How does it feel to give birth and go back to work after 12 weeks leaving your new baby with the nanny? How much trust and courage does it take?
How does it feel to raise kids who are not your own? How much love and patience does it take?
And how does it feel when it’s time to say goodbye?
Ruth contacted me back in May to inquire about a Day In The Life session. To my surprise she was looking to capture a day she was not a part of. She wanted me to come and spend time with her two boys Zach and Theo and their beloved nanny Georgia. This was the last month that Georgia was going to spend with their family.
While I am sure the pictures will talk for themselves and you’ll see what a special person Georgia is and what kind of relationships she built with the family, I want to share a part of a post that Ruth published in a parents’ Facebook group (with her permission of course):
“Nanny available, early July.
I always knew I’d find myself here and yet am still in complete shock that the time is now. A recommendation post for our beloved Georgia as she looks for a new family to care for, beginning this summer.
Our full time nanny for nearly 8 years, Georgia has loved my children fiercely and beared witness to their whole lives. To them she is their memory keeper and their biggest fan and her chest is still their favorite place to rest their heads, even though they are now 5 + 7. She has helped shape us as parents and instilled a confidence in the way I think of my own parenting and about what is happening during the hours we are not there. She has traveled with us near and far, knows every member of our extended family and every friend we’ve ever had, lived with us during my second maternity leave, and was the first to change our younger son’s diaper in the hospital when he was born, a story she tells with pride when we walk down memory lane.”
Enjoy the slideshow!
Both Georgia and the family got the albums to cherish these precious memories forever. Such a thoughtful and meaningful goodbye gift!