Having a nanny is like having a new family member. She is in our house more hours than we are there ourselves. She looks after our most precious ‘property’ and has access to any drawer and cupboard in the house. My nanny knows what I look like without make up, with bed hair, with hardly and clothes on and when I am sick as a dog. I draw the line at unbrushed teeth, but I am probably even guilty of that one.
I blogged about how hard it was to find our nanny, the perfect nanny for our family. We ended up finding two. Both from Brazil, both wonderful and warm and both utterly in love with Miss G.
Back in January I sadly had to let go of one of them. Managing and coordinating two nannies’ schedules plus Miss G’s various activities plus the family social diary was basically a full time job in its own.
We let go of nanny B because her master will soon come to an end and because I know that she will need more time than she thinks to do her dissertation and internship. It was a hideous conversation to have, because we love her as much as a family member. B has shown Miss G how to make cats out of water bottles, she taught her not to be scared of slides and she has entertained her with lots of puppet shows. She taught her to sing in Portuguese and to dance and sing to Will.I.Am which would have never occurred to me, let’s face it.
Letting go of B meant keeping nanny M to cover the whole of the 4 days that I am at work. She has risen to the challenge and has not been late once. M has been running the house, the play dates, Miss G’s repeat prescriptions, nursery commitments and food requirements. She has made a gorgeous newspaper hat with Little G, she takes her to the Night Animals pavilion at the zoo hoping that she’ll get over her ‘fear of the night’, she build train tracks and designs fashion collections for Miss G’s princesses. She has even taught Little G how to cook and dance the samba. She is the only person who sees Little G allegedly getting better at swimming every week.
Having one or even two wonderful nannies is enriching my family and my daughter’s life with new skills, new personalities and new points of view. I love both B and M dearly and so does my little girl. Yesterday it was nanny M’s birthday and we did not get to spend it with her because she has had to fly to Brazil on a last minute notice. She will be there for 5 weeks saying goodbye to her mum who has cancer and is losing her battle with it. Damn fucking cancer!
Luckily nanny B is happy to cover the month whilst M is away. Little G was so happy to have her back for a while and so are we.
It is not for everyone to have a nanny and, yes, it can be costly and it somewhat sacrifices privacy. There is no nook of our flat that the nannies have not seen, ‘hidden’ cigarette packets and too many empty bottles of wine after a dinner party included.
Yet, for us and for Miss G, having these two ladies in our lives is a blessing. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child and without our nannies, I am sure my Little G would not be nowhere near as funny and bright.