My first nanny

When Freddie was just four months, I had an offer of six weeks’ full time work, writing patient information leaflets for the Department of Health. Doing the work meant I had to find a nanny for Freddie. After interviewing four women who replied to our ad on nannyjob.co.uk, we hired Lumi who looked after our baba for six weeks. It was a hard time for me as it was all a bit sudden and it was sad to see Freddie heading off in his pushchair with someone else. But we couldn’t have asked for more. Lumi had the perfect mix of professionalism and friendliness and was a hit with Freddie right from the start. A couple of times a day, she took him out for walks, sometimes to meet up with other nannies and babies in some of the local parks. She also started making Freddie’s first food – babyrice with vegetables or baby rice with fruit, all pureed to make it easy to swallow. He took to it easily from the start. With the work over for now, Lumi has moved on to a new job but may come back a few days a week once I start working part-time again. Here’s a picture of Lumi and Freddie where he is wearing his crown of Beatrice Potter characters – Tom Kitten, Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck.

She is from Romania and has a son of her own called Simon who is 10 months old. Simon was being looked after by Lumi’s sister while she looked after Freddie. And another photo below…

Fun with the folks: the grandparents arrive

For the last few weeks my parents were over, they stayed with us twice – for three nights all up – and Freddie put on his best smiles for them. When they first arrived he was just getting over a spot of tonsillitis, but he’d brighted up before they left and Nona had a great time walking him around the park. They headed off to stay with Aunty Viv then Great-Grandma McDonald before returning on Tuesday for a walk in the park, a good feed in the Prince Regent gastro-pub, then slap up thyme and almond risotto for dinner. Gregor came around, too, so there were some good conversations centering around Whangarei going on. They bought a bunch of cool pressies for Freddie, big thanks to Ton for the Winnie the Pooh music book and to the Stills for the cool train set. All aboard! Mind the gap! Toot toot! Choo choo! Clickety click, clickety click, tickets please! Here are some snaps, as usual click on the image for a slideshow…

We’re off for a picnic in the park this Sunday (weather permitting) so the new waterproof blanket Nona made will get initiated. We might even dress Freddie in his new knits. Come back soon!