Nanny Diary- Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Hi everyone! October is spina bifida awareness month. In honor of this I thought it would be great time to write about my experience with it.

The first time I was introduced to spina bifida happened a little over a year ago. It was at that time I became a nanny to a baby who has spina bifida. I continued to watch her for the year and still watch her from time to time. It was during that year that I learned a lot about spina bifida and everything it entails. I learned about the different equipment used and all the therapies that are needed.

During my time working with baby I learned a lot and I gained a lot. Even to this day I still get excited each time she hits a major milestone. In fact, I wrote this post while this little girl was sleeping. She had spent the night crawling around and pulling herself into the bath with her sisters! Of course, all of this was done with a huge smile on her face.

Working with this child was so great and it really opened my eyes to spina bifida and other developmental disabilities. It really got me interested in developmental disabilities and I plan to continue my work as a nanny in the field of developmental disabilities!

-A

*Picture from the Spina Bifida Association website.

A Christmas Prince

Hey everyone! Christmas was Monday and I loved being able to spend time with my family. With that being said December was a busy month for Netflix. They have put out quite a few Christmas movies! One of them really stuck out to me, and that was A Christmas Prince.

I watched A Christmas Prince Thursday night and quite a few times since! I absolutely adored this movie! This movie is about a journalist who travels to a different country to interview the prince of the country, but ends up becoming Princess Emily’s tutor. In the movie the princess has spina bifida. This really stuck out to me, because it reminded me of Baby P.

Throughout the movie Princess Emily was seen in a wheelchair, but she was also seen using forearm crutches to walk. Seeing this little girl walking brought so much joy to my heart at the thought of Baby P walking. Not only did Princess Emily walk in the movie she was seen shooting a bow and arrow and even sledding down a huge hill. The fact that she was doing this was a big deal in the movie, because almost every person in the movie underestimated what the princess could do. As I was watching excited at the thought of Baby P doing those activities and then some!

There was one scene in the movie that really stuck out to me. The journalist, Amber, and Princess Emily were going sledding. Before they went down the hill the princess asks Amber, “Do you really think I can do it?” To this Amber responded by telling her, “I think you can do anything you want. You are not a china doll”. Princess Emily then asked her, “what if I end up even more broken than I already am?” When she asked this it totally broke my heart! Amber told her she was not broken, and Emily was ready to go after that! Seeing the princess sled down the hill was so great!

This movie was wonderful! I really did enjoy every minute of it. If you get the chance to watch it you should! Have any of you watched A Christmas Prince? Let me know in the comments below!

-A