The Nanny Has Landed

June 13, 2006


Well, Maria has arrived! An hour and a half early. The dog is so happy she can’t stand it. More hands to pet her.

Since I’m new at this whole “Hi, welcome to my home” thing, I thought perhaps I’d figure out a way for us to get to know each other and make her feel welcome. So, after the grand tour of the house (which took, oh, 4 minutes), we made a grocery list together so that I would know what she liked to eat and she might get a sense of how we live.

This effort was nothing short of comical. Her English is about as good as my Spanish these days. There were hand signals involved. And perhaps some illustrations. And I’m pretty sure Husband and I used the phrase “como se dice…?” about 100 times in 20 minutes. But, we got through it and I now know that she prefers to eat and snack healthily. And that we both share a love of ice cream.

I knew I picked the right one.

The Swimmy is curious, but not antagonistic. She asked several times where Maria was and what she was doing and I encouraged her to go find her and talk to her, which she did. There was a lot of giggling and waving, but I think they’re off to a good start.

This woman is not going to be terribly busy for the next month or so, but I think easing into this whole deal is still the way to go. And with time, I’ll relinquish a little more responsibility to her. Shit, I’ll have to. My mobility these days is getting worse and my brain power is dwindling daily. Want proof? Here ya go:

Things I Did Today to Highlight The Stupid:

1. Smack my head on the top of the car trying to get out of the driver’s seat.

2. Put the ice cream in the refrigerator. And the strawberries in the freezer.

3. Desperately search for my cell phone. That was in my left hand.

4. Miss several exits on a freeway. Twice.

5. Fall asleep in the bathtub.

I think that’s enough for one day, wouldn’t ya say? Welcome to the family, Maria! I’ll try my best not to scare the shit out of you with The Crazy or The Stupid.

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3 Responses to “The Nanny Has Landed”

  1. mamacita tina Says:

    Hi! Just ran across your blog, very cool, very fun.
    Ah yes, pregnant and stupid, I don’t miss that. And you know it only gets worse, especially once the baby arrives and you are sleep deprived.

  2. R. Robyn Says:

    I’m glad you are comfortable with Maria, that is going to be an interesting experience, and hopefully an enriching one.
    I do the searching-for-things-that-I-already-found-thing often. And I’m not pregnant.

  3. Nic Says:

    I’m so glad you have someone to help you in these increasingly tired times. Although I was worried about your list of no brain power, ’cause I? Have done all of those, without the excuse of being pregnant. I can’t tell you how many times I have been driving on I-10 and suddenly thought, “Wait, have I already passed the Beltway? Where am I?” Except the ice cream in the fridge one, I am vigilant about my ice cream.