Sleeping Newborns 2014
Gentle Ventures 2014
Healthy Children Project: Center for Breastfeeding 2014
The English Nanny and Governess School 2006
exp. September 2023
I remember being asked in kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up. I proudly responded, “A babysitter!” From an early age, I have always had a very nurturing way about me. I started babysitting as a preteen and loved the idea of taking care of someone else, making sure they were safe and happy. Of course, the desire of being a babysitter waned as I got older and I took a completely different route out of my small central Illinois town – I joined the United States Navy.
I served as a Military Police Officer for four years. Unfortunately, I was never on a ship to “See the World!” but I did get to live in Italy for two years and Bahrain for a year and a half. Honestly, thinking back, I was very lucky to have been onshore duty the whole time! However, I did miss taking care of children. While in Italy, I was able to volunteer with the Girl Scouts and read with/to students at the Department of Defense School. I also periodically babysat for fellow sailors’ families that were stationed with them in Italy.
When it came time to separate from the Navy, I had my heart set on being a nanny. I enrolled in The English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and packed my bags. The school was an extensive three-month nanny-training program that prepped me for the life I wanted to live.
After graduation, I packed my bags again and headed to Arlington, Virginia for my first full-time, live-in Professional Nanny position. My family had a 10 week old and twin four-year-olds. For three years, I was like a third parent in the house providing quality care, guidance, safety, security, education, and, above all, love to the greatest children a nanny could ask for.
After three years, I was ready to go to college and I very sadly left the family to start the next chapter of my life. I began my undergraduate program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but finished my degree at Arizona State graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics.
I was not really sure what I wanted to do after graduation, so I went back to what I knew- children. My second Professional Nanny position was with a family who had just had twin boys born at 32 weeks. I started with them shortly after they came home from the NICU at around six weeks old. Mom and dad were first-time parents, so I helped them transition into parenthood, got the babies on a consistent daily feeding and napping schedule, and took care of everything baby-related around the house.
Once the family no longer needed full-time help, I decided my passion was with babies. I learned about Newborn Care Specialists and sleep training and completely fell in love with the idea of getting to help new parents and babies as a career. Getting to educate and help parents, along with loving new babies every 12 weeks, is the most rewarding, thankful profession. I am so happy to have thrown caution to the wind to try it out. I can honestly tell people, “I love what I do and am happy to go to work every night because I am making a difference in someone’s life.”
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, cooking, baking, board games, traveling, and playing with my Irish Doodle, Fae.