Day in the Life with Three Year Olds

I haven’t done one in awhile, and now that the girls have just turned 3, I figured today was as good of a day as any! So here’s a day in the life (DITL) as a nanny for twin 3 year olds. Fair warning, DITL posts are always pretty long (and this one has no pictures – whoops!)

8:00 – I arrive and set my stuff down. E is cuddling with her mom, and M is still asleep! This is pretty unusual as both are usually up and playing by the time I get here. She must have been worn out from her birthday party the day before!

8:15 – We hear M waking up so E and I decide to hide under a blanket. When M comes down, E pulls it off and we say boo. M thinks it’s pretty funny.

8:20 – We play. M wants to show me how she colored in Sophia’s purple dress in a coloring book. E works on her name puzzle.

8:30 – We read books. The girls want a few Fancy Nancy books and Frosty the Snowman this morning.

8:45 – Time for breakfast! We all head upstairs to make breakfast. Before I can start, M insists on showing me all of her favorite presents from their birthday party. While the eggs are cooking, I wash the dishes that are in the sink.

9:10 – The girls and I sit down while they eat their breakfast. Today, E is having eggs, pancakes with spreadable fruit, oatmeal, raspberries and water, while picky pants little M sticks with just raspberries, pancakes with spreadable fruit, cereal, and milk. We talk about a variety of subjects including the weather, what shapes they’re making their pancakes into as they take bites, what our plans are for the day, etc.

9:50 – The girls finally finish their breakfast. Usually they finish in under 30 minutes, but we weren’t in any rush today, so we talked a lot, and I didn’t encourage them to eat any faster. I have the girls carry their plates and fork and put them in the sink. This a new “chore” we just started. The girls enjoy helping. Then, I help them wash their hands. [A good trick for proper hand washing is to put the soap on their hands, turn off the water, and have them sing their ABC’s while they’re rubbing their hands together. Once the song is done, then the water goes back on and have them rinse] The girls head downstairs to play while I wash their breakfast dishes.

10:00 – I join the girls downstairs and start folding a load of their laundry. The girls go “monster hunting” while I fold.

10:20 – In between multiple trips to help the girls monster hunt, I finally finish folding laundry. Now it’s time to get the girls’ dressed. E is up first. She takes off her own pajamas and then we work on getting herself dressed. She can do her undies and pants, but still needs help with her shirt. She’s getting it though!

10:25 – Now, it’s M’s turn. She undresses herself and then puts on her own socks, undies, and pants. She’s still working on getting her own shirt on too. [I like to encourage kids to do simple tasks like getting undressed and dressed on their own. It helps foster independence and problem solving, as well as cognitive development. Of course I’m always there to help them if they need it.]

10:30 – Time to do the girls’ hair. E is obsessed with having a fishtail braid every single day and refuses all other options I give her. As much as I want to change it up every once in a while, I fully believe in picking your battles with kids. This is one battle I’m not willing to fight. Fishtail braid it is. M is much more willing to allow me to do whatever my heart desires to her hair. Today I decide on a simple side braid.

10:45 – Potty time. Since we’re about to leave, I have each girl go potty. I also brush their teeth at this point too.

10:55 – We go upstairs and get the girls’ shoes and coats on.

11:00 – We are finally out the door (Note: This wasn’t a typical day for us. Usually, if we’re meeting someone for a play date or heading to My Gym, we need to be out the door by 10:15. But since it was just us, our timing was more flexible.)

11:15 – We stop at the bank. While waiting in line for the ATM, we talk about what the people who work at a bank are called and what their job is.

11:35 – Today, our main adventure is going to Petco. I need to buy dog food and the girls love going here with me. They have mini shopping carts for the girls to push around and, of course, lots of animals to look at. We take our time and visit almost every animal in the store (the exception being the cats up for adoption, since we stop there right before checking out). We talk about why they’re in the the tanks they are in and what they eat. We talk about what they would feel like to touch and the girls pick out their favorites. We also talk about what the worker is doing (cleaning out the cages) and why they need to do that as well as counting how many of each animal we see. After that, we grab the dog food. Just before heading to check out, we stop by the cats for adoption. They ask for me to tell them what their names are, so I do (they have little info sheets on each cat’s cage). We discuss their different colors and what they’re currently doing. Then we talk about how they’re in the cages because they’re hoping to find homes. Then it’s time to checkout.

