Sharing a piece of my Nanny heart today.

HAPPY NATIONAL NANNY RECOGNITION WEEK!

If y’all have been following along for a while now you know I’ve been a nanny for quite a long time! (Literally I don’t even know how many years…I spent my twelfth birthday becoming “babysitter certified” and it’s been my lifestyle ever since, even when I didn’t know it was who I was becoming…apparently always having someone else’s kid on your hip makes you qualified or something 😉) {I kid I kid of course, I have all necessary experience, education, certifications and training required to teach and nurture (but most importantly keep alive😉 my tiny humans!)

HECK!! It’s how Bump to Babies even got started in the first place. With that being said, I wanted to honor this special week with a post dedicated to all of the nannies out there. I see you. I love you. You’re amazing. (Also with that being said) brace yourself as you read, because I make no guarantees this will be my best post. I have sat down to write it multiple times over the last few weeks and each time I get overwhelmed with the emotions of just how much I love each and every one of my nanny kiddos and this journey. They have helped mold and squish my heart and shape me into the woman I am every day becoming.

Being a nanny (or a nana as my tiny humans call me) has changed my world. Heck it’s constantly changing my world. It’s the best way to spend my days and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is so much more than just a job to me.

I realized this when I realized if I didn’t have to work another day in my life, I would still show up to nanny. Some view it as just a job or way to “pay the bills” but it goes way beyond that.

Being a nanny has my heart plain and simple.

Waking up every morning knowing each day is a new adventure? Pure bliss. There’s something so sweet about baby giggles and getting to watch firsts. First words? First steps? First letters? First days of school? First time they read out loud? I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It brings so much joy to my heart. To know that a family entrusts their sweetest treasure to me, to help raise and teach them in the ways their families so beautifully example. Makes my heart swell three sizes! (Thank you Mr. Grinch)!

I’m forever in awe of each family I’ve gotten to come alongside.

There’s something so special about the bonds a nanny forms with each individual family. I’ve been extra blessed (I know) that over the years I’ve never experienced anything but love from each family I’ve come alongside in raising their small humans. To raise them to become strong, brilliant, loving and most importantly kind bigger humans one day.

Now do not get me wrong. It’s not all “rainbows and butterflies”. There are hard days. Tiny humans have BIG emotions, just like us. There’s days where I hide and cry because I feel like I’m not doing enough and there’s days where I’m beyond exhausted trying to reach a child where they are. But in the end that hug and “I love you nana” at the end of the night is enough. It’s enough to know that I’m doing okay. It’s enough fuel in my “nana tank” to know this caboose is chugging along.

Mary Poppins is a goal. Let me say that again…a goal. Most days I’m tottering between Nanny McPhee and her stink eye and a chicken with her head cut off trying to get kiddos out of the door for school. Never the less, bring me coffee. Always. Anytime. Please. How Mary Poppins survived without a constant supply of it? Now that’s the most magical part of the movie. LET US BE REAL!

Now. I have had a few Uptown Girl moments (when sweet girl asks me to braid her hair and tells me that I’m the best) because, yes little humans have a HUGE impact on me with their words cause gosh forbid a six year old tells me I’m not cool. I’d cry). You think I’m kidding…

But this week. Y’all this week. Is so big. It’s a week where nannies come together (even more than normal, I KNOW CRAZY!!) to support, love and just be amazing together because we’re in the trenches. In the trenches of this worlds future. In the trenches with the mamas, the dads, the grandparents, the guardians and all the rest. Because raising tiny humans to be the best bigger humans they can be? Well that takes a dang army and I’m so so blessed, honored and downright giddy to be right there alongside them.

Nannies? Y’all rock. During your Mary Poppins moments, during your Nanny McPhee moments, during the Lorelei needs her coffee moments and most importantly? In the moments you chose to each and everyday to be the best nanny you can be. I see yall. And I raise my umbrella (please oh please get the reference) to you. ☂️

Love always,

This super emotional nana

Happy. National. Nanny. Recognition. Week. 2018💛

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