About a year ago, life changed in a big way for our family. No, I am not talking about the birth of our daughter… well, one thing led to another, I suppose. No, I am talking about the addition of a nanny to our family unit.
While pregnant with Tatum, it was clear to me that if another chickadee was going to join the nest, this mama needed some help! Still, I was reluctant to ask for assistance, and even more reluctant to really want another person floating around in our midst. Although this person was only going to work part-time for us, being a stay-at-home mom, I realized I would need to like this individual, as well as respect him or her.
As a first step, we enlisted the help of a tried and true nanny placement service to help us find our very own Mary Poppins. We went about our search, meeting various people who looked great on paper, realizing that no matter how great someone’s resume was, we were looking for someone who would just “click” with our family. I had been advised by a veteran-nanny-searching-parent that “with the right person, it won’t feel strange to have someone in your home”. So, like finding a mate, chemistry obviously plays a big part in finding a nanny. After a few missed connections with nannies from the service, I began to wonder if we would, in fact, find someone. Already the baby was born and we were still searching with no great leads on the horizon… Then, as luck or fate would have it, the perfect person fell into our life at the perfect time. We spent a few weeks gingerly feeling around the edges of this new relationship, wondering if this person might like us as much as we liked her. Thankfully, the rest is history.
We think you are wonderful and feel so lucky to know you. Thank you for all that you do to keep our family moving forward. You are flexible and kind and have mixed right into our chaos. You add order to our mess and fun to our routine. Because of you, I know my way around our ironing board (whereas before I didn’t even know where it was). Our laundry is washed, folded, and put away (often on the same day)! You are the extra set of hands that allow me to hold my baby and not feel guilty that the dishes haven’t been done. You are the board that I bounce ideas off of and you keep me accountable with all the projects I take on. Your refreshingly frank nature means that you usually mention if you think my methods could use a little tweaking. You are teaching me that it is okay to ask for help. I trust, respect, and like you… The kids love you. We love you. Thank you. You don’t know how much this means to our family.
Love, The Poole Family
This has been a pivotal year for all of us. It speaks to growth, change, and adaptability. Our family is larger now, not by one, but by two. This is not a forever situation. There will come a day (sooner than I would like), when our nanny will move on with her own life. The relationship will change, but my hope is that she will stay a part of our family. By total chance, we found someone who has grown to love us as much as we love her. We feel so lucky.