The Exploits of a Nanny

Taking the pain May 14, 2007

Filed under: baby behavior,nanny issues,the apartment,the bad — S @ 7:03 pm

My neck, chest, and bossom (or is it the plural bossoms?  This is a hot topic in the apartment) take quite a beating while I’m rocking Liz to sleep.

Yes, she cannot yet put herself down, and she’s still sleeping in her swing.  It’s not what I would chose, but I respect the parent wishes.  I don’t think it’s horrible either.  She’ll learn in her own time.  Besides, she’s going to grow out of that swing soon, and then a new situation will have to be found and she will have to adjust.

Ok, back to the topic at hand.  Liz likes to slap, claw and pinch me in an attempt to keep herself awake.  Ouch.  But what can I do?  She doesn’t know that she’s hurting me.  She doesn’t really understand that concept yet.  At least her mom has started trimming her nails more.  There were a few weeks where it was really painful.  I do what I can to discourage her, and try and at least get the concept across that she shouldn’t do that, but it often helps keep her awake.  Grrr…

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Nanny Hell May 9, 2007

Filed under: nanny moments,out and about,the bad,the good — S @ 7:49 pm

How you know when you’re in nanny hell.

When you have cramps, need to pee so badly you think you might have a situation on your hands, are staving because it’s after 2 and you still haven’t had a chance to eat lunch, and have two cranky, cranky babies who are hungry and tired but are refusing to eat or sleep.

How you know the nanny gods hate you.

When you found out that same morning that one of your families is moving to Seattle and you job has suddenly become very uncertain.

You truly are in the deepest darkest inner circles of hades when…

You carry two still tired and cranky babies (because they didn’t sleep long enough) down three flights of stairs, bundle them into the stroller only to discover there’s not enough room to get between the cars to get the stroller out and have to carry two, even more cranky, babies back up three flights of stairs.

But you’re back in heaven again…

watching your babies’ faces as they discover the joys of swinging.

 

Falling Down March 8, 2007

Filed under: nanny issues,the bad — S @ 3:29 pm

On Monday I fell down a flight of stairs.  I slipped on a patch of ice stepping off of the porch at Cana house, and landed hard on my thigh and then again on my hip before coming to rest on the ground.  There were about 8 or 9 steps, so I guess I’m lucky I didn’t break anything.  I’m also lucky that I didn’t land on my back.  But Tuesday was a really bad day for me.  It hurt to move.  It hurt to get up and down off the floor which is something I do constantly during the day.  It also hurt to go up and down the stairs.  I carry the girls on the hip that I landed on, and it’s hard to break old habits.  I have the most massive bruise ever.  It’s bright purple.  Yesterday I only had Liz, so that made it alot easier, and I wasn’t in nearly as much pain.  The problem wasn’t even so much my hip and thigh as it was general achiness and tense muscles, or maybe it was just a combination of all of it.
It made me think about what would happen if I did seriously injure myself.  I wouldn’t be able to care for the girls if I broke a bone.  There’s just no way.  So then what?  It’s not a pleasant thought, and it’s making me think more seriously about health insurance.  I’m making enough money to afford it, but it’s SO expensive.  So far I’ve just put it off, but in the back of my mind I think I’ve been planning on just not having it.  My dad’s a doctor, as well as my sister and brother, so unless I need hospital treatment, I don’t really need insurance.  But it could happen, and if I can’t pay for it, then I’m in trouble.  Serious trouble.  I love being a nanny, but that’s one area of the job that sucks.

 

My V-day present February 14, 2007

Filed under: my roommates,the bad — S @ 3:24 pm

The girl’s Valentine’s day present to me was totally deviating from their usual patterns, only sleeping 1 hour each TOTAL before 5:00, being cranky alot, and not sleeping at the same time at all. My nerves are fried. Literally, I’d finally cox Rose to sleep, and just as she finally closed her eyes for good, I’d hear Liz wake up. Both girls wouldn’t go to sleep at all unless I used my entire bag of tricks. My back and arms hurt from holding one or the other of them almost constantly. I’m ready to go home and enjoy the V-day dinner Becca’s making. At least I’m getting something nice today! Oh, and I guess it’s nice that they finally went to sleep around the same time at 5:10, so at least I get 20 minutes of peace, oh never mind! Liz’s waking up!

 

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.

 

Sigh January 23, 2007

Filed under: baby behavior,the bad — S @ 3:07 pm

It’s 2 and I’m getting my first real break of the day and trust me it won’t last long. I took about 15 minutes to make and eat lunch earlier when Rose was still awake. I had her in her bouncy chair down in the kitchen with me. I also made her a bottle during those 15 minutes and she had about 3.5 ounces before she was completely passed out and wouldn’t eat anymore. So I took her down to her crib. She woke up! She was totally wide awake again. Now I know this girl’s tired, because she only slept for 30 minutes and has been up for almost 3 hours. This has been Rose all day. I DO NOT WANT TO SLEEP. You know what she’s been doing to keep herself awake? Screaming. A loud piercing screech. So of course if I’m trying to put Liz down and Rose’s at all tired, it’s nearly impossible to get Liz to sleep. I feel a bit like ripping my hair out. Ah, there’s Liz waking up. Time for some sweet potatoes.

 

Life is good January 17, 2007

Filed under: nanny moments,the bad,the good — S @ 3:03 pm

Liz just slept for an hour and 15 minute and Rose’s still sleeping. Liz is always so much happier when she sleeps for over an hour at a time. Yeah for happy babies. Last night we had a stressful 15 minutes when both girls decided the had to be feed RIGHT NOW and then their crying fed off of each other and they wouldn’t calm down to even to eat, and feeding two babies at once is hard!