Chapter 1: I Need Help
About a month ago I hit a total wall and was feeling done. I went to Mike and proclaimed that I just could not do it anymore and we were sending all three girls to pre-school/day care for some large chunk each week. I was sure I had heard somewhere of it taking a village to raise kids but could find nary a villager around to help me. Mike is super helpful but, motherhood, you know. This pregnancy has been great, it has been easier in a lot of ways than the other 3, but do you know what I didn't have when I was pregnant with the other 3? 3 OTHER KIDS. Seriously, the hardest part on any given day is not the nausea, or the food aversions, or the fatigue or aches, pains, etc... it is that there are 3 other completely needy people around and I am on call to make them happy all the time.
I could tell Mike was confused about our pre-school convo (since we have been planning to home school) and unsure how to handle me so I decided to email a friend asking for her baby sitter's contact info. The dear friend (thank you, Maggie!) hooked me up big time in the form of a super sweet, extremely competent college girl who now comes for 3 hours a week, and since today was only her second time coming, it is just now sinking in how wonderful this really is.
Chapter 2: When the Baby Won't Sit
The first time the sweet sitter came resulted in about 3 straight hours of Lucy screaming over the knowledge of the presence of one who was obviously threatening to replace me for some period of time. She would not have it. I was not sure what to do so I stayed home and kept Lucy with me, and since she is so mobile and demanding, it was kind of horrible.
