Super Nanny

Okay, so she’s not really Harrison’s nanny, per se, but she is super. Late last summer, David and I began the search for someone to care for Harrison once I went back to work. Through a great website, we found several well-qualified options. We interviewed them all (multiple times) and ended up deciding on a wonderful lady whose ideals and values closely matched ours. I think what brought it home for me was her awesome schedule she had her own son on. David and I borrowed a lot from the babywise philosophy, and we wanted someone who at the very least would follow our wishes for Harrison.
Well, fast forward 8 months, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. I know everyone has different things they look for in a care provider, but our priorities were:
1.) Experience: We did get some ridiculous responses in our search for Harrison’s care provider. One 18-year-old insisted she had plenty of experience since she’d watched her little brother since he was 2 (and he was now 10). Hmm, let me think about that…
2.) CPR/first aid certified and trained: Not only is our provider certified and trained in both, she use to be a life guard and is an excellent swimmer. This is awesome since the summer months are creeping up, and Harrison will be enjoying some pool time.
3.) Has a passion for children: This may sound like a no-brainer, but we did interview some very qualified people who just seemed like they were in it because they were a parent of an infant at one time and thought this would be a good way to make some money.
4.) Limited numbers: I did NOT want to take Harrison to a day care. There are some excellent ones out there, but I truly believe the only way to find someone who followed our parenting philosophy and would give Harrison the attention he needed would be someone who wasn’t responsible for an additional 6-8 children. Sometimes Harrison is the only child there besides our provider’s son, and at most there is 1-2 other little ones around. This is great because he gets plenty of attention and gets to interact with children close in age.
5.) Getting out and about: We knew we wanted Harrison to interact with others and get out and about to explore his world, and that is what he gets. Besides great play time inside, he enjoys many walks.
6.) Quality time: this piggy-backs on some other items, but this was critical. Harrison is spoiled, and in the best way possible. He gets read to, enjoys lots of floor time, gets to bounce around, does art projects (hey, his name is on them), and gets lots of lovings when Mommy and Daddy aren’t around. What more could we ask for?
7.) Communication: We don’t just get wonderful daily notes on what/when Harrison ate and how much and diaper changes, but we get emails and texts. This is wonderful for me. I am able to communicate with Harrison’s care provider almost immediately if I want to know something or if she wants to tell me something. This was key when we discovered Harrison’s excema a few months back. He was developing a rash and had a mild fever and when I took him to his pediatrician, I was able to answer all her questions because our wonderful provider had written every detail down and emailed me. David’s mom (our resident pediatrician) said it is so nice to get the notes we get. So many parents bring their kids into her office after work and can’t answer questions about feedings and diapers because they weren’t with them. That’s not something we have to worry about.
Anyway, I just had to gush about Harrison’s wonderful care taker. He goes to her Monday-Thursday, and while I am a mommy and always wonder about him, I know I never have to worry about the care he’s getting. And that is the best feeling a mother could have.

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