The Exploits of a Nanny

New family May 22, 2007

Filed under: baby behavior,baby development,milestones,my man — S @ 1:20 am

Rose is leaving.  She’s moving to Seattle in August.  So we’re interviewing new families to find a replacement.  I met the first one (only mom and baby) today and they seem like the best match so far in terms of age, but I also found out that Rose’s end date is later than we thought it was going to be and 2 and a half months after this potential family’s desired start date.  Hum.

Rose started crawling last week.  She’s still getting good at it, but she can make it pretty well around the room…eventually.  Liz has started pulling herself up and she reached for me while her mom was holding her for the first time last week.  She’s started crawling over to me and trying to pull herself up on my legs which is very endearing.

Mike is going to be in Chicago Wednesday only a few miles away, and I don’t get to see him 😦   Friday…friday….friday

 

Back to blogging April 13, 2007

I tend to bounce back and forth between my blogs, so to catch up on the other side of my life, and to hear some fantastic news, go here.

So there’s alot to catch up on, and so many things I’ve thought of to blog about and then didn’t, so I think I’ll list some stuff, forget some stuff, and slowly catch up as things come to me.

Rose clapped and waved for the first time last week. It was very exciting. There have been a couple of times where all three of us have had clappingfests. Sitting in a circle all clapping our hands. It never lasts long, but it’s so cool to see the excitement on their faces.

Another moment I love is when the girls look up from their little circle of toys and realize there’s another baby sitting across from them. If they time it right, and both become aware of each other at the same time, they start talking to each other. Their little babble conversations are one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Liz is becoming much more mobile, but not actually crawling yet. She mostly rolls where she wants to go and then sits up. She just started sitting up on her own this week.

Two things need to happen soon, or I’m going to need to say something.  I’ve been told both things are going to happen repeatedly in the last month, but I come back the next day or after the weekend, and they’re still undone. Liz’s crib needs to be lowered, which right now isn’t really a problem while I’m here because she’s still not using it during the day, but that’s hopefully going to change soon, and I think her parents use it sometimes in the evenings.  She has the strength to pull herself up and now that she can sit up on her own, she could potentially fall out.  The second is a more immediate concern of mine because I’ve started getting really nervous every time I leave the girls alone upstairs to make a bottle or use the restroom.  Liz’s mobile enough that she could find her way over to the stairs and fall down them.  A very, very scary thought indeed.  I’ve started putting her in the exersauser or putting a really fat pillow in front of the entrance when I leave, but really, a gate should be put up.I get to try out the double stroller for the first time today! Yay for sun!

 

Signing and sitting up March 13, 2007

Music: Hey Jude by the Beatles

I had tentatively started using signs with the girls in the past month or so, but wasn’t sure about the timing. Was it too soon for it to be of any use? But I recently discovered a community of nanny bloggers (yippee!) Several of them talk about signing with their kids, and I asked Shel when she started and her response was 6 months. So I’m a little behind with Liz, but I don’t think it’s going to be much a problem. Today I started using the signs for hungry, tired, water, sleep, eat, no, finished, calm, and ILU. Getting them to make eye contact can be a challenge, and I’ve been more successful with finding times to use them with Liz, but it’s exciting. I do have some reservations, but they have nothing to do with childcare, maybe I’ll go into that another time.
Rose’s sitting up on her own! I still have to sit behind her in case she loses her balance, but it’s exciting. We’ve been working toward this for about a month now. She’s doing pretty well at correcting when she starts to lose her balance, but there are still times when she topples over.
Yesterday I was told for the first time that one of the girls looks like my child. On our walk a woman who was probably about 4-6 months pregnant told me that Rose looks like me. The was even after I had told her that I was only the nanny. My roommates thought it was because of the eyes; Rose and I both have big eyes with long lashes that sort of dominate the face. But hers are brilliant blue and mine are just plain brown.
It’s glorious today! Can’t wait for our walk.

 

Lean, mean, baby machine February 27, 2007

Filed under: baby behavior,baby development,milestones — S @ 8:45 pm

Rose turned 6 months old yesterday 🙂 She is in the 25 percentile for weight, but 75 percentile for height! She’s long and lean. Instead of sucking her thumb she sucks her index finger.

