Adventures in Babysitting

by doodaddy on July 12, 2007

We had our first babysitter come yesterday. Yes, the first babysitter — ever.

She’s one of my volunteers at the wildlife hospital, a 19-year old home from college for the summer. I’ve taught her to restrain wild animals, so I figured she’d probably be game enough for Boobaby.

I took SitterOne to the playground to acclimate Boo to the new arrangement. Almost immediately, she let Boo tumble down a step into the sandbox. Now, Boobaby tumbles a lot and thought landing in the sand was great fun. Although my internal panic alarms were going off, I didn’t let anything show. (No, really, Park Buddy even commented on how calm I stayed.) Sitter the First got more attentive after that, though Boo has this way of pretending that she’s an infant tank. It’s very convincing.

After the rocky start, Boo and Sitter Lady (can’t quite decide on her pseudonym) dashed off and tore up the place, leaving me clueless about what to do. I can’t be at a playground and not play, so as a fallback, I sought out other babies to play with. I swung with 20-month old Solid Boy (wearing a NEW! GREEN! HELMET!), played tree-climbing and crash! with Buddy Boy, and made googly eyes with the tummy time babies. Finally, a dad offered (only half in jest) to hire me for daycare. I laid off at that point and hung with Park Buddy.

I got to chat. Chat! With another parent!

Cool.

It only got cooler. Back at home, with SitterOneLadyTheFirst entertaining and feeding, I was able to clean the toilet, sweep and mop the kitchen, unload and re-load the dishwasher, and do a dozen other little chores. I even went to the market during naptime! And prepped dinner! And took out the garbage cans!

I tell you, Solid Boy’s got nothing on me. He’s got that new bike helmet — I’ve got a NEW! GREEN! BABYSITTER!

You’ve been holding out on me. I had no idea babysitting was this nifty!

Now, then… there’s no downside, is there?

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Annie July 12, 2007 at 5:36 am

Sounds great! We have live in babysitters for 5 weeks (my sister in law and her fiance) and I thought I’d get LOADS done while they are here – but sadly they don’t rise out of their bed until after lunchtime and anything I need done is done, or isn’t going to get done because I’m too pissed off to do it! (should have done my own blog post about this ha ha!)

Enjoy the babysitter – and all the catching up on chores you get done while she’s there!

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Rachel July 12, 2007 at 9:32 am

Personally, I believe that hiring a good affordable baby sitter who you can trust is most important. I know of a great website that allows you to look through a list of sitter profiles in your geographical area and allows you to find a babysitter that fits your needs. The address is http://www.mynannycalledinsick.com
Rachel

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cryitout July 12, 2007 at 10:05 am

Downside? I’d say doing chores while she’s there IS the downside. Go out. Get a coffee. Chat! It’s unbelievable.

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doodaddy July 14, 2007 at 11:04 pm

@Annie~ I know — sometimes the relations aren’t nearly as useful as someone being paid, huh? Especially when you’re still in the house; it’s like they unconsciously still consider you in charge, even if they’ve offered to help out.

@rachel~ Thanks for the site! I’m pretty happy with who we’ve got, but she’s just here for the summer, so I might look into it later.

@cryitout~ Believe it or not, doing chores during the day is completely, completely relaxing to me. I know — I’m weird that way. “An empty laundry basket is a lovesome thing, God wot…”

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Rachel August 17, 2007 at 10:04 am

Doing chores while hiring a babysitter is a little bit ridiculous. It’s so important to have some personal time in order to be able to function as a good parent. You can find a babysitter that will do your chores for you. On mynannycalledinsick.com you can look through baby sitter listings and find a baby sitter who can help clean the house as well.

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