This was a fun weekend! Saturday was a really busy day - Hulk and I went shopping in the morning, to watch Aaron coach at noon, met the nanny in the afternoon, and had dinner with friends that night! He was super smiley all day - loved playing with everyone and being passed from person to person... so by 8 PM, I was getting nervous that we were going to have a major meltdown. He fell asleep on the way home, and Aaron got him all the way upstairs, diaper changed and into his PJ's without really waking him up! And Hulk slept all night!
Of course Sunday, when his godmother came to visit, he would basically wake up for 30 minutes, and then sleep for an hour all day long - so it wasn't as much fun for her while visiting. But! She did manage to finish up the blanket she was making him... it's adorable. I'll post pictures when we finally get some sun.
Back to the nanny. I hadn't talked much about her here, mostly because I didn't really have anything to say yet. This whole 'pregnant with twins' thing has thrown us for a bit of a loop. Last year about this time was working through the same question for Hulk - what will be the best childcare option. We decided to go with a very fancy daycare, mostly because they came highly recommend, and I liked the idea of the socialization he would get. The costs associated with 3 in daycare are SO high that it isn't even an option... so we started looking into other things. I'm still not comfortable with an au pair. And staying at home isn't an option for me. I lucked into a situation where someone I know who has a GREAT nanny - her youngest is starting preschool in the fall. She needed to have the conversation with the nanny that she wasn't going to need her anymore - and mentioning that she had a friend that would need a nanny was a great opening.
We met with her on Saturday, and she seems wonderful. She doesn't speak perfect English, but will speak Spanish to the kids... which I think will be awesome for them. I explained that my goals for my kids is for them to have fun, play and be safe - and she had this look of relief on her face. I'm sure that others have visions of nannies doing flashcards and teaching all day - but I think that is for school. They should enjoy growing up for a while! Assuming all goes well with my pregnancy, our plan is to have her start right when the twins come - to be an extra set of hands, but also to give me time to get to know her better before I have to leave her alone with 3 babies.
Oh - and as promised, a picture of our book corner.
I'm planning on keeping kid things in the bottom shelves - the toys that dogs can eat go in the shelves with doors (Henry has already eaten his fair share of binkies). The next item for this corner is a circular table on a pedestal (which Aaron is building, so that will take some time) and a beautiful stained glass fixture that will go over it.