My friend K wanted to take her mother to Vegas with her husband for a few days and asked me to watch her two most precious possessions – her 5 year old son C and her 20 month old daughter M. Our other friend E was going to watch them Friday and Saturday while I was Black Friday shopping and I would pick them up Sunday, take C to swimming lessons and then take care of them for the next three days except when they were in daycare/school and I was at work. Of course I agreed, I love those kids and I wanted my friend to feel calm and have fun knowing her children were in good, safe hands while she was celebrating her mom!
So on Sunday morning, I went from having zero responsibility to full responsibility for two sweet little lives.
Now this isn’t my first rodeo with children. I have lots of little kidlets I have babysat in the past; and at times my nieces and nephew, while growing up, lived at my dads house so I saw routines being created and heard the temper tantrums, cries in the middle of the night and screams when one was hurt – numerous times!! However, being solely responsible for not one but TWO actual lives for almost 72 hours is something I hadn’t really thought of.
The first night I had them, C was coughing during the night I knew he was alive and well one bedroom over, but last night – no coughing! I thought for sure I had killed him. I got up three times in the middle of the night to check his chest to make sure he was breathing – ya I am clearly
Getting C to his swimming class was a chore, only because it was warm in the building so I was holding my large purse filled with a diaper, wipes, a toy, a drink and snacks, three jackets, a bag with a towel and of course holding M’s little hand who was grasping tightly to three little stuffed animals (she totally stole my stuffed animals, what a thief!). While C was swimming, M sat in a chair eating a chocolate chip bear paw, drinking her bottle of water and hugging MY stuffies. She was great. When it was time to get C, we walked into the change room, I asked M to stay by me while I helped C get dressed and she did! SUCCESS!
I have not had one tear over missing mommy or daddy thank goodness because K and I were both positive M would BAWL her little eyes out cause she is very anxious around people that aren’t her parents. But as of this mornings drop off she has been full of smiles and giggles.
One thing that has been a saving grace, is that M wants to eat all the time. Yogurt, cookies, grilled cheese, pb and j, toast, water, milk, pudding, teddy grahams, apple…it doesn’t matter…she will eat it and I swear she has NO END. Such a tiny little cutie and she just eats and doesn’t stop until I tell her no more! This morning she ate her breakfast and all of C’s crust from his pb on toast.
I have learned that while routines are important and must be established, it’s important to be flexible…C is a sloooowwwww riser, he doesn’t move quickly or want to get dressed or eat his breakfast so having his clothes ready and breakfast made before even trying to wake him was mandatory! M wakes quickly and of course will eat as soon as her eyes open and will let me dress her immediately so with her I didn’t need to be SO prepared.
Tonight, the parents come back. I will miss the joy of kissing the kids goodnight and good morning, I will miss the hugs and the smiles. I will however, enjoy a good night sleep tonight and will hopefully dream of the little baby boy or girl I hope to adopt (more on that later) in 2016/17.
What a great experience to have…thanks K!
P.S C said he wants to marry me so I can buy him lots of toys in the Toys R Us flyer…uh huh, I am loved 😉