A Day In The Life- Day Eight

 Hi friends! Today’s prompt for day eight of the October blogging challenge is a Day In the Life. Lucky for me, I wrote a similar post not too long ago, and since not much has changed, I’ve decided to link it here.

Hope you all have a wonderful day friends, and see you here again tomorrow!

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#nannylife- Infant Daily Logs

Hey friends! So today here’s a quick #nannylife guide to how I keep B and G’s schedule organized. I say ‘schedule’ but I really mean more of a daily routine. I love this method of keeping track of bottle feedings, solids, diapers, and naps because it allows everything to be spread out and read easier versus a simple time log.

I cannot stress enough how important I feel it is for nannies to have some sort of daily log on what happened that day. Maybe less so as children get older, but for children under a year old, there should definitely be some sort of log in place. As babies grow, their feeding habits change tremendously fast. If you’re aiming for 3 hours in between feedings, but notice that your little one only makes it about 2 and a half hours before getting fussy, you’ll know it’s time to up the bottles. If little one hasn’t had a bm since the night before, and doesn’t have one all day, the parents are aware, so they can keep an eye out for possible constipation (fairly common when babies first begin solids). Any medications given throughout the day should also be noted, with the time and dosage given. In addition, I like to keep an area at the bottom open for ‘what we did today’ where I can log fun activities, things B or G liked/disliked, and make extra notes about any supplies that might be needed. Continue reading

CDA, CNS, CLD, CNM?!?!

I have no idea what I want to do with my life.

Okay, that’s a lie. I have an idea, but maybe not a practical application yet.

Above all else, I know I want to work with children under the age of 12. This generally translates to a teacher with an EC (Early Childhood)-6th grade Generalist degree with a teaching certification, and a career as an elementary school teacher, all of which I would be absolutely fine with.

But… I love babies. Like love babies.

There’s honestly something magical about seeing them grow in that first year, with so many developmental milestones being reached, and so much learning about our world going on. I would absolutely love to make a career out of working with infants.

My boyfriend calls me ‘a mother without a child,’ because I have such strong maternal instincts. I’ve been lucky to find success with all the infants I’ve worked with, much to the surprise of some seasoned veterans of childcare. Jacob assures me I have a gift- a way with little ones that just can’t be learned, and I’d like to believe him.

Most of my friends are still in college, now finishing their sophomore year. Here I am, with just a freshman’s year of basics under my belt. An important English credit here, a useful math credit there, and even an elective credit in Psychology and Sociology. But, there’s also an entire semester’s worth of art classes that will more than likely never transfer to an education degree. Lesson learned friends, don’t take an entire semester of classes specifically for your major freshman year. Continue reading

#nannylife- Sample Infant Information Sheets

 So, here I am, less than a week away from beginning my newest journey as a full-time nanny! In the spirit of both organization, and having a bit too much time on my hands, I came up with these info sheets I thought would be helpful to anyone starting a new nanny position. I’m attempting to keep things as organized as possible, as I’ll be part of a nanny share with 3 families! This means I’ll have a ‘home base’ with my full-time family where the other two families will bring their child for care one day a week each (not on the same days). This works out so that I’ll never be caring for more than two infants at a time. That being said, all of the children in my care are under a year old, ages currently 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. So, these sheets are designed with infants in mind, but the general idea is that it’s important for any caregiver to be able to have information about the child available for reference, and contact info in case of emergency. Continue reading

NAN-ee

Short little post to announce news and such.

The inevitable has happened. I’ve decided to begin blogging about my newest adventures as a full-time nanny. I’m so excited to start in just a few weeks time! My most recent job was working at a preschool center, and while I absolutely loved it, I definitely didn’t love spending 3 hours in the car each day just battling Austin traffic.So, I hopped up on Care.com and through dozens of e-mails, phone calls, and interviews, I’ve found the perfect family to nanny for! Continue reading