After having become the grandmother of twin girls, I was especially concerned about how my daughter and her husband would manage to get enough rest to meet the infant demands of my two darling granddaughters. The parents- to- be discovered Emily at a hospital education program. After a positive interview she agreed to be the after- birth help they were seeking. She started her duties as soon as the twins arrived home, screaming to get out of the bitter cold January morning. Emily brought calm and competence into the nursery immediately, and I knew those babies were in good hands. She had the knowledge and sensitivity to guide the new parents without being intrusive and carried out their choices respectfully. Her flexibility and initiative in keeping the kitchen organized and the laundry clean were valuable assets in maintaining order in the household.
Most importantly, I watched the way she related to the tiny beings she nurtured. They were secure and happy with her as infants as well as later when she helped them adapt to a routine suitable to their age and development. Emily never interfered with the essential bond that grew between parents and babies. Keeping a balance between professional caregiver and appropriate emotional involvement was one of her greatest strengths.
I believe character is an essential quality for someone who guides babies in their development as social individuals who are learning about who they are and how they should behave in the world outside of themselves. Emily is stellar in that regard. She quickly picked up the family values and the rhythms needed to make their lives run smoothly, at least as much as that is possible with two tykes the same age.
Emily’s tenure lasted as long as her geographic proximity to the family. They have moved and now have an additional baby. I regret their leaving and having to do without her excellent help. I have an abiding affection for Emily and enjoy our continuing relationship. She is a treasure to three generations of my family and will remain a beloved friend.
-Jackie, Emmie, & Paul’s “GranMommie”