Congrats on your pregnancy! I am in the same boat as I am due in just over a week and will only be home until some time in February. We are using an in-home sitter who charges $35 a day, which is roughly $700 a month. She is licensed through the state and all of the teachers in my district who use her (including my best friend) love her. She only has 5 kids, which makes me very happy. We looked around for a while and hoped to have family do it, but it just didn't work out. However, both my dad and my mil are our emergency sitters when we need them. Good luck!!