 

Syllables and job leads February 22, 2007

Music: Arms of a woman by Amos Lee

Liz has started saying syllables like “ba” and “ma”. And she uses the “ma” when she’s unhappy. The other day she was in her exersauser and I was feeding Rose a bottle, and Liz started getting fussy, and I swear she said “ma, ma” and was looking toward the stairs. It made me so sad. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t connect the “word” as a label for her mother, but that it’s more of an innate usage of the sound. I wonder why that is? She uses “ba” when she’s happy or excited. “BABABABABA”

Liz was fussy again today while I was giving Rose her bottle. I had tried to feed Liz to sleep, but she wasn’t taking kindly to the idea and after an ounce she refused to eat any more even though half an hour later she was hungry enough to eat 3 more ounces. She knew that if she kept eating she would go to sleep. It’s amazing the will power these babies have. So I set Liz down on the blankets, supplied her with plenty of her favorite toys, and made Rose a bottle. So Liz starts getting fussy, just like I knew she would, but she’s not all out wailing like I thought she might. Instead she was desperately trying to distract herself. She’s let out a couple half hearted wails and then pump her legs a couple times and tug at a toy then repeat. Awww…

Daily walks have started up again. They make the day much more manageable. Rose has started arching her back when she’s falling asleep and since I have her in a front carrier, it’s kind of a funny sensation to have her head arching into my chest. She also does this low, guttural, sustained gurgle when she’s tired to try and keep herself awake. It’s quite funny.

I’m often asked about the girls when I go on walks. Most people assume they are twins. I’ve started saying “thankyou” when people say they are beautiful and stead of being awkward. I guess I haven’t contributed to their beauty in any way, but I do feel a bit possessive of them. But seriously people. They’re both blond and blue eyed. I’m a dark brunette with brown eyes.

I passed a woman with a dog and two youngish children one day and she turned and seeing Liz in the stroller said “Oh! two babies.” See most people think that I’m an idiot and carry my baby in a packer, and push an empty stroller… I love looking like a dimwit. So back to the woman. I turned slightly, smiled and said “yep :)” and started walking again. She followed this with the exclamation “you look good!” I turned back a bit confused and said thanks. I was turning back toward my walk when I realized that she thought they were mine and that I had lost all my pregnancy weight already. I turned back saying “oh! they’re not mine”

Today another woman with her own baby in a carrier and also with a couple kids in tow struck up a sidewalk conversation with me, and upon finding out that I was their nanny, asked “is it all week?” I guess she knows someone with a one month old who wants someone for a few days a week. Nothing like getting leads on the job. Not that I’m looking to move away from my current job, it’s pretty near ideal, but it’s interesting how once you have a job, others seem to line up at your door.

I have Friday off because I’m going to Seattle this weekend, so tomorrow’s my last day this week. Yippee!

 

Celebrating the Warmth February 21, 2007

Filed under: baby development,nanny issues,the good — S @ 4:53 am

Today the girls and I got to go on a walk 🙂 Rose’s teething, and it makes her really uncomfortable. She also doesn’t want to sleep and gets really upset when she’s about to go to sleep. When we were on the walk and she was getting tired she started cooing to herself really loudly, and I thought it was pretty funny. She sounded so cute, and I didn’t have to feel bad about the noise the way I do sometimes in the condo because Liz’s mom is working. Speaking of Liz’s mom, she seems to be more tired recently. She’s just more quiet and not as communicative. I don’t really mind, I just feel bad for her, and hope it’s not something more serious. I still worry sometimes that there are things that I do that she doesn’t like, or times when she wonders “why is that baby still crying?” There are times when I have no choice but to let one of the girls be fussy for a little bit. I just have to make a judgment call about how “legit” their complaint is, and how fussy they’re being. Like for example, Liz doesn’t like to be alone, and is only ok with it if she’s in a very specific mood, so when I need to change Rose, I just have to let Liz fuss. She’s not in pain, she has all her needs meet, etc. She just doesn’t want to be alone/needs someone to keep her entertained. Same thing when I’m feeding Rose. Sometimes they both get tired or hungry at the same time and set each other off. Often they are tired at the same time, and the only way to get Liz down is to feed her a bottle, but Rose’s fussy because she feels herself going to sleep, but doesn’t want to, so I feed Liz a bottle downstairs so that Rose doesn’t distract her, and pray that Rose can self-sooth enough that I don’t have a real disaster on my hands. I have to assess the best way to handle the situation so that neither of them gets too upset, and often have to chose to let one be unhappy for a little bit. I try to anticipate them as much as possible as to avoid this situation, but there are times when no amount of anticipation can prevent these moments. You can’t make a baby go to sleep, and sometimes if Liz’s a little tired, seeing Rose get a bottle will set her off even if she’s not that hungry. It’s hard to let one of them cry. Usually I can create a situation where neither of them is all out crying, but the fussies are harder to totally eliminate.

 

Just Liz January 22, 2007

Filed under: baby development,the good — S @ 3:05 pm

Today Rose is with her grandma so it’s just Liz and me. I like being able to work with just one of the girls. I can focus in on them better and I notice more things. Like how much babies can learn by having a few toys in front of them. Like today Liz was figuring out that if you have two toys, one in each hand, and you want to hold one of them with both hands, you have to put the other one down. She was also able to get a toy that was almost out of reach without falling over, a feat for her. She also started bouncing in her “exersauser” today. Before she’d only sit in it and play with the things on the sides and get bored quickly. You should have heard her laugh while she bounced. It’s amazing to watch kids discover new things. The wonderment they express is contagious. I want to look at the world like that and be amazed by the simple joys one experiences in life.