We often get asked exactly what we do you do for new moms? This post gives a looks into a typical day of one of our Care For Mom Caregivers.
Today I am caring for a mom with a newborn. Before I leave, I give her a call and ask her if she would like me to pick anything up at the grocery store. She lets out a sign of relief and asks if I wouldn’t mind stopping and picking up a package of newborn diapers and fragrance free wipes. I happily agree and am on my way.
I arrive at the client’s home at 9am and send a text message and lightly knock on the door. She opens the door with her baby in her arms. She had previously filled out a Help List so I am aware of what she needs help with but ask her if there is anything pressing she would like me to help her with or if I should begin going through her help list. She asks if I wouldn’t mind holding the baby so she can take a hot shower and put on “real clothes.”
When she has finished showering, I make her a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, orange slices, and a cup of tea. She sits to eat and puts the baby in her bouncer seat while I begin emptying the dishwasher and then filling it with the dishes in the sink. I then clean up breakfast and look to see what’s next on her list.
By this time it is 10am and I take a basket of baby’s laundry to the washer and switch a load of bed sheets to the dryer and fold her husbands shirts and pants. I then begin wiping down her kitchen counters and mop the kitchen floor. Mom lays baby down for a nap, and says she is going to lay down for a bit as well, “It was a long night last night” she says as she heads up to her bedroom.
I begin cleaning her downstairs bathroom, cleaning the mirror, wiping down the sink and bathtub, cleaning the toilet, and mop the floor.
Mom and baby wake up around 11am and I ask if I can clean her master bedroom. I vacuum, dust and change the sheets on her bed with the new linens that came fresh out of the dryer.
I take off my cleaning apron, wash my hands and make a sandwich with the deli meat in her refrigerator along with some of the cut up fruit that she says should be in there. I hold her baby while she eats her lunch and she tells me with a smile, “I am glad you are here.” This warms my heart!
At noon, I review the Help List and see I have been able to get to all of her requested needs for the day. I ask her if there is anything else she needs or if she would like me to stay a bit longer and she asks if I wouldn’t mind coming back at the end of the week because her husband will be working late this week. I say my goodbyes and head home feeling very happy to have helped this mama and her new little baby girl.