It’s a sad day here at our house. Now that I am back home after a meeting earlier this afternoon, I’m trying to keep it together. For the girls. Today is our PT nanny’s last day. For the past 6 years she’s been coming every Tuesdays and Thursdays since Mia was 3 months old. It was inevitable someday…kids grow up and they go to school…the needs of a family change…but it doesn’t make it any easier when your heart and emotions are involved.
Claudine understands that today is Mala’s last day with us, but she doesn’t fully comprehend what that means, not at 3 years old. I was trying to take these photos this morning, but she was being a complete clown, unlike Mia, who was much more subdued. I suspect she may ask why she’s no longer coming at some point, but for her, today is like any other day. Mia, on the other hand, has been taking it rather hard. Sometimes I’ll see her get real quiet and tear up and I’ll know that she’s thinking about it. It’s a big change for all of us and a big change for Mark and I too as we go into uncharted territories of not having 2 solid days of babysitting that we could always rely on. If we were juggling with work and and the kids before, we’ll be juggling even more now. But I can’t imagine what Mia must be feeling through all this. At 6 years old, some things in her world have changed through the years – new schools, friends moving away, and even new homes, but the one constant has been her nanny.
The kids are out now with our nanny, but I’m anticipating a lot of tears when they get back home in an hour or two. Mia needs to be brave, we all do. Mala’s new job is actually only a block away so this has comforted us during this transition as we know that the girls will still be able to see her once in awhile. Still, I know it’s not quite the same.
*ps. damn…that was hard.
*pps. OMG, it just hit me. We don’t have a babysitter anymore. We are so screwed.