SO and I both work full time 40 hrs(1st shift 7-3) and week and that's the amount of time our LO is in daycare. He's 3 months old. No family members can watch him. Only ones that could would've been our mothers but both are in heaven. My step mom works part time but dedicates her time to her Jehovah's witness studies and baby sits her 2 year old grandson. My dad works 1st shift. SO sometimes works 2nd shift but can't drop off our son because he has a 2 door truck that he may soon be loosing,(he's had the truck for many years and couldn't trade it in because his ex refuses to sign off on it) it'll be repo'd by the end of the month or beginning of Feb. We don't know what date since our phones have been shut off. my other son is 8 yrs old and is already getting child care assistance and so my co pay is only $34 a week since he's school age and the daycare bus takes him back and forth to and from school. Our baby is still on the waiting list and we have to pay privately. He's fee $150 a week. My work schedule is steady unlike SO's. He'll have off random days, but always on a sunday since his work is always closed those days and he'll have off one day during the week. I hope the daycare would understand, though I have my baby assigned full time but until he gets on the assistance I'd rather have him in less than 5 days a week when his dad has off a day in the week if possible without it being a problem. I only have weekends off. It's hard because people assume you'll have lots of money saved up during unpaid maternity leave and when you return to work depending on what day it lands on the week of payday, it'll be less of a paycheck the first week until the next. We both get paid bi weekly. I'll be earning less since I now have both kids on my medical insurance and it's $60 taken out of my net total. SO has crappy insurance, you have to pay out of your pocket til a certain amount and then be eligible for paying co pays. Don't ask, it sucks. Altogether with both kids it's costing me $184 a week. It's like paying for a second apartment, our rent is $750 a month. SO has been trying for months on end to look for a better paying job. I don't know for sure how much less we'll be paying once our baby gets the funds available for assistance, I didn't start my older child in daycare til he was 3 yrs old but that was before the recession.