As you can tell, I’ve been traveling a ton with my Nanny Family lately! The items I pack in the girls’ bags have been pretty consistent, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!Toddler Travel - Essentials

 

We also do a few things to make traveling easier with a toddler and an infant…
– Always pack respective loveys in the diaper bag so we have access to them as needed.
– Visit the library and pick ten awesome books to take with us, not only to read on the plane, but to read before bedtime each night as well.
– Load up on snacks! Some of E’s favorite are: apple sauce pouches, “happy” (aka graham) crackers, fruit leather, mandarin orange cups, etc. I literally fill a gallon sized plastic bag with snacks and we just dig out of that while we’re gone.

Babywearing both kids throughout the airport was a lifesaver! It allowed us to get on and off the plane without disrupting them if they were sleeping and helped keep them corralled if they were awake. It also made handling luggage a breeze as well.

What are some of the items you can live without while traveling with kids?

I’ve gotten a bunch of requests to share some of the things E eats while she’s in my care. Today’s post is going to be featuring our EZ-PZ Happy Mat, that I absolutely love to help keep meals mess free! I backed their Kickstarter and am so glad I did. I could go on and on about how much I love them, but I’ll save that for another post.

There are also some things you should know about E’s eating habits…
– She loves protein heavy and denser meals for breakfast, for which I am not there most of the time. She likes eggs and sausage, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. Fruit is only a small portion of breakfast compared to her remaining meals.
– She LOVES fruit. The only fruit she doesn’t eat are strawberries and honeydew, both of which she’s reacted negatively to in the past.
– These are all lunch, which happens after nap. She also gets a pre-nap snack that is usually grab and go since we have morning activities every day of the week.

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As you can see, E is a pretty repetitive eater. All these pictures were taken within the past week. I had more, but deleted them because they all had the same basic set up, just different fruit or cheddar instead of string cheese. Note: the peanut butter toast was new, she mostly wanted to scrape the peanut butter off and just eat that. There are no allergies in her family and her parents have given her peanut butter before.

Go To’s //
– FRUIT! We have a pretty solid rotation that we go through, always keeping three or four on hand at one time. Some favorites include watermelon, pineapple, and cherry tomatoes.
– Deli turkey or ham (we were out last week).
– Medium cheddar cheese or mozzarella string cheese.
– Greek yogurt – usually vanilla although we’ve been branching out lately.
– Freeze dried fruit and veggies.

What can I say, we like cold lunches around here. :) I hope this was helpful in your venture to feed your toddler healthy meals and keeping things different and interesting. To us, this might be boring but E is equally excited everyday for lunch. Real camera pictures were not tolerated.

What are your favorite things to feed your toddler for lunch?

 

I decided to note my feelings and what I was processing at the time, starting a few weeks after I found out my position would be eliminated and ending on Jan 18th. This post is written journal style, which isn’t the norm for me. I hope you can still keep up. :)

Dec 5, 2013:
I’m starting this post about two weeks out from my last day with L because I’m already feeling all the emotions. I did really well handling everything when I first found out on November 18th. Kept calm while they told me and wasn’t as upset as I expected to be. Then my Mom Boss emailed me the same night, letting me know how much they appreciated having me as part of their family for the last year, etc. I lost it and cried for a while that night. I’ve cried twice more since then, last night and today.

I was having a looming sad day yesterday, then had a rough afternoon that kind of pushed me over the emotional edge. I had class that I couldn’t miss, and I didn’t want to be there. I hate crying in public, but I couldn’t keep it together anymore. Then I had to pull myself together because the phone interview I was waiting on called, but more on that later.

Tonight my best friend called to set up one last playdate before my time with L is over. Then she said that they were going to miss him. Boom. Lost it. Me too, dude. Normal people have no clue how hard this part of my job is. It sucks so bad and it never gets easier.

My last day is Dec 20th, and I’m already dreading my last week. I’m anticipating being a wreck the entire week, having to do our lasts together: swim lessons, gymnastics, etc. Kind of hoping I’ll be all cried out by my last day, so I can keep it together enough to say goodbye and get out the door.

