Tomorrow will be a sad day for this household. It’s our last day with our beloved nanny, Miss Heather. Our nanny life cycle is coming to an end with the twins in preschool and the girls in elementary school. It is a day that I’ve dreaded since the day I hired her!
Heather joined our family when I was pregnant with my twins. You may recall my early blogs about finding the perfect nanny. After a visit to my OB/GYN and two kids under four in tow and a very high potential for bed rest, my doctor and friend gave me a huge wake-up call and advised me to get my things in order. We decided to hire a nanny for a year to get us through the tough times of four kids under four with no family within an 8-hour radius. So we searched high and low and just when I was about to give up, Miss Heather called us. It was a call that changed our lives.
At first, having a nanny seemed like such a guilty luxury because my twins weren’t even here yet. But I truly believe that Heather helped me keep these babies in until 38 weeks. Before the twins came, she immediately took over the household while I did lots of fun things with the girls. I knew their worlds were about to be turned upside down and wanted to do as much as I could with them before I was M.I.A. for an indefinite time. Heather did our grocery shopping, cooked, cleaned, organized, you name it, she did it. A month after her arrival, I started to get really tired. I mean super-duper tired where I could hardly walk upstairs without getting marathon winded. That’s when I really appreciated having someone there to help me through it all. Once the twins were born, Heather was at the hospital with bells on. She dressed up the girls in their “I’m a big sister” shirts (Randy would have TOTALLY forgotten that very important detail!) and showed up at the hospital with balloons, books, food and gifts. She greeted me when we came home from the hospital and scooped up one baby while I took the other. She even coordinated our twin storks! We were a team, in perfect synch. Then a few days after we came home, the inevitable happened and the boys had to go back to the hospital for jaundice. So Heather stayed with me there all day while Randy took care of the girls and his mom (they were all sick with the flu so everyone was pretty much no help in these early days, including Randy who was sent home from the hospital with a 104 fever the day the boys were born). Heather was my rock in those early days. She boiled all four zillion bottles daily with a smile on her face. She adapted to our family’s routine and fit in perfectly.
Over the past three years, Heather has become such an integral part of our family. When our door alarm dings, my twins immediately shout out “Miss Heather’s home!” and it is the cutest thing ever! She has helped raise this crazy crew and I am forever thankful. Having a nanny is one of my most wonderful experiences in the early days of raising my children. Putting them all in day care was not an option for us. Mine were all so close together so it was more economical to hire someone to come to our home. Recently this necessity turned into a luxury so I knew it was time for Heather to move on. I cried for days (which totally cracks me up because I would be such a softie in the “real” work force!). But I feel so good now because Heather has found another wonderful family and will help raise another brand-new baby, something she is just so good at.
We will miss her for sure but we are comforted knowing “Miss Heather” is right around the corner:-)