Today was L’s first birthday! My little bug is a year old. This day has been a long time coming, considering I landed the job with he was 10 weeks old, started unofficially when he was three months old and officially in January.
His parents celebrated his first year of life over the weekend, where as we celebrated with his friends today at a local park. Our afternoon included lunch, cupcakes, a splash pad and a tired, newly vaccinated one-year-old.
Prompt: My goals for motherhood. Well, seeing as how I don’t have kids, I didn’t think it would be appropriate for me to write about it. So, I changed it. I am a Nanny and I have goals for my Nanny career. Here they are…
I always want the children I care for to feel safe, secure, and loved. It’s my job to protect and love these children as though they are my own. I will comfort the crying baby without feeling as though it’s a hassle or burden, not because it’s my job, but because I want to. I will wear the babies and toddlers that need to be kept close, because that’s what they need. Their needs before mine, always.
I want to lead by example. To show them kindness, tolerance, and manners through all situations. Not just the easy times, but the rough times as well. To show that even if I don’t like a situation or person, that they always need to be respected and treated with kindness.
I want to be teaching, always. To take every opportunity to teach and educate every second I can. I hope that I never pass up a chance to teach L, especially during this time in his life. His brain is a sponge right now. I hope that I always take advantage of that.
To be patient. We always joke that “omg, being one is so hard!” but to them, it really is. They are so tiny and new to this earth. They are learning every moment of every day, a lot of experiences are new, and their little brains are constantly processing.
I hope that I will always live up to these goals and expectations for myself. I will always do my best and work harder to be better than I ever imagined possible.