Our nanny G (who we love!) has to attend to a family emergency and is out, without a well-defined date of return. It may be just a few days, but likely ~10-14 days or so. She is so reliable that in her 6 years with us, this is the first time she’s been out for a more than a day or so without advance planning. (And it’s 100% important for her to be with family right now, so I understand and support her leave).
I am also mildly terrified.
I have arranged after care for camp, which means A&C can go as long as 7:30 am – 6 pm. Drop off is on my way to work, so that part isn’t too bad. For G, I am using The Babysitting Company (company that provides short notice vetted sitters) for today and Tuesday but may look into having her stay at a local day care/school (the place where C did pre-K) for the rest of the time. Not sure and it depends on their availability and willingness to take on a short-term charge.
I armed the kitchen with easy staples (rotisserie chicken, pasta, etc) and plan on alternating super simple/quick dinners with takeout. I have started getting into the routine of throwing a load of laundry in each day (prefer this to letting it pile up). We will see how things go. I’m so sad for what G is dealing with and not sure I am up to this challenge, BUT in a tiny way I also welcome it because it’s a nice way of confirming that yes, our childcare arrangement needs to stay how it is. I suspect I’ll come out of this with an even greater appreciation for all that G does.
The sad part is that Josh and I were supposed to have a weekend away next weekend and I don’t think we’ll be able to go. During our mild fail of a vacation, I kept consoling myself with “well, we’ll get this nice date weekend in a couple of weeks!” so . . . yeah, I’m sad that it won’t happen. But we found out that our hotel is refundable. Our plane tickets are not (agghghgh there goes $1K). We are scheming to replace the weekend with a future one, maybe just spent together at home or locally (w/ kids @ G’s once everything has settled down).
So, yeah. Wish me luck.
Josh was on call, so to organize my total Mom Weekend I decided to use a sheet from a planner pad that the kids got me for Mother’s Day 🙂 It fit very nicely into my Hobonichi . . .
Both days followed a similar structure: 9-12 AM activity (though on Sunday I got a babysitter and did work/grocery shopped in this window!), G nap, and then afternoon excursion. Saturday was Flamingo Gardens (above) and Sunday was Young at Art (perennial favorite).
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