Everyone, meet my "school-day sidekick".
For the purpose of keeping this babe safe on the internet (and because he's not my child), we'll call him Baby T. He is 5 months old, full of energy, doesn't care much for long naps (at least while he's with me), and fills my Monday-Friday schedule with loads of fun baby adventures! I've been his nanny for about a month and a half, and figured that it was about time to A) let everyone know what it is that I do during a regular day, and B) reflect on the experience of being a nanny and all of the things I've learned and come to appreciate since hanging out with this little man. I remember when I first moved out east, I knew that I was going to be really picky about what type of work I wanted to pursue. After being in a professional-dress, office & desk type of work environment for so many years, I was so looking forward to a job that had a little more freedom. I knew that I wanted a job that would let me wear whatever I wanted, give me time off whenever I wanted/needed it, and a job that would allow me to be up and moving around rather than being stuck inside at a desk all day. One of my girlfriends out here suggested that I look into nannying, so I decided to give it a shot and reached out to Baby T and his mother.
Before I actually started nannying Baby T, I thought that I had found the easiest job in the entire world. He was to be brought to my house every morning so there was no pressure to "punch in" to work on time, I would get all of the school holidays, weekends, and evenings off to myself which would work out great with Kyle's school schedule, and I thought to myself, "play with a baby all day and make sure he eats and sleeps when he's supposed to, how hard can it be?". I am here to tell you that nannying is SO much more than I initially expected it to be. I do have a fairly flexible schedule and can take Baby T with me to run errands or do whatever, but I am completely working around his sleep/food schedule and getting anywhere takes twice as long as it normally would because I have to pack up diaper bag, carseat, and baby with me wherever I go. I can technically wear whatever I want to, but there is about a 98% chance of whatever I wear getting covered with drool, spit up, and even occasionally baby pee if I'm not fast enough on a diaper change. I spend my days listening to Baby Einstein's Pandora station, talking in squeaky voices, playing with plastic toys, and having conversations with someone who can only smile and occasionally squeal back. Every day when he goes home with his momma I feel slightly frazzled and completely exhausted, but I would not change any of it for the whole wide world.
Aside from doing my photography, I have found nannying Baby T to be the most fulfilling and satisfying job I have ever had, and after over 10 years in the workforce and going through several different types of jobs, that is saying quite a bit. :) I feel like I am gaining SO much experience and knowledge on helping to raise a baby, and can seriously say that I continue to learn new things every day. Nannying Baby T has also given me such an incredible admiration for all of the mothers out there that have their own babies and children all of the time. Whether a mother is a "working" or "stay-at-home" mom, in my eyes she is a FULL-TIME MOMMA with full-time responsibilities. Baby T goes home every afternoon and I am free to do whatever I please, but mothers don't really have that option. Their babies are dependent on them 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, even if the baby is with someone else! I don't know how they do it and am even somewhat convinced that giving birth to a child instills some sort of super power in you that gives you the strength, knowledge, skills, and stamina necessary to be a mother, because mothers out there do an incredible job every single day without any holidays or weekends off to rest! I so hope that any mothers out there reading this know how important you all are and that there is literally NOONE in this entire world that can take your place!! Your children are so lucky to have you and what you do for them is nothing less than amazing!! I seriously can't wait to be a mother one day and hope that when I get there I can do half as good a job as all of you!! Know that you're amazing, and that your children love you! Everyone loves you!! I love you!! Thanks so much to all of the amazing moms out there that are such great examples to me! Last but not least, thanks so much to Baby T's mom for letting me write this post, share a couple of pictures of your adorable son, and for letting me spend time with him during the week. I'm so grateful for the experience, and can definitely put it in the books as the best job ever. :D
Lots of Love! -Chelsea Elena Pett-
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.