I am in the same boat. My 19 month old is in daycare, and while we love his center, the sickness factor feels like it's getting a little out of control. Last winter was rough too, and I was hoping with him being a little older this year we'd be better off.
Starting in November, we had 2 bouts of bronchiolitis with ear infections, pnuemonia (with ear infection) over Christmas, and then we went for our follow up after the Christmas illness, and he had - an ear infection! I feel like any time he's off antibiotics for a week he gets one again. So we finished the antibiotics on Friday/Sat... just in time for the stomach bug! yuck! not a fun weekend at my house. He's doing better now and luckily it was over the long weekend so we didnt have to miss work. I go back to the dr for a follow up to the last ear infection this week. I think I will ask about tubes to see if he thinks they are an option.
I also totally understand the juggling. My husband used to have more time off than me, so he would stay home more often, and if it was longer than a day we'd switch off or get a grandmother involved. I think soon I will be the one taking more days since my husband started a new job. Luckily they are flexible. And soon the weather will start to get nicer, and the kids will be outside more which I think helps.
Hope everyone's kiddos are feeling better soon!!