Then . . .
8. Another family interviewed me mid June. They have one 6 mo old baby girl named Jillie and they needed care 5 days a week. Really, Jillie? That made us chuckle since I already had a Billy. Jillie's folks live nearby and the mom teaches in a local district. I was really hoping to build a relationship with families like this one with ties to nearby schools, because word of mouth is definitely easier than fliers, care.com, and stress.
9. Coach insisted that I was being crazy considering taking on ANOTHER baby. I told him I could handle it. My kids were rolling eyes and moaning. They feared that I would be grouchy because so many kids on the babysitting docket would make me nuts. I cleared up the confusion. 'Clean up your own crap. Make your own lunches. Don't walk thru the family room dumping pen caps, loose change, and other choking hazards out of your pockets. If you don't make extra work for me, then I won't be ultra grumpy.' Why isn't this obvious to them yet?
|Curly aka my temporary right-hand|
man holding Jillie at a local
forest preserve - preschoolers are in
front of her looking at turtles.
Four weeks later, Jillie's folks texted me back. I was what they wanted all along. Did I still have space for Jillie? I joked with Mini that I was going to text back and say that my rates went up in August. Hee hee.
I started babysitting Aug 13th. It is busy. Very busy. It is going quite well. Curly and Reggie were still home to help me for about a week before they started school. I teased Curly that I was going to have her drop out of school. I would attempt to home school her between diaper changes. OK, I am not THAT crazy. I have hired a friend, Andie, to help me two or three mornings a week, if she is available.
|Some of the older guys checking |
out a koi pond across from our neighborhood.
The mom came over the next day. We hit it off. Her kids were freakishly the same gender, age, shape, and personality types as Joey and baby sister. They started the next day. My family members threw up their arms in disbelief that I had added ANOTHER family. I had two words for them: college and tuition. Besides, who loves chaos more than me?