My first official day back leaving Piper with the nanny was somewhat a disaster. Our nanny is a talker, so it took me forever to get through the basics of where stuff was, feeding, diapering, and so on. When I finally got out the door, I realized I forgot my wallet halfway to campus (partially because the nanny was chatting so much I had to literally escape without checking my bag like I usually do). As a result, I didn't have my ID card on campus to get out the documentary for class tonight. The student worker took pity on me, though she made it a point to tell me that she wasn't supposed to. After a long three hour class, I got home to find that Piper had gone to bed but had been both exhausted and hungry when DH got home from work. I guess our nanny didn't recognize her hunger cries even though I told her she would probably need to be fed around 5. The noise machine we found for the nursery also apparently shuts itself off, meaning that Piper woke up 15 minutes into her nap because she can't sleep without white noise and I guess our nanny couldn't get her down again. When DH got home at 6 he tried putting her down and ended up feeding her almost 9 oz (!!!) before finally getting her to bed at 9, which is about two hours later than we've been putting her down lately. So frustrating.
I really like our nanny in general, but I'm not sure she's super amazing with babies. She interacts really well with them and she's great with playing and going for walks and reading to her, but she's not great on the nurturing side of things. It's hard too because Piper is not an easy baby in that you have to be super careful about making her take naps. She gets exhausted but fights sleep because she wants to be looking at people and things. I only barely get her down for naps during the day by nursing her down, sometimes spending half an hour to 45 minutes to get her down for a 1 hour nap. I know that's not realistic for someone without milk producing boobs, but I had hoped an experienced nanny would have some tricks up her sleeve. I guess it's unrealistic to think she would just know what to do for this particular baby after one day. They'll have to get used to each other, but the whole thing just breaks my heart. :(