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01/23/2014

Belle

Sabine helped me study yesterday. :)

Sabine helped me study yesterday. 🙂

This is going to be a really quick post because I’m not paying for a Nanny so I have more time to blog (SADLY!)

We have hired a Nanny, Ms. A, to come to our home every Thursday and take care of Sabine so I can study and get to my night classes on time since the Professor works late. Last week was our “get to know us” day and I spent the entire day hanging out with Ms. A and showing her the ropes with Sabine. This week they are “flying solo” so I can finish up my reading and study for tonight’s test.

Thursday schedule from now on will look like this:

  • 9 a.m. Ms. A arrives.
  • 9:15 a.m. I leave to meet with my practice client (more on this later)
  • 10:30 I return home to nurse Sabine (she still will not take a bottle) and then hand her off to Ms. A.
  • I will spend the rest of the day in the house studying and practicing  while Ms. A takes care of my kid.

I gotta say, it’s pretty weird being in the house and not taking care of my baby. I miss her so much even though she is 20 feet away. It is also amazing, though, to know my only responsibility right now aside from studying is to step in every two hours or so and nurse my baby. One day, should she ever take a bottle, I should be able to leave for the entire day and study at the library.

Today was the first time Sabine went down a nap and woke up to someone other than myself or daddy. I was so worried that she would be distressed. Instead I walked in and found Ms. A sitting on the floor with a happy, smiling Sabine. AND she was dressed in an outfit and had a matching hair bow on! I so thankful we are able to do this once a week and that we have found a caretaker who seems to be a great fit for my household. Added benefit, she likes our cat circus!

What have you done about childcare? Has anyone else used a Nanny? We will be switching to daycare once I graduate and start working (sadly I could never afford a full-time NYC nanny). Any tips on daycare selection?

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  1. January 23, 2014

    Hi! I love “hearing” from you, and I’m so sorry the plague hit y’all like that. Just terrible. We are using daycare. I toured facilities and met teachers, and when I met D’s current teacher, I knew it was just right. We have in room cameras and all the teachers correspond using Baby Connect which is AWESOME. I know what he’s doing all the time. It was most important for me that they follow my schedule. Now that D’s older, we can’t control it as much because he’s about to go to the young toddler room :(.

    I think the most important thing is that you’re comfortable with who’s watching your child, and that those people mirror your schedule and your way of parenting, at least as much as a daycare can 🙂

  2. nonsequiturchica #
    January 23, 2014

    Izzy will be going to daycare in a short month (sob). A lot of people said to go with your gut and we did. There are lots of sites that have questions for you to ask providers but they all have to follow state DCF mandates so a lot of the answers will be the same.

    Have you tried to have someone else feed Sabine a bottle while you are out of the house? I know her weight is down from being sick but if you are out of the house long enough she isn’t going to starve herself if there is milk in a bottle. That sounds harsh but I can’t imagine not being able to get away for more than two hours at a time (or nursing in public- haven’t done that yet either).

  3. jak #
    January 23, 2014

    my baby (same age as sabine) loves his daycare mom. and we love her. i work from home 2 days a week with the baby at home with me so i can nurse him instead of pumping and so we can get some extra time together (this is kind of getting hard to do though, but i wont go into it) but 3 days a week (or more if i really need), he’s with her and some 2 year olds and having a blast.

    anyway, haha, about her not taking the bottle……. you’ll be surprised what a good daycare provider can get your kid to do that you cannot or that you think they will not do. our daycare mom always reminds me of this when i say, “oh, he doesn’t do X.” or “he’ll never tolerate Y.”… and she’s always right when she says she’ll get him to do it/tolerate it. sabine will take a bottle. maybe not from you, but she’ll take one when she gets hungry enough and a competent care provider is offering one! or i’ll eat my hat.

  4. January 23, 2014

    we had a nanny come into our home for the first 3 months of jackson’s life while i went to clinicals. she was our angel! she had such patience and loved our little man like her own. sadly, we also could not afford her forever and we’re now doing an in home day care, but i loved that for a few months he was sheltered from others’ germs and rough older kids! glad you found someone you like and trust!

  5. January 24, 2014

    We’ve just started family daycare. Four kids maximum, in carers home, council accredited scheme. It makes me feel ill I wish I never had to do it. But so far, it’s going quite well. We’ve done full length days with me away none, then two hours, then four hours, with his carer getting him down for a nap in 10 minutes flat. I found childcare centres too intimidating, a little too gulag at this age.

  6. January 24, 2014

    This sounds like a great nanny schedule to ease into child care. We have used a part-time nanny since my son was 11 weeks old (now he’s 13 months). She cares for him in her home because she has two children of her own, so it’s easier for her. She lives a mile away from us so it’s pretty easy on us too. When I was researching daycare vs. nanny I found that there was NO price difference in my area (Chicago). If you take into account the overhead of a daycare center I guess it’s not that surprising. Plus there were too many scheduling restrictions and limited part-time spots in daycare centers. Our nanny is way more flexible!

  7. January 26, 2014

    I’m so glad you found someone that fits your family. I hope it continues to go well.

    Did you get my email with the sleep training ages? I hope it helped.

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