Friday, July 29, 2005

Our nanny is wonderful

We had a very hard time finding a nanny. And we almost lost our current nanny. See this post for the full saga.

Our nanny is a real sanity saver! I probably would be crazy (or perhaps just more crazy) by now if it wasn't for her. The best thing about her is she takes everything in stride with a calm gentle cheeriness that fosters trust. Special K says "I want to marry [our nanny]." She has the patience and affection to make Little T love her. He's willing to laugh with anyone if I'm there, but on a bad day he screams loudly if I leave his side. Our nanny manages to convince him that his world won't end if I leave. She adores babies and he'll still be a baby for a while. She's not fazed by his feeding tube. If I leave her with just one child and I do that at least once a week for T's various appointments, she usually manages to get some cleaning done.

I haven't blogged about her as much as I'd like, but she just called me and asked for the start date of her employment for an apartment application. That makes me one of her employers on a piece of paper somewhere. So I think it's only fair that I get to blog about her.

April 18th was her start date. I hadn't realised it had been that long ago. It was just so much easier when Little T was in the hospital the last two times to be able to leave Special K with her. Special K will go with me to the hospital, but after several hours she gets bored and wants to be entertained. When our nanny was available, I could just spend the entire day at the hospital and focus on Little T. That was a godsend when Little T had sepsis and was in the ICU. Special K's pretty well behaved for a 3 year old, but healthy active little kids and ICUs do not mix.

I guess I'll have to think of a good blog name for our nanny. She's great, but not exactly Mary Poppins, (she's not English for one thing) so Mary isn't good. Will you give me some suggestions?

If you have a nanny, here's your chance to comment about her. If you don't, did you have a nonfamily caregiver that was important in your childhood?


SereneTabbie said...

Hmm.. When I was a kid our full time babysitter's name was Frenchy. She was a big, white haired French woman (big suprise there, eh?). Okay, so that wasnt her name it was just what we called her. In anycase, that's my suggestion, even if wonderful nanny X is not French :)

Thida said...

Welcome Serene Tabbie! Frenchy's a perfectly good name. Unfortunately I associate Frenchy with Frenchy's Chicken, a fast food joint near where a friend used to work.