December 15th:
I got a new job! I interviewed with them on December 7th and didn’t even make it hope before they hired me. Talk about a good match. We reviewed my employment contract today and will sign later this week, I’m so excited! I was originally supposed to start on January 2nd, but some things happened and I start tomorrow and will be doing a nanny share for this first week.

I’ve been feeling really good emotionally and am ready to start my new job. I think I’ve mourned the fact that one job is over & L and his family are leaving soon. Now I’m trying to put as much as my focus as possible in prepping for E while still applying myself at work, which is a lot easier to do now that school is over.

December 26th:
My last day with L was on the 20th and I’m still feeling really good emotionally. My last day went well, although the last hour was trying due to two non-verbal, grumpy babies. I also think it helped me a lot to not have any sort of break, and to be able to dive into my new job right away. I’ve been adjusting to my new job and responsibilities really well so far, even though I’ve only had two days on my own with E, the dog, and the house. I have two work days next week then start full time the week after that.

January 18th:
I start my third full week with E on Tuesday. I’m still adjusting to my new found responsibilities, but I think it’s going really well so far. I think I just need to make better use of my time. I’ll get there :)

Losing my job in November was rough. It was quite unexpected, but unavoidable at the same time. The family I worked for, for almost a year is moving to the East Coast in few months. Here’s what I did to put myself back on the market and accessible:

1 // Update my resume, immediately. I got off work a few hours early the day I found out and immediately went home and began working on my resume. I finished it the next day and added it to my portfolio as soon as I could.

2 // Have a portfolio! I bring a copy of my portfolio to ever single interview I go on and find that families are impressed by what it contains. I’m trying to get them to pick me and I think this kicks it up a notch. In my portfolio you’ll find: my resume, all applicable certifications, recommendation letters, my daily log, and anything else I think is important.

3 // Keep an open mind! Use agencies and go independent. I used every service I could find, which included local agencies, websites like Care and SitterCity, and even Craigslist. *As always, be careful when using CL. I never go on first interviews found there alone, even if someone is just waiting in the car for me.

4 // Be prompt. Answer emails and phone calls as soon as you can without interruption. I was thirty minutes late to class in order to take the phone interview for my current job. Best decision ever!

5 // Dress appropriately. During your interview, dress like you would at work. Of course, most of the time sometimes I wear yoga pants, but keep it classic and public appropriate. My go-to outfit is skinny jeans, a tee, and a cardigan paired with Toms or boots, depending on the weather.

Using these five tips, I had a job lined up three weeks after I was notified my position would be eliminated. Do you have any other recommendations for nannies on the job hunt?

It’s been a long while since I’ve written about things that have been going on in my crazy, very busy life. Let’s start from the very beginning, shall we?

I found out that the family I work for will be making a cross country move early next year. Meaning my position will no longer exist as of January 1st and I needed to find a new job. I found out in mid-November and began the resume revamping and job hunting immediately. I applied for upwards of twenty jobs, interviewed for three families and found a perfect match in the third family I interviewed with. I stinking love them already and I haven’t even started yet.

After over four years as a professional nanny, I’m finally a #babygirlnanny! I cared for two older girls at my last long term job but they were school ages and I did a very part-time nanny share with a baby girl over the summer, but this is my first legit girl nanny experience. Hey, even both of their animals (a dog and a cat) are girls! I’m absolutely thrilled and so ready for all the frilly things that come with a girl.

I also had three math tests between when I found out my job was ending and December 12th. Can you say holy crap? Yeah, talk about stressed the f-balls out. I took my math final and I’m so happy for the semester to be over! I went in feeling pretty ill prepared but I was totally psyching myself out. I had no issues completing everything and actually thought it was quite easy. I’m feeling good and will find out my final grade for the class next week. I had a C going into the final. So we’ll see!

All this was happening on top of working my normal forty hours a week and still having to apply myself as wholly as possible at work. There is so much more to share, but that’s the gist of everything. I hope that I can get back on a regular blogging schedule soon :) I start my new job tomorrow and will be doing a nanny share this week with her and L, I’m tired just thinking about it. Two under two + toddler activities x3. You feel me?

Is there anything new going on in your life? How are you handling everything?