Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adventures in Babysitting

Yes, he likes the solar calculator.
Little smartypants!
Yesterday, I babysat for the 1-year-old son of my good friend VV while her house was being packed up for a move.  I'd never had a little kid in my house for an extended amount of time, but I was more than happy to volunteer to take on little G for the day!

I was admittedly a little nervous... I prepped my house the night before and double-checked everything the next morning.  I sat by the phone anxiously waiting to hear when G would be arriving.  I wanted to do a good job!

I didn't babysit much as a teenager, and I worry about the fragility of babies.  I might mess it all up!  But the thing I like about G is that he just makes sense.  He tells you what he needs... even when what he needs is a diaper/clothes change after an explosive-up-the-back-poop incident.  (I think I owe VV some more baby wipes because I used a TON on that one!)

While a lot of my friends have kids, I know that I'm not quite ready for my own yet... though some of my girlfriends would tell you that you're never really ready!  But I do know that the more time I spend with the little kids in my life, the more I learn.  I learn how to hold them, feed them, change them, take care of them... and I feel a little less frightened at the prospect of children as time goes by.  I love how they are in awe of everything around them, how the littlest things are so major for them.  I am amazed at how such tiny, defenseless beings become kids, then adults!  I can't imagine what it's like for my parents to look at me now but still remember a time when they could pick me up and cradle me.

But for now I'll be content to help my friends out with their little kiddos, and spoil them as much as I can. After all, the best part about playing the 'auntie' is that they go home to their parents at the end of the day! :)

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