"Don't we always tell new mothers to sleep when the baby sleeps? Of course that's hard advice to follow, but even thougth she's being paid to care for your little ones she needs a break.
And just think -- she has all Saturday off, all Sunday off, and every day from 5:30 pm to 8 am off! I mean, I'm not being all "if you have time to lean, you have time to clean" about it, but our nanny's situation is not comparable to that of a new mother.
In any event, I had the opportunity to conduct an experiment on Sunday, since my husband was off to work at 6 am and didn't get back until 5 pm. So, I worked during the day to keep things to the standard that I would like to see the nanny achieve.
It required a little additional forethought and multitasking (for example, rather than letting the girls have their afternoon bottle in the playroom, I brought them into the kitchen, popped them in their highchairs and let them have their bottles while I emptyed the dishwasher, wiped things down from breakfast and lunch, etc.) but was very achievable on what I considered an "average behavior" day for the girls. I even had time to watch an espisode of Bones all the way through (while folding laundry in the afternoon), cook myself lunch, chat on the phone for a half-hour and do some pleasure reading.
This was certainly made more doable thanks to the awesome schedule the girls are currently on. While I was home with them, I did everything on demand, while the nanny pretty quickly shifted them onto a schedule -- and they are happier girls for it. They always know what's next during the day, and do not condone deviation! When they felt lunch was running a little late, they crawled over to the kitchen gate, makiing the "eat" sign and when mommy didn't move fast enough, started banging on the gate. Since their day follows a certain set pattern fairly closely, it is much easier to prep for and figure out when to tuck in a couple of 15 minute clean up sessions (which is what all of it, except the laundry folding, which I could do while watching TV, took).
So, I will be having a conversation with the nanny about some general expectations, while also having a discussion about some of the positives (as I think things are going well with regard to the childcare, and both sides should be addressed).