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

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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.

 

cold, cold, cold January 29, 2007

Filed under: milestones,the bad — S @ 3:14 pm

Liz’s bottom two teeth finally broke through. It’s really really cold outside, and the upstairs is also really cold. I just want to curl up in bed and read and be warm. When is it going to be warm again. I want to take the girls out on walks again.