12:15 – We leave Petco.

12:25 – We’re home and I make the girls’ lunch. They play with different toys while I get everything ready.

12:45 – E finishes her lunch. So we wash her hands and then she heads downstairs to play.

12:50 – M finishes her lunch. We wash her hands and then I send her downstairs to play as well. I wash their lunch dishes and empty the dishwasher.

1:00 – I go downstairs and we start our nap time routine by going potty (I can’t say I miss diapers one bit!)

1:10 – I pick out a book for what we call “milk and book time” (clever, I know 😉 ) I read the book to them and then take E to her room and sing her two songs (she chooses – usually it’s Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Alphabet Song). I leave her room and then take M upstairs. She has chosen a short book and we sit in her rocking chair and read it before I tuck her into bed.

1:30 – Girls are in bed (although not asleep). I take this time to eat my lunch, update my planner, and do some recipe searching and planning activities for us to do.

1:50 – E is sound asleep, but M is still awake (not surprising since she slept in this morning).

2:35 – After lots of singing and playing and talking in her bed, M finally gives in and goes to sleep.

4:15 – The girls are still snoozing away, but it’s time to wake them up. I get M first, and we stop in the kitchen for the girls’ recent favorite snack – yogurt tubes, and their drinks. We go downstairs and put their drinks and snacks down and then it’s time for M to go potty. While she’s doing that, I get E and by then it’s her turn on the potty.

4:20 – The girls sit down and eat.

4:30 – Snack is over, now it’s playtime! We play none other than Frozen. I’m Anna, M is Elsa, and E is Olaf.

4:45 – The girls ask to open up our sensory bin which currently has brown kinetic sand, cookie cutters, stacking cups, and spoons. I open it up and of course they want to bring their Frozen toys in it. I narrow it down to just the plastic Elsa and plastic Olaf since they clean up easier.

5:00 – The girls’ dad comes down and it’s time for me to leave to head to my other nanny job!


A Day In the Life of a Nanny

Since the last day in the life I did was 4 months ago, and young children change so much so quickly, I decided to detail another day. That day was Thursday, September 19. The girls are now 21 months old.

8:00 – I arrive at work. The girls and I play with different toys and read multiple books. They’ve been really into Halloween books recently.

8:45 – The girls’ mom comes down to say goodbye before she goes to work.

9:00 – Mom leaves and the girls and I play some more.

9:30 – Breakfast time! Today the girls eat pancakes with spreadable fruit, yogurt, and blackberries.

10:20 – Breakfast is over and the girls get their first diaper change during their time with me. With the girls about to turn 2, they’re holding it more and requiring less diaper changes during the day. Potty training is in the near future.

10:30 – While M plays with the felt board and E looks through books, I start the first load of laundry.

10:45 – We get our shoes on, and head outside to do a fun painting project. We paint the sidewalk, acorns, and leaves. We talk about why leaves are falling from the trees, what animals eat acorns, and what the acorns grow into when planted.

11:05 – We find an inchworm crawling across the ground. We call it a caterpillar and the girls tell me about its life cycle. I tell them it’s like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and he started as an egg. They are able to tell me that he’ll build a chrysalis and turn into a butterfly. Technically this is wrong, since they actually build a cocoon and turn into a moth, but they were transferring their knowledge from the book onto the inchworm. [Side note: The book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is actually wrong. Caterpillars that turn into butterflies build a chrysalis (not a cocoon as stated in the book). Caterpillars that turn into a moth build a cocoon.]

11:10 – We go back to painting. We mix colors and talk about what colors they’re making.

11:40 – Clean up begins. The girls are covered in paint.

12:00 – I switch the 1st load of laundry to the dryer and put a second load in the wash. The girls are playing independently.

12:30 – Diaper change time!

12:40 – We head upstairs for breakfast. Today the girls have a few bites of chicken before deciding they don’t want anymore, so we switch to pita bread and hummus. They also have yogurt, a cereal bar, and raspberries.

1:20 – We clean up from lunch and head downstairs for a little bit of play time.

1:50 – I check the girls diapers, they’re still dry. Then it’s milk and book time. The girls drink milk while I read them a few books to wind down for nap.

