What I Learned from Babysitting

Yesterday, I babysat for some friends of mine so they could attend a wedding that children were not allowed to attend. I don’t think I have ever heard of such a thing but sure enough it was stated on the wedding invite.

I learned a few things while watching their two adorable kids last night:


I still have the knack for giving little kids medicine. 

The mother explained that I may have to pin down little Eva to give her the medicine because she just simply throws a fit. I told that parents not to worry, that I got it covered. Although it’s been quite sometime (15 years) that I had to negotiate with a toddler to take his/her medicine, it all came back to me within minutes. Little Eva ( 2 years old) saw that I had the medicine in my hand and she started to panic. I picked her up and put her on the counter. “Do you want Jello?” She nodded her head.  “Ok, well, first you need to take your medicine and then you can have your Jello” Without any issues, she took her medicine. We high-fived, and I gave her a jello cup.  Score!!!

When did they start putting Velcro on diapers?  

I’m thankful that Eva was very patient with me while trying to put on her diaper. I thought it would be easy as easy can be, but now I can relate to my dad when I left him with my oldest daughter when she was a newborn, only to come back with her diaper on backwards. It took me a couple of minutes to put this diaper on. I couldn’t find the sticker tabs, you know why? Because now diapers have Velcro tabs. How flipping clever and convenient?!

Toys have gotten louder. Or maybe my ears are just sensitive… No, they are getting louder!  

Music and voice activated toys. Wow. Even sit-and-spins light up and play music. WHAT? The little girl in me wanted to hop on that thing and have a spin, but I know my fat ass wouldn’t get it to spin, so I just stared on in jealousy as Eva and Tyler had a go at it.

I have concluded that Dora the Explorer is just as irritating as Barney. 

No, Dora. I don’t want to get up and Mambo with you. And no, Dora, I couldn’t care less where the stupid present is. And you can try to teach me Spanish but if my freshman Spanish teacher failed at it, more than likely you will too. And Dora, it’s been 14 years and you’re wearing the same dang outfit. It’s time to change!

I can still spend hours playing dress up and partaking in pretend tea time!  

Eva and I had so much fun with her trunk full of necklaces!


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