I found her remarks funny, and those of use around the table who had kids in daycare (about four of us), gave her no end of grief for her comments.
As you know, Katherine and Caroline are in daycare. There are many reasons why Terri and I are happy with the situation:
1) We have no choice. We live in a part of California where we do not have the luxury of being a single-income household. Not if we want to pay the mortgage and eat dinner every night!
2) Terri and I both enjoy our careers. We are parents first, of course, but we both really enjoy our jobs. I could conveivably make more money doing another line of work, but I just have too much fun at my job. And Terri loves her work, as well, and is not ready to give it up full-time (as it is, she's cut down to part-time, so she spends two days a week with the girls, allowing them to go to daycare only part-time).
3) Daycare is fun for the girls. They love to look around, watch the other babies, and are always happy when we drop them off and pick them up. They even have friends, like their friend Sophie, shown here:
Caroline, Sophie, and Katherine at DayCare
4) The girls are getting "exposed." I'm no doctor, but I believe that having the girls exposed to a less than sterile environment will ultimately help them in the long run. Sure, they will have a few more sniffles, colds, and coughs, but in the long run, it will help build up their immunity.