Just some whining
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I seem to be coming down with a cold. Normally I wouldn't care too much. At my day job I come in direct contact with nobody. Seeing people walk from place to place is a rare occurance but does happen from time to time and I generally only see them through a very small glass window. Either way I don't worry about making others sick since I take very good precautions. Tomorrow night is my one night off during the week from the childcare at the gym.
The problem is this is a HUGE babysitting weekend. From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday I will be watching a family of 3. All boys: 7 yrs, 2 years, and 10 months. I've been sitting for this family since before they were more than one of them. The oldest will have a little league game which means I will have to lug all three of them and their carseats, in my small Honda Accord. Then I will struggle as I try to entertain the two younger children during the game. The last time I did this, it was very much a challenge. Last time I looked forward to it but I had never taken them anywhere so I had no idea of the struggle it is. This time I'm all to aware. On top of that it's supposed to be in the 90's here in good ole NoVA. I'm praying for rain and the cancellation just so I don't have to take them, which sounds cruel but 1. I hate the heat and sun 2. I'm sick (I wouldn't babysit however they have drill and no way of getting out of it- I've advised that I was sick) 3. I know it's going to suck. On top of this I have to say that these children are a huge challenge. I come in contact with maybe 50 different kids every week if not more. All from various backgrounds in every sense of the word. Not a single one has ever compared to the 7 yr old in this family. The 2 yr old has learned to hit and throw, and the infant is in a helmet and has other illnesses. They do not disipline their children at all. Not even time out. The 7 yr old can basically do anytihng he wants. I just always feel hopeless when watching them even though I consider myself fairly experienced.
As if this doesn't make my weekend busy enough, I also will be babysitting 1 yr old twins Saturday night from 7 p.m. till 2 a.m or later. I can't cancel on them either because well frankly they are a really good customer and I know they have tickets. It's very difficult to find a sitter that will watch more than 1 baby at a time it seems as I'm very much in demand these days. Also, these are my FAVORITE little girls. They make me laugh so hard I cry. I truly feel a bound of this baby girls and it's been strong since the first day I sat for them. I have never met other babies quite like them. It will be a nice break from the other children.
I want the money no doubt but I'm used to getting at least 1 night or day off on the weekend. Normally I can't say that it happens that I end up watching this many kids babysitting in one day (we get about 20 a night at the gym though). Maybe it will be ok. Maybe by Sunday night I'll be having a nervous breakdown (Sunday's are always a lot worse for the trio for some reason). Either way I was fine until I started feeling ill. Now I just dread it completely.
So any mother's out there, you are incredible. I'm glad I don't have any of my own because at least I can give them back and walk away with a good sized pocket of money. I'm always told it's different when they're your own and perhaps that's true but still I think it must take a special person to do this every day. Knowing that you have x amount of years before you can shove them out the door. :P
Life is good as always