Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sitting on babies

Babysitting is such an awkward term, that's why I had to make fun of it in the title of this post. I don't really sit on babies. However, Tom and I did get to watch a couple of them recently.

From May 18-June 4, I had the opportunity to tend my next door neighbor's little girl, T. My next door neighbor teaches school and her husband was starting school, so they had a weird overlap of time where neither of them could watch her. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. She would come over with her Mighty Mouse lunch box in hand (a very popular item with J's and J's boys) and we would just have a great time. I got her to take naps by putting her in my room, shutting the door, letting her cry, coming in to console her, and then she would fall asleep on my shoulder. We watched Sleeping Beauty almost everyday. In the car we would sing "I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream"...she would sit in the back and yell "I know you, I know you" until I started singing. Her other favorite phrases were "No way" and "Thank you". We got to go to the zoo (thank you J), where we rode the carousel and saw the elephants. She also had a wicked sweet pair of Ranger Rick binoculars (another popular item for the boys). We only had one incident at the zoo, when W(?) threw part of the binoculars into the giraffe cage. J risked life and limb to retrieve it for me and even gave me a wet wipe to wash it off. What a great friend. I was glad to give her back to her parents at the end of the day, but I do kind of miss her now. This was the only picture she let me take of her.

Tom also had the opportunity to watch a youngster (just for an hour or so). He got to hold our little nephew E, while his mom and dad and older brother went on the Alpine Slide. He really liked Tom and sat there cuddling him just like this the whole time. Just darling. Tom may or may not have been glad to give him back. I'll have to ask him. He looks like he's having fun to me. :)


8 comments:

Kyle and Jamie said...

That's so fun Meg...(not trying to hint anything) you will be a great mom...("That wasn't the right choice!!") Will you still go to the zoo with us? I can have someone throw something in a cage and it can be your turn to risk limbs and stuff!! Love ya Meg!!

Flattail Family said...

Looks like you guys are all prepared to start your family! But that's because I've been able to hold 2 newborns this week--such a sweet experience. You're so great with children.

Ricky and Chelsey said...

Cute. I am sad I didn't get to come and play during your sitting on babies time. However, we would still love to play anytime. It's been too long since we live her now and we can hang out everyday ;) How about dinner this week?

C.B. said...

Are you getting baby hungry yet?

Erin said...

Seriously loved that E cuddled Tom.

The Christman's said...

What an awsome adventure in babysitting! I'm sure it gave you a glimpse into the furture and what you'll expect. We'll all be waiting for the announcement of your little one! :) You'll both make great parents.

Scott and Kourt said...

Meg, you are amazing. I like that you didn't reveal their names very smart. Just so you know having your own is different then tending anothers child. Not that I am hinting anything after bugging a friend that I found out later couldn't have children I have made a promise never to ask that. It is just like asking someone if they are pregnant just not a good idea. Are you excited for the relay? Sorry that we will not be there party like rock stars for us!

Ricky and Chelsey said...

I had a dream last night that you were pregnant and didn't tell us because you were mad at us. Please let it be true! (the pregnant part, not the mad part)