Friday, October 06, 2006

Adventures in babysitting

Out of my own will, I took on a very important but very exhausting job of caring for toddlers in my home. I have two very cute 2 yr olds on different days of the week and both are like night and day. The first little girl I met at our church when her mom overheard me talk about babysitting. She was looking for a new sitter and we worked out a schedule that seemed to be ideal for both of us. She encouraged me to take her daughter on "adventures" and so we have fun visiting the pet store, playing at the mall and going to our weekly toddler story times at the library. She is very shy, but when she decides to talk, you are blown away! She can speak in complete sentences. She sings beautiful songs that she can recall from memory and will also tell you the names of all the Thomas trains. She loves to cuddle and watch cartoons as well as play with dolls and trains. She won't eat much, but loves French fries! I enjoy spending time with her.

Then there is two year old number 2. I have been sitting for her since she was 5 months old. I love her to death but she can take every ounce of energy from me in an hour! The other day, while I was in the bathroom for a few minutes, I came out to find her cleaning house with FLEA SPRAY! Somehow she had located it on the dryer, managed to get it down and proceeded to wet down everything in her path. There were two huge spots on the couch, drippings all over the TV, a large mess on the plastic toy bin and lots of spray all over her arms. I had to rush her into the bathroom and scrub her down and then go around and wipe up the mess. That was just the start! She went into every bedroom and shut the door. Sometimes she was in there pulling out toys and other times it was to trap our puppy, Zoey who would bark obsessively while she giggled. Poor little Zoey got kicked, hair pulled, toys taken away and held up by her neck. If the computer was on, this mischievous little girl would climb up on the chair and press all the buttons. Oh, if she had a banana I knew I would find the remains of it smashed on toys, the couch and probably Zoey as well! Thankfully this little ball of energy is only with me one day a week!

Though at times I wish I was doing a volunteer job at the school or working in a quiet bookstore, I feel very grateful that I am able to love on these little ones while their mommies are at work. I've worked in daycare and I know that they would never get this kind of quality time with an adult in any of them. I hope I can keep up the energy and enthusiasm to make these days for each of them a special memory.

I know they are creating them for me!


At 7:38 PM, Blogger Amy said...

You're such an amazing woman. I wouldn't be able to deal with that! I "student teach" two hours a day in a kindergarten class for school and some days even that is draining!



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