As a work from home mom of 5, I am not going to lie: I need help. If I did it alone everyday I would either a.) have to completely say good-bye to my career or b.) probably go crazy. Okay, I clearly wouldn’t go crazy but my nanny saves my sanity. But my nanny just isn’t any hired help, she’s my 23-year-old sister. I am so lucky to be able to keep it in the family. The girls love having their aunt here everyday, from sun up to sun down, to take over my mommy duties so I can still work. Right after I had Grayson, I realized I needed the extra hand. As a Mompreneur, it’s hard with all of the work I have on my plate, and as any working mom knows, it’s hard to work and raise a family, which is why it’s okay to ask for help. In honor of National Nanny Recognition Week, I thought I’d share my nanny with you and why we love her so much.
My typical day consist of no office hours as I sleep with my iPhone under my pillow. I answer emails at all hours. On a daily basis I am constantly working. Whether it’s pitching clients, answering hundreds of emails, scheduling photo shoots, product placement and managing cupcakeMAG while somehow, in between it all, I maintain my sanity while raising 5 kids under 10. Not to mention I write for Babble and other outlets too. In between all of that is soccer practice, trips to Target and at some point I try and get laundry done.
And yesterday, the unexpected happened when my 3 year-old fainted. She’s been sick and struggling the last few days and when Katlyn went to pick her up, she went limp, her eyes were rolling in the back of her head and she lost all color; completely blue lips and all. It was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life. One of the hardest things you deal with as a mom is when your little one is sick, so I was really happy that Kate was by my side. I don’t think I would have handled it as well if she wasn’t. I would have been on a stretcher with Kennadi as we headed into the ambulance because I just was so upset. Katlyn immediately had me call 911 while she tried to keep Kennadi stable and remind the other kids that she would be okay as they all watched on. It’s moments of chaos where I really just feel so blessed to be able to have help.
Click-through my favorite pictures of our nanny and see just why we couldn’t take on the days without her!
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