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Friday, April 01, 2011
This Week I'm Grateful For...Our Babysitter
The first time Hubby and I got a night out to ourselves after our eldest son was born, was when he was around 14 months old. Yup. Fourteen months had passed without a single date.
That particular time, friends babysat for us and our son was fine, but he didn't sleep overly well, and we had to take him to their place for the night and pick him up to take him home back to bed, rather than they come to our place. Besides, they had two kids of their own, so we never really felt comfortable asking them to watch our boys (even thought they did do so a number of times after that).
In fact, I'm never comfortable asking friends to watch my kids (it's not their problem we don't have anyone to help us), and tend to only ask when I feel I have no other option. I'm very grateful that my friend, Jen, has taken the kids numerous times here and there when I've needed to do stuff (and I'm not talking shoe shopping or working on my tan - I mean, stuff I need to do).
After the 7yr old was born, Hubby and I figured we needed a babysitter. Up until then, I'd been hesitant to get one. The idea of a complete stranger looking after my children was terribly nerve-wracking for me. However, Hubby had a friend at work who spoke highly of his babysitter, and suggested we contact her. He had five kids himself, so we figured if she could babysit that many kids at one time, surely she could cope with our two?
She was great from the word go. Very comfortable and relaxed with the kids, but firm, and able to distract them and entertain them. And now, I can't imagine what it would be like if we were to suddenly lose her (and her husband, who also comes along for company and is equally great with the kids).
The kids love it when she comes. She always has some activity planned for them, or brings something along to do with the boys. For example, on my 40th birthday, I came home from my party to find a long banner made for me, decorated by the kids. Another time, we found pictures of ghosts and spiders on our pillows (to scare us)!
The boys love to give her their news, and a highlight for them is that she always gives them a made up story from her imagination at bedtime. (I tell you - that's a gift. I'm completely ordinary at doing the same thing. Give me a book to read from any day.)
So this week I'm grateful for our babysitter (and her hubby). I love that we can depend on them and that our kids love having them here. It makes our going out on occasion that much more enjoyable knowing our boys are in safe hands.
Thanks to Maxabella for hosting the weekly grateful post. Check out her blog for her own grateful post and more posts by other bloggers.
Do you have a babysitter? What's he/she like? Did you have a babysitter as a kid that you were fond of? What are you grateful for this week?