No More Nanny
When our nanny resigned she had given us a few weeks notice – the equivalent of 5 of her working days.
The first day she missed due to car problems.
Her second day she proceeded to essentially ignore Baby MPB. I spent my entire day going to check on them as things just didn’t sound right. It turns out when I told her needs to go down for a nap at about 10:30, she put him down at 9:30 so she could study. The kid wasn’t tired so he screamed. This happened again in the afternoon. Later in the day I asked her to try to feeding him a 20 minutes early as I was taking him out with me at the end of her working day and wanted to try feeding him before I left. Well she started feeding him a full hour early and there was no way he was going to eat so he just screamed as she continually shoved the bottle in his mouth (we aren’t big fans for force feeding our son and clearly he is also not a fan).
Up until now she’s been awesome, so I’ve been a bit surprised by her. I suspect she’s just checked out of the job as her focus is probably on her exams and her upcoming world travels.
But as an employer, I was definitely not happy. And as a mother, I was deeply annoyed, I want better for my son and when I’m paying for it I expect better.
So, with only 3 of her working days left, Mr. MPB and I began talking about letting her go early even though we don’t have someone else lined up. Honestly, I just don’t feel the need to pay someone to neglect Baby MPB.
As we were discussing our options over the weekend we got a text that explained she had to miss her last two days. Which left us with 1 day.
Needless to say, we politely told her not to come for the 1 remaining day.
We’ve been searching for and interviewing nannies non-stop for the last few weeks. I’m now registered on a few different nanny websites hoping to widen our prospects. Of the ones we’ve interviewed so far, some had great potential but were clearly very afraid of our dog. And, the dog isn’t going anywhere and part of the job is to take her for walks. So, anyone who is afraid of her simply wont work for our family. We found 1 awesome nanny but she was very upfront that she’s still looking for a summer job in her area of academic pursuit, and she has now secured a paid summer internship which she clearly cannot turn down. Every other nanny we’ve interviewed has been a complete dud. Tonight we have 3 more interviews lined up so I’m desperately hoping one of them is perfect.
So, we are officially in the juggling mode. Working, parenting, interviewing nannies all the while trying to maintain our sanity.
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