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Our wonderful nanny

by Kerryn on December 7th, 2010

I was about to start writing a post on the challenges of balancing work with being a mom. Before I do that though I need to introduce the wonderful lady that allows me to go to work secure in the knowledge that my baby girl is in great hands.

Please meet Kalubi Ncube. She is a mother of 2 boys (ages 11 & 17) and is from Zimbabwe. She worked in Zim as a school teacher, but was forced to move to South Africa to earn enough money to support her family after her husband passed away. What is really sad is that she has had to leave her boys in Zimbabwe with their grandparents while she looks after other people’s children; currently my little girl.

We couldn’t have found a nicer nanny for Georgina though. She really cares for her and is visibly upset when Georgie is sick or unhappy. Georgie’s face just lights up when Kalubi arrives in the morning. She was instrumental in helping Georgie to learn to sit by wrapping a thick blanket around her that supported her when she was wobbly. She has taught her to wave hello and goodbye and a random “hey look at me I’m over here” wave.

While I was still on maternity leave I felt ill at the thought of leaving Georgie with someone while I worked. We can’t afford for me to be a stay-at-home mom. I couldn’t fathom how I would be able to entrust Georgie to a stranger. Now I feel privileged that there is another wonderful person that is so involved in Georgie’s life and who will be instrumental in bringing her up.

Kalubi also helps me to become a better mom. She keeps telling me not to panic and that Georgie will crawl when she is ready. She offers me useful ideas about why she thinks Georgie might be niggly or upset. We share tips on how to get her to sleep more easily and ways to entertain her. We both get excited when she makes a new sound or discovers something for the first time.

Obviously there are difficulties in having someone else look after your child. I often struggle to communicate why I want things done a certain way. For example that if she doesn’t want any more food to trust that she has had enough and not to trick her into eating more than she wants. Also why it is important that she spends time on her tummy, when she isn’t mad about it. I’m also a bit sad when Georgie does something new with Kalubi that I’m not home to see. On the whole though I feel very blessed to have such a special person to look after our baby.