So yesterday on our lunch breaks, Justin and I went to visit Andrea, the in-home day care provider who my friend uses. The visit went very well. Andrea is very sweet, and you can tell that the babies like her a lot. Hosey will get his/her own little drawer in the dresser where she keeps all of their extra clothes, etc., and Hosey will get his/her own crib. She has five cribs, and several bouncy seats, a few exersaucers (how does one spell that word?), the play things where the babies lay on their back and look up at the hanging toys, and a nice little foam block playing area where the babies play in the afternoons.
She only keeps babies until they are 12 months old, so everything is catered to infants. It's definitely a fairly small space, but I think with infants, you don't need too much space (let's hope this holds true for our apartment...). The way she has it set up, she can sit with the babies who are awake in the bouncy seats or the exersaucers, and then in the next room, the sleeping babies are right at her fingertips if they wake up. Then in the afternoon, they all play together in the crib room with the foam block area. It's neat watching the babies interact with each other. When we went at 12:30, she had three babies there, two awake and one asleep. The two awake were sitting in bouncy seats and just giggling and staring at each other. But the moment one of them squawked, she scooped him out and held him. He immediately snuggled into her shoulder and you could tell that he liked her. She's hard not to like. Very bubbly and little. She speaks very quickly, and her accent is heavy enough that Justin had a little trouble catching everything she said, but I'm sort of used to it, so I got almost all of it.
In any case, we are going to send her a deposit check next week, and we'll have a spot saved for Hosey in February! I am still hoping that I will be able to work from home some, but it's nice to know that we have an option lined up that makes us comfortable.