Tatum ready for the holidays! (& a side note on nannying)
“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,' returned the nephew. 'Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and willdo me good; and I say, God bless it!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
1. Tatum has been a spoonful of sugar recently with an extra side of spice..yet I wouldnt have it any other way. At 17 months she is marching to her own drum, saying "tank-tou" (thank-you), doing "cheers" with her sippy cup to my coffee mug, waving hello and goodbye, getting decent at water-coloring and has a mild obsession with stickers at craft time. She has encouraged me in ways I wouldn't think a toddler could. She has shown me the importance of patience and simplicity.
often get told (to this day..after being full-time nanny for over 5 years)
-You really don't know what it's like to me a mom just yet...I mean babies wake up in the middle of the night.
-You honestly don't know what its like to deal with a sick baby.
-You will be surprised how much energy your going to loose.
-You don't know how many diapers they go through and the formula...
I mean the list truly goes on..I would simply rather not bore your soul/mind continuing on. SO my very quick response to every single person (whose developed some sort of comment as to why I somehow don't possibly know what it's like.....)
The only aspect of motherhood I have not experienced is physically carrying a baby in my womb, breastfeeding and and ALAS giving actual birth.
Let me list/clarify a few experiences nannys (such as myself) have dealt with/ know about since a slew of people (seem to think otherwise).
- Staying 3 weeks with a toddler 24/7 while family is on vaca.....so yes there were nightly wakings, tantrums, bath times, dinner preps, laundry and housekeeping on the side.
-Tummy time/black and white pictured flash cards/baby wraps/ slings/ boppys
-Knowing exactly what pacis/bottles/sippy cups/diapers/bibs/food and clothing are organic and appropriate at every age. Also the fact that carters brand clothes run small so never put them in the dryer. Also to only use dreft for newborn and baby clothes to prevent an allergic reactions.
-having children throw up in car seats while running errands and knowing how to clean it up and handle it without the world wondering whats up.
-Routine baths/outings to parks/getting children to school on time in the morning/ getting lunch boxes made and ready to go/ carpick up lines at schools/getting kids to dance,soccer,and every other extracurricular activity.
- cuddles in the middle of the nights due to teething and colds.
I long for the day when caretakers will be appreciate, acknoledged, and not undermined. We are shaping future generations and aiding their every moves. Lets be positive and foremost uplisting.