Looking for a nanny

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I am half engaged in a process of looking for a nanny.  I say "half engaged" because I cannot fully engage.  It is about the last thing on earth I want to be doing.  I just want the perfect Nanny to show up.  When I was pregnant with Maxie, I was positive I wanted a daycare for him and not a nanny.  Something about leaving my baby alone with just one other adult playmate in my house sounded entirely not stimulating.  Daycare sounded like fun!  Other age appropriate playmates and always something going on.  With Mo, the answer is a nanny: because I am going to be at home working and because I don't plan on leaving this kid's side or with anyone other than his dad or grandparents this year if I don't have to.  But, I do need someone to help me while I am working.  Someone to take care of Mo, feed him when he is older, change diapers, hold him, watch over him and help me with some light "housework" (emptying the dishwasher and doing some laundry).  So, I'm putting it out there (here): I need someone M-F from about 8 or 9 am - 1 or 2 pm.  I live in Burbank, CA...very close to Glendale, in the Rancho Equestrian neighborhood.  A few friends have already been helping me out (Thanks Amy, Jess and Bianca) and I have interviewed a couple of nice ladies who just weren't quite right.  I'd really love someone who had CPR/First Aid certification but I will gladly pay for the class for the right person.  I'm looking for someone sweet and understanding.  They should probably know upfront what our family story is because the right person will be empathetic and gentle with this broken bunch.  The right person will understand that they will be sharing Mo's care with his mommy.  My house is tiny and I will always be right there.  Anyway, if you have any hot leads - you know where to find me.  I go back to work at the end of October.  Mo and I are really enjoying spending time just the two of us for now.  He is just delicious!

6 comments:

Susan Ireland said...

Hi Abby - I always had nannies for Catherine. I liked the 1 to 1. Small babies don't necessarily need playmates - just love and care and stimulation, and as Mo gets older there will be plenty of music classes and so on for him to enjoy. I totally understand why you feel as you do. It took me a long while before I could even let my husband take M out of the house. Even now, she has only really been looked after by me, my husband and a handful of trusted friends who have never had her for more than an hour.



Obviously don't know anyone suitable for your post!! (Had a look on the map - we live a long way from each other!) I'm not sure if the language is just different in the States - but in the UK, this post would be better advertised as a "Mother's Help". The distinction is around how much responsibility the nanny has. A sole-charge Nanny would generally be expected to take over from the mother in all aspects whilst on duty (eg deciding on activities, planning meals etc) , whilst a mother's help is more closely supervised - so mum might be around, or only go out for a few hours, and would still be in charge. Mother's help are usually cheaper and less experienced - but I wonder if they might suit you better - as an experienced sole charge nanny might find the set up you're describing as a bit difficult as they used to more autonomy. Not sure if that translates to your employment market or not!

robyn said...

i hope you find someone great.

Maxie's Mommy said...

Yes. I am looking for a Mother's helper. In fact, the ladies I've interviewed who werent "quite right" were not right for this reason. They wanted more autonomy than I want to give them. I'll be right here. I was looking at first for a Mothers Helper and not finding that title anywhere. I started wondering if I made that up. Now I am wondering if maybe some Bristish friend used the term with me. But, indeed, that is exactly what I am looking for.

Anita said...

I am in your area

Anita said...

I am in the area, I have a CPR Certificate, I've been follow your blog for a while now and I love the little ones. How can I get a hold of you?

stephanie said...

abby, i just got the name of someone for another friend who ended up not needing her...where can i send you her info?

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