Monday, 19 October 2015

Baby Sitter (Adventures of L-Plate Gran)


 Little G is now a fully paid up member of the Anglican community, having acquitted herself brilliantly at her christening. All the pre-prep and risk analysis certainly paid off. The four small babies in long white robes and a variety of headgear howled dismally. The same-age toddler kicked off, refused to go to the lady vicar and was forcibly christened (not sure if this counts).

Little G, in contrast, submitted to the various procedures like a veteran, merely patting her hair and remarking loudly: ''Man, water head,'' after regaining her seat. Couldn't fault her performance, and I am quietly taking full credit. The fact that she now thinks the same thing is going to happen every Sunday is neither here nor there.

And so to my first adventure in baby-sitting. Last Saturday You must be mad was invited to one of those 'no children' weddings, so I did my first ever evening stint. To make sure Little G didn't notice that her bedtime routine had suddenly devolved to the shaky hands of an unreliable amateur, I was given two pages of closely written instructions to ensure nothing could go wrong. And it almost didn't.

Bathtime proceeded as per most of Page 1. Donning of night attire as per end of Page 1. Stories and songs as per top of Page 2. It was only when Little G performed her nightly manoeuvre of turning off the light and closing her bedroom door (middle of Page 2) that I suddenly realised that: a) I couldn't find the cot in the dark and b) I couldn't read the final instructions.

Luckily an improvisatory deviation from the worksheet involving an unauthorized interaction with the landing light meant Little G finally landed up in her cot, facing the right way, all tasks completed in order and successfully. And nobody was any the wiser.


To be continued ...     .....











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    1. You're lucky you had instructions. The first time my youngest granddaughter spent the night at my house I had no idea what her routine was but I just played it by ear and it was fine. Children are very adaptable. I find the light from my phone very good for giving enough light to check on them without waking them up.

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    2. I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Ha,Ha,. When they used to sleep in my bed with me I used the phone during the night just to make sure they weren't hanging out the bed.

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  2. And how many times did you peek at her in the night, just to remind yourself how wonderful she is?

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    1. actually Jo, I was so knackered that I collapsed on the sofa..mind, I had the baby monitor to listen to.

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    1. well yes..the problem will come when she is old enough to tell mum!

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  4. I am most impressed, it has been a while for me... since babysitting i mean. Ivy is our newest member but only until January the first when her eleven month old self will gain a sister... I will refer back if ever I get trapped into driving five hours to carry out babysitting duties.

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    1. do. I can refer you to the appropriate blog

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  5. You must wonder what's going to happen every week now, Carol. I just loved this and I think Little G is a remarkably composed and well adjusted small person. She should be renamed Little P :) So glad the Christening went well! What a little trooper she is.

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    1. I dread her coming out with some of the off piste stuff we get up to...only a matter of time..

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  6. So pleased it went well and delighted you read, and followed, the notes - more than my mother did - I didn't think 6 A4 pages was too much for a weekend stay!!

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    1. Yikes.....remind me never to mind any of yours!

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