For the most part, I am happy about the move. But there is one thing I do miss…
In NYC we lived in a building with a common garden, playroom, and lobby. We all had small apartments so most people would gather in these areas to get a change of scenery. There was a close knit group of nannies that I spent a lot of time with over the past four years and I miss them a lot. Amelia misses the kids these nannies watched as well. It was nice coming homing and seeing a friendly face in the lobby or knowing you could text someone and meet them downstairs for a playdate.
I have tons of friends in LA but you have to plan ahead to see them. When we come home we usually go straight to our apartment without seeing anyone we know.
Amelia grew up with the kids in our building. She was very close with them and while I can never tell her this… she will never see those friends again. See all of her friends she grew up with had nannies and we rarely saw the parents. I have no way of contacting the parents of her NYC friends. I am close with the nannies but many of them will get new jobs with other families when Amelia’s friends start full day Pre-K in the fall. I miss the nannies I befriended now that I am in LA, but even if I stayed in NY the group would have had to separated in the fall.
Whenever I miss them I just think about all they taught be about babies and children. These women spent their lives raising other people’s children and gave the best advice! Those first few years of motherhood would have been very tough without them and I will forever be thankful that I had them in my life.