Well, I know where the time goes. It goes on feeding and playing on the floor, and in washing bottles and pumping gear, and doing laundry, and walking, and pumping, and shopping, and sleeping, and bouncing, and singing, and cooking, and talking, and laughing, and dancing, and...doing all that again. It's wonderful but its also so mundane. I have started to have twinges of thinking that spending some time at work might be not so bad, although not as much time as it probably takes to do my job. I've agreed to go back in mid May, and the nanny search is on. Boy is it hard to choose someone who is going to look after your child.
The current candidates are
- A 48-year-old Mary Poppins type, very clear on what she thinks about things (in a nice way) and someone that Pob reacted very well to instantly. Only problem with her? She is really large and struggled with our stairs - we live in one of those up-and-down London houses with 5.5 floors and lots and lots of stairs. We spend most of our family time in the basement, and Pob's nursery is on the 4th floor. So stairs are a part of our life. I also couldn't quite imagine her on the floor at Gymboree doing the songs with Pob. Might be uncharitable, but there you go.
- A 26-year-old Kiwi who has just arrived in the UK. She has a degree in early childhood development and has worked for 2 families in New Zealand. She has rave reviews from the most recent family. She showed us some of the scrapbook pages she made for the little boy in that family - photos of activities with a description of what he was doing and what he was learning - e.g., "We went to see the penguins at the zoo. When we got home X wanted to make an iceberg so we got an old milk crate a white blanket, then we cut out and coloured some penguins to go on the iceberg. Then X wanted to know what it felt like to be cold, so we went into the kitchen and made some ice." Lovely stuff. Only challenge with her? She is really shy so we met her for an hour and neither H nor I warmed to her because she was just so nervous and couldn't really hold a conversation. I can see from what she showed us and her reference that she's great with children, but we didn't get to see that in her. She would be live-in, so we have to decide that we can live with her, as well.
We may just not have seen the right candidate yet. We'll see someone else on Monday and then reflect some more.
Hmm this post has gone in a different direction from that I intended. Pob is six months later this week and is doing all sorts of exciting stuff. More about that anon.