I love being around children and I know how important a good nanny is to both the children and the family. I feel very blessed with the opportunity to work doing something I love! When working with children, I love to engage them in fun activities and keep them active and learning, no matter their age. I love spending time with the kids both in and outside the home. Children have so much to offer and I truly enjoy being around them and enjoy building a bond with the family.
I was a Volunteer for a local Austin family with quintuplets for a year. The babies were born in January of 2009 and I helped the family through their first year of life with the quints. Because the babies were born so prematurely, a NICU nurse was brought in to help train all volunteers on how to care for the babies upon arrival home from the NICU as well as what health concerns each baby had and how to manage them, such as low birth weight, Acid Reflux, hemangiomas, etc. As a volunteer, I was responsible for feeding, burping, changing, and rocking babies. I had to know how much each baby needed to eat, relative to his/her size and growth development, as well as document how much they ate, when they were changed, etc. As the babies got older, our care for them changed. A sleep routine was implemented as well as playtime and other developmentally appropriate activities. Along with these duties, I helped the parents and big sister adjust to life with five newborns by helping prepare bottles, folding laundry, coordinating other volunteer schedules, cleaning, and organizing.
I was a nanny for a baby boy while his parents both worked full time. When I started, he was exclusively on formula; when I left, he was eating almost everything in sight and feeding himself! I loved watching him grow. I started out when I was in high school, watching him every afternoon from 2:00 p.m. on. Upon my graduation, his mother found out that she had both Multiple Sclerosis and an Ascending Aortic Aneurysm. She had to have Open Heart Surgery, so I moved in to become their live-in nanny. I cared for both mother and baby while she was recovering. I had all the responsibility of caring for him, plus household duties to maintain their home while the mother was out of commission. Once the mother was able to return to work, care for her son, and resume her normal daily activities, the parents felt he was old enough to be in daycare. A couple years later, after their daughter was born, I was the nanny for their daughter until she too was old enough for daycare.
Most recently, I worked for a family in west Austin with two children, ages infant and pre-school. I mostly cared for the infant (feeding, changing, bathing, etc) but when he was sleeping I played with his sister and also did organization projects around the house as needed.
I have been a babysitter in countless homes. I have experience with children ages preemie-preteen!