Maid for each other, not really!

When my son woke up in a spotless diaper one morning a few days ago, I was relieved. I change his diaper immediately once soiled, but it is not possible at times, especially when I am sleeping. Having completed three months, my baby sleeps longer at night now, as predicted by his doctor.

The credit of his not soiling the diaper at night was, however, claimed by his nanny, insisting this could be possible only because she had pressed his thumbs the previous evening. I don't know whether her claim holds any water or if acupressure offers any such remedy, but I know for sure that breastfed babies pass more stool than those on formula.

And maybe this is why the nanny, a self-proclaimed "trained nurse", has been trying to convince me that I should immediately start giving him formula, or even Mother Dairy milk, saying my son won't grow if he keeps passing motion so many times a day -- so what if his paediatrician has certified that he is growing 35 grams per day, which is "more than adequate".

Working with me since October, the nanny has given me several such shocks in these two months. The first one was her straightforward question: "Did you see a snake when you were pregnant?" Not at all convinced with my reply in the negative, she asked me: "Why would your baby stick out his tongue all the time otherwise?" She was certain that there could not be any other explanation. I did not expect this from somebody who claimed to have been a nurse.

In her late 40s, the lady had impressed me with her "bio-data" as she claimed to have "raised several children" and that she had been trained as a nurse but could not complete the course "because of some problems". Besides, she had been recommended by a few of our acquaintances. I liked her reasoning when she refused to do the dusting saying she could not go near the baby in her dusty clothes. She offered to give me an oil massage every day, which a woman needs after delivery. She was to work as a full-time maid and do cooking, cleaning and washing, besides taking care of the baby when I joined office. Satisfied with the interview, I hired her, agreeing to pay her a fortune. With three months' maternity leave still remaining, I was confident there was enough time to train her further to suit our requirements.

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