When I first moved in, it took a bit of getting used to. It was a bit chaotic because there was a full house. The mom, two kids, two grandparents, me and my mom. I was also trying to get though a sinus infection that I got on the way over to Hawaii. It was a lot. Pretty much from day one, I was already helping out with the kids and doing things around the house. I didn’t have time to get out and see things. We were busy, busy, busy. All I wanted to do was sleep and spend time with my mom before she left. But it was good though, I’m glad I was able to figure things outs right away before I was supposed to officially start working. I would have been alone, no help, two new kids, in a strange house where I didn’t know where anything was. It would have been even more overwhelming than it already was.
After a week and a half, it was just the Mom, kids and me. It was a lot calmer and I was able to relax some. I was super worried that I would feel like I’m living in someone else’s home, which sometimes it feels that way, especially since the husband came home from deployment, but it’s never bothered me. I’ve always been the kind of person to make themselves at home anywhere I go. Each day I’m here, I’m becoming more comfortable and more at home. The family has been so great and welcoming, that it makes being in their home so much better.
Living with kids is still taking some getting used to. This has been helping me work on my patience and is preparing me to be a parent even more. I have been a nanny for the past three years. I thought I have been through it all. Since I’ve been here, the kids have had so many different illnesses. There’s been a lot of crying, coughing, runny noses and doctors appointments. And I’ve been doing everything I can to not get sick, which I have learned there’s almost no avoiding it. I’m having to get used to the 2 year old always coming into my room. Most of the time I love it. It’s cute when she runs in to bring toys in my room in play. She enjoys getting ready with me before I go somewhere. Sometimes when she hasn’t seen me in a while, she comes in my room to say hello and give me a hug. Then, there are times when I’ve had a long day and want to be left alone or take a nap, it’s not so cute. Not only that, the 2 year old comes into my room and messes with my stuff. I have a lot of stuff that I don’t mind her playing with or touching, but somehow she always gravitates towards the stuff I don’t want her to touch. She hasn’t messed up a lot, just my brand new makeup and broke my favorite pair of sunglasses. And before I leave somewhere she usually takes my keys or my shoes and runs off with them or hides them. Haha. Parents are probably laughing at me while reading this. I know it’s going to be worse and I’m going to basically have zero privacy when I have my own kids.
It’s going to take some getting used to living with kids, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. There are times that the kids drive me up the wall and I can’t wait for the parents to come home so I can escape, but I adore them. I love their laughs and their warm snuggles. The sweetest thing is when I leave she has to hug me and stand by the door and when I come home, she greets me with a big warm hug and tells me how much she missed me. My favorite part of my work day is singing songs all day long, over and over again…that and nap time. Haha.
Each day is a new learning experience. I’m excited to spend the next year with this wonderful family.