When we were pregnant with Mia, we never discussed the issue of
childcare. We planned our due date around the end of our busy
season, when we knew we could ease off work a bit and spend time
bonding with our baby.
During the first few weeks of Mia's life, we were able to run on
Mia's schedule and what work had to be done was easily accomplished
at home, between naps or while anticipating a 2 a.m. feeding.
Since we don't work in a big corporate office (it's just the two
of us working out a little rented space), we both thought that the
baby would just come with us once it was time to go back to the
And that's just what happened. At first.
We properly outfitted the office with a pack n' play with diaper
changing station. Made sure we were stocked up on diapers, wipes
and formula. And happily toted our little baby from home to
It was easy in the beginning. Mia either slept in her carriage,
the pack n' play, or in a sling. We could easily work at our desks
and take feeding and rocking breaks.
And then Mia turned 5 months old and the glory days were
She was awake a whole lot more and needed more attention and
play time. We had never discussed the possibility of Amy staying
home fulltime and truthfully, that wasn't our plan. Amy wanted to
That's when it occurred to us that we needed a nanny. We laugh
about it now. How silly we were not to have even considered this,
but as first time parents we had no experience.
We quickly jumped on SitterCity.com and within two weeks had
secured a lovely young woman to help us out a few days a week. As
Mia grew older and our busy season kicked in, we realized we needed
even more help.
Our first nanny decided to go back to school and that's when
Soraia came into our lives. Mia and Soraia love each other dearly
and although we hate to be away during the day, we know that Mia is
well cared for.
Amy and Aaron Galvin live together, run a business together and raise their daughter, Mia, together in River North. Amy also blogs at secondcitymommy.com.
See more of Amy and Aaron's stories here.
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