Hey, everyone! From those of you who've used nannies, I'm looking for any tips and happy stories you may have to help calm my nerves (whether the nannies in question speak your language or not). :-)
My husband and I are Americans living in Kyiv, Ukraine. I'm only 16-weeks pregnant at the moment, but I'm staring down the barrel of going back to work and handing my 3-month-old baby off to a Ukrainian nanny who will have her own Ukrainian child-rearing ideas that may or may not be compatible with our American ideas, and who may or may not speak any English. I have next to no Ukrainian, and though my Russian is decent, I'm not sure about my ability to convey nuances of how we'd like our child to be handled. I'm also totally wigged out at the prospect of leaving such a young child alone with a stranger all day with no oversight. I mean, odds are the nanny will be fantastic. But what if she's not? How would I know? :-\
I'm totally uneasy about this. I'm actually looking into the possibility of taking some extended time off to stay home with the baby until it's closer to a year old, but it may not work out. If I could feel more confident about the nanny thing, it would REALLY help me to navigate the HR labyrinth (and obviously would be a tremendous help if I do wind up going back to work so soon).
Thanks in advance, ladies!