Week 1: Getting (semi) settled – Au Pair Adventures

Well hello friend! How are you today? After a few days of radio silence, I thought it was time to update you all on my adventure again. I’ve been here for nearly a week now and I’m still very happy! Even though the homesickness is settling in my stomach like a still somewhat small brick. But more on that later.  

Anyway, do I just did my second ‘day’ of work. I use quotation marks because my work hours on Monday and Tuesday have been very little. On Monday I worked from 07:30 to 09:30 where I really didn’t do anything else besides like observe the current Au Pair preparing lunch for the kids and doing the laundry and other stuff that I will be doing by myself next week. Then I worked a couple of hours at night; from 17:30 to 20:00 I think. And today I only worked from 17:30 to 20:30. So not very hard work at all! The work I did mainly consisted off helping with the kids dinner and putting them to bed, and feeding the baby and putting her to bed. Not very taxing stuff, yet. But then tomorrow I’m working from 07:30 to 17:30 so that’ll be a bit longer and tiring, I’m guessing. 

But after that I’m going to the weekly Au Pair Starbucks meeting! So I’m getting picked up at like 8 or something by one of the Au Pairs in my ‘cluster’ (my area) to go there and hang out with a lot of Au Pairs who live in the area but who are also from different organisations. It should be good and it’ll definitely be good to get out of the house! I was kinda stuck in the house today because it started snowing again and I didn’t feel like trekking through the snow and cold without a definite purpose. So I stayed in and watched Psych: The Musical and a few episodes of Make it or Break It while drafting in and out of sleep because I also wasn’t feeling very well. Nothing serious, just womanly pleasures I guess. 

Anyway, last Sunday I went to a cluster meeting and met a lot of wonderful people. Literally every single one of the women that I’ve met on that night were incredibly nice and I hope that I will see more of them during my time here. I love all the different nationalities, even though most of them were German. It was kind of a running gag throughout the meeting that I was Dutch because one of the German girls had emailed me in German, thinking I was German too. So they all were like ‘oohhh you’re the Dutch girl!’ But yea, so a lot of Germans, some South Africans, and then a girl from Colombia and one from I think Spain and one girl from South London. Lovely lovely people. I’m really glad I met them. 

But yeah, homesickness. It’s not too bad at the moment, thank goodness. It was just today with not feeling well that I felt like, you know what I don’t want to leave but I wouldn’t mind being at home right now either. But I know that’s normal, we talked about it extensively at orientation 😛 And it’s also that I need to start doing fun stuff when I can. This being cooped up in the house isn’t something that I need to be doing all week. I’d go crazy I think. And seeing as there will definitely some cooping going on with being with the baby for whole days, I need to make sure that I get out enough to retain my sanity somewhat. But that’ll be alright, I have a lot of exploring to do around Chicago. Where I haven’t even been yet! 

So yeah.. That’s it for now. I will keep you updated on my life as it progresses and maybe I’ll even throw in a book review when I have the time. Remember when I used to do those..?

Anyway, see you soon!


Author: EMK

Just blogging away in my free time while I try to make something of my life

One thought on “Week 1: Getting (semi) settled – Au Pair Adventures”

  1. Hope you feel better soon. The homesickness will still strike, but you’ll push through it, I’m sure. Enjoy settling in and good luck with all the new responsibilities.

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