2:05 – The girls and I walk up to their cribs, they each choose a book and I tuck them in, tell them goodnight and head downstairs.

2:10 – I use the time while the girls nap today to switch the laundry, prep snack, make and eat my lunch, relax, and then fold their laundry.

2:20 – The monitor goes quiet  – the girls are asleep.

4:10 – I go up to their bedroom and gently wake the girls up. I put out their snack and cups of milk.

4:15 – Each of the girls gets a diaper change.

4:20 –  We build towers with their stacking cups, color a bit, play with bead necklaces, play in the house we built out of a box, etc.

5:00 – The girls’ dad comes down and takes over the care of the girls. I tell them goodbye and I’ll see them tomorrow!


Life as a nanny

This is a picture-less day in the life of a nanny to two adorable 17 month olds. May 23, 2013 if you’re wondering!
8:00- I arrive at work, the girls are happily playing. I sit on the floor with them and we play for a bit – putting together puzzles, making a block tower that they thoroughly enjoy knocking over repeatedly, and reading several books.
8:40 – Both girls get diaper change #1 of my day with them. I use diaper changes to give each girl some (brief) individual time with me. I ask them questions (even ones they don’t know how to answer just yet – “Did you have a good night last night?” “Did you sleep well?” “What was your favorite thing we did today?”) or sing songs – they choose which song.
8:50 – Mom comes down to say goodbye before she heads off to work. Dad joins us too. E starts getting upset and cranky because she’s hungry and wants to eat breakfast a little early today. So, upstairs to eat we go.
9:05 – While I’m prepping the pancakes, M poops so it’s time for diaper change #2 for her.
9:15 – Breakfast time! Blueberry pancakes, eggs for E (M is mildly allergic, she breaks out in a rash each time she eats them by themselves, so no plain eggs for her) both get yogurt and peaches too.
9:40 – Breakfast is over, time to play! We play with the princess castle that I talked about in this post.
9:50 – E poops so its diaper change #2 for her. I check M to see if she needs to be changed but she’s still dry.
10:15 – I get the girls dressed and pack our books to head to the library and get new ones.
10:35 – I do a diaper check to make sure they’re both dry before we leave (they are) and we head to the library. At the library we pick out lots of books, play with puzzles, explore search and find bean bags, and play with plastic people figures. We also read a few books that we didn’t bring home with us.
12:40 – We get back from the library and it’s diaper change #3 for both girls.
12:50 – We start a late lunch of chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, yogurt, some grapes, and peaches.
1:30 – Lunch is over, we come downstairs and play while I wait for the after lunch/before nap poops. Seriously. It’s like clockwork just about every day. {Hoping this will help potty training!}
1:40 – I ask M to poop, so she does. {She’s awesome at doing it when I ask. Once again, this will help potty training!} Diaper change #4 for her.
1:47 – E poops, diaper change #4 for her too.
1:55 – I tell the girls it’s milk and book time, so they walk over to the books. I sit down and both girls sit on my lap and drink their milk. We read 3 books. We finish up our little nap time routine and the girls are put in their cribs.
2:30 – It has never taken the girls this long to go to sleep! They were so so so chatty today, E in particular. I’m pretty sure M conked out around 2:15 or 2:20 because I didn’t hear her talking after that. E is having a full conversation with herself or her stuffed Elmo instead of going to sleep.
2:38 – Both girls are now asleep. Typically, they’re both out by 2:10 or 2:15 at the latest. While the girls nap I finish up anything that needs to be finished – putting any outdoor toys we may have used earlier away, folding laundry, getting snack ready, etc. Today everything was already finished, so I was able to relax right away and get some smaller things done that I needed to cross off my to do list.
4:08 – I hear a voice through the monitor. M is awake. As soon as I get in their room, E wakes up.
4:10 – We’re downstairs now with milk, water, and goldfish. The girls eat their snack and drink their drinks while I get out crayons and open a fresh blank coloring page.
4:20 – Diaper changes #5 for both girls, one at a time while the other colors. 
4:30 – Diaper changes are done so we get to color together now. I get asked to write their names as well as asked to draw lots of hearts and squares. These girls know exactly what they want when it comes to coloring. They scribble, switch colors, scribble on what I drew, switch colors, and repeat.
5:00 – Grandma comes over, we chit chat for a bit and then I head out to rest up for the next day.