Shortly before we moved back to Minnesota, I started putting feelers out to find the kids a new childcare provider (nanny, okay, the term is a nanny, but people get all up in arms about it so whatever you want to call it – call it).
I started privately reaching out to people from back home, and I got a few recommendations. I wasn’t completely sold on anyone.
By the end of October, I started getting a little nervous. What if we couldn’t find anyone? Where would the kids go all day, and would not finding someone fantastic mean that the transition was harder for them?
And then in early November, I randomly mentioned it to someone from back home. She told me about someone she knew who was moving back from Arizona to our hometown and was looking for a job upon arrival. Her name was Katie.
I had my contact give Katie my information, and she reached out almost immediately. We went back-and-forth for about a day, and I hired her immediately (actually when we were in Lake Tahoe in November). I didn’t know Katie but knew of her. Everyone I asked about her, raved about how wonderful she was.
But change is hard for small children, too, and because the kids were so used to Sukjhait and Kuljit, I didn’t know how they would do amidst major change and another new person in their lives.
During Katie’s first week (I think it might have been just her second day), Isaiah got the flu and threw up everywhere. Katie got it right after, and everyone sort of got it.
After the flu came other illnesses and while it didn’t mean the kids were completely down and out, they weren’t in the best spirits. There was a week when Maya screamed bloody murder all day, every day.
But Katie handled everything perfectly.
I can’t remember the last time Samarah asked about Sukjhait and Kuljit.
The kids took to Katie immediately, and I knew Ryan and I had made the right choice.
Flower Girls and Ring Bearer
When Katie arrived yesterday, she brought 3 little boxes, one for each child. She said she had gifts, and they couldn’t wait to open them! When they did they all found ring pops inside…..along with little notes that said, “Will you be my flower girl?” and “Will you be my ring bearer?”
Katie is getting married in December, and I was shocked when she brought their gifts to “pop the question.”
She and I tried explaining it to them, but they had no clue. They had ring pops (which they had never seen before) and were thrilled at the thought of a sucker on their fingers.
As full-time working parents, Ryan and I only want the best for Samarah, Isaiah, and Amiya when we’re not here. If I didn’t have it, my choice to work full-time would be clouded and/or I’m not sure I’d do it at all.
It was such a struggle to find anyone good for the kids when we were in California. We interviewed and emailed with so many people, and it was like pulling teeth.
But this change? This one has been one of the easiest and favorite changes we made!
Oh, the littles are going to make the most adorable little flower girls and handsome big ring bearer….if we can keep them focused on getting down the aisle without Amiya screaming, “No,” Isaiah doing the long jump, and Samarah mothering the two back in line. 🙂
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Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts
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- Change Pain Point
- Making Sense of Change
- Gratitude Journal
- Love Your Baby Girl
- Little Things Add Up
- House and Home
- Sunday Reflections
- Chocolate Shake
- 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
- Chaos is a Temporary State
- Thirsty Thursday
- Month One
- The Nudge to Connect
- 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
- One Box at a Time
- Good Enough is Enough
- There is No Dishwasher
- WWDW Number 8
- Move Initiated
- Sharing My Journey
- Back with the Tribe
- Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
- January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
- Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
- Let There Be Light
- Forgot About Rae
- Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
- 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
- Escaping People
- Coming Home
- 105 in 1,095
- 40 Before 40
- When Change Was Coming
- Behavior Correction
- Embracing Motherhood
- Two Things for Lent
- Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
- Breakdown to Breakthrough
- 18 Things About Me
- Still Hope
- Month Two
- Pain is Not Weakness Leaving the Body
- Too Much Stuff
- Small Changes
- Can Wait
- Halfway Mark
- Squad Goals
- Do We Really Change?
- February Catch Up Over Bone Broth
- 2018 Natural Products Expo West
- New Spaces
- Fight Like Hell
- 24 Low-FODMAP Items from Thrive Market