now for the long version:
Back when K was born, I worked full time (outside the home with a longish commute), and took 3 months maternity leave. Since Mr. T worked at home running his company, when I returned to work he took over morning childcare duties. My MIL would come in the late morning to switch with him so he could get some work done. I worked an early schedule (6am – 2:30pm) out of the house before the boys were up, and with traffic was normally home between 3:30 – 4pm. I would relieve my MIL and then have K for most of the evening while Mr. T worked, often late into the night. This worked pretty well, although my MIL sometimes wouldn’t be able to come until the early afternoon, so Mr. T had to always keep his schedule flexible. We planned to enroll K in some kind of part-time preschool after he turned 2, to give Mr. T some more dependable work hours, and to give K the benefits of school (socializing, structure, crafts, etc). D ended up arriving a few days before K’s birthday, so we scrapped those plans as we dealt with other, bigger changes in our life!