These two are always smiling and laughing. They’re so inquisitive and full of life, always taking in the world around them. I’d like to think my wife and I can take credit for some of the so many ways we’re proud of O and Jake. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also give a lot of that credit to our full-time Nanny.
Both my wife and I work full-time and after we went back to work, following Maternity/Paternity Leave, our Nanny watched O and Jake for the majority of the day. In just three weeks both of our babies will be moving on to the next phase in their childhood. They’ll both be starting pre-school and the woman they’ve come to know as “Loddy” (Her name is Elida but I guess that’s hard to say! lol) won’t be with them anymore. Of course this is sad for many reasons.
Elida does have some good things to look forward to as she is pregnant and expecting her second child in October. Despite her moving on from watching O and Jake you’d think this would be a joyous time. Unfortunately, her mind isn’t quite able to focus on delivering a healthy baby. Ultrasounds have found a tumor in the baby and growing to the point that it’s pushing on the heart. I’m not sure what the outcome is at this time but they are monitoring the baby very closely. It’s hard knowing she’s going to miss O and Jake and it’s hard knowing I can’t do anything to help her with the tumor in her unborn child.
Just today Elida came to work as usual. Only this time she shared with us how her family woke up to having their bikes stolen! Both Elida and her husband are very hard working people and have done so much for our family. Why people need to resort to taking from others like this is absurd and it really bothered me.
While I can’t do anything about O and Jake moving on to pre-school nor can I do anything about her baby’s tumor, I can about this. I sent out a single tweet this morning concerning my disappointment and immediately received people willing to help. I also mentioned something on my Late Night Parents Show last night and had the same amazing feedback.
I was very appreciative for the feedback I received and really want to help Elida get the bikes back that were stolen from her husband, her son, and her. I know they don’t have a lot of money and won’t be able to replace them on their own. I just feel that at this time they should be celebrating and enjoying the pregnancy and the time spent watching O and Jake. Instead this is just one more thing that weighs on her mind at such a critical time for her emotional well being.
I’m not sure how I’m going to do it but I feel compelled to get Elida’s family some new bikes. They deserve a little goodness in their lives right now and I feel a sense of responsibility to help make that happen. We may not be able to prevent others from taking but we can surely have control over what we give.