This is going to be long but I just have to tell you all about my babysitting adventures.
Do you all remember The Babysitter's Club??
Sometimes I feel like I should have been a character in these books.
I mean I have all the drama that Kristy had (sometimes) lol
Anyway I love kids, I really do and I can't wait to have one of my own someday. I feel like I am way behind in the baby making area, and everyone around me is popping them out like pez candy! I am almost 27 and my husband and I have been married for almost a year (wow I can't believe it myself)
Since I am one of the last of my married friends to have kids I always get stuck with the title "Aunt Jennifer" which I don't mind at all. I love being an aunt and as much as I want kids, a small part of me can't help but smile when small children leave my house after I am done babysitting. It's great knowing I can watch these kids and at the end of the day they are going back home with their mom...
I had the pleasure of watching some of my favorite little ones, Tallyn and Beckett last night. Their mom and I have been great friends for quite some time. I was so excited to babysit. Tallyn is 3 and Beckett is 10 months. I love these kids so much and I have watched them grow. Tallyn called me the other day and said "Aunt Jean-fur, I miss you" It made my heart melt :-)
Anyway back to my story. So I picked them up last night at about 7 and took them to our house. So as soon as the kids were in my car, it turned in to a mommy mobile. I switched the XM channels between Radio Disney and The Kids Channel so it would keep them happy.
When we pulled in the driveway I said to Tallyn, "Tallyn I'm going to put you and your brother inside while I unload the car".
Well that didn't work out so well. As soon as I opened the door and put Beckett down he started to cry, Zoe ran out the door and Beckett started crawling after her. So here I am standing on my porch yelling at my dog trying to grab Beckett while he is trying to escape and Tallyn is standing on the porch with her snuggie refusing to go inside unless I am inside too. So finally I get both kids and the dog inside. I try and persuade Tallyn to stay inside long enough to let me unload the stuff in the car. So with the Fresh Beat Band on TV and Beckett playing with some stuffed animals I quickly run outside to unload the stuff. I come back inside and it was like I never left... THANK GOD!
So with Beckett still fussy I decide to give him a bath while Tallyn is dancing in the living room to Fresh Beat Band. He starts screaming as soon as I put him in the tub. Desperate to get him to calm down I start splashing water around. He thinks it's hilarious and just when I start to wash his hair he splashes water up at me and I am soaked. "Ok, I can handle this" I say and when he is done LT (my hubby) is pulling into the drive way. I was beyond happy to see him. I don't know how single moms do it.
I am soaking wet with a screaming child in my arms and a 3 year old dancing and singing in the living room and Zoe barking her head off. It was probably quite funny to see.
So with everything finally settling down, Tallyn says to me "I pee pee in my pants"... Oh Crap! Well I had no choice but to put a leftover Pull Up I had from my last babysitting adventure on her, which she really didn't like because they didn't look like big girl panties. Let's just say at this point I was feeling a bit overwhelmed...
When Nichole returns to pick up the kids I am exhausted and ready for a glass of wine. She laughs at the sight of Tallyn in a Pull Up and poor Beckett in nothing but a diaper :-)
I'm sure she understands lol
So after the kiddos leave I straighten up the house and sit down to eat drenched in bath water and cheese puff crumbs and just start crying :( I feel like I am the worst babysitter in the world and that I am never going to be a good mom.
Thank goodness I have my husband there because he knows how to calm me down. I feel so dumb bawling my eyes out, and then realize it's ok because females are supposed to be emotional sometimes, and I'm allowed to be like this every once in a while.
So my babysitting night made me realize that maybe I can wait to start a family. As much as I want kids I really enjoy my time to myself. And I am not saying this to sound selfish, it's just I need to take some more time to myself before having a child. I want to give a shout out to all of those single mothers because you guys have the hardest job in the world.
So until that day comes when we start a family, I am going to enjoy being Aunt Jennifer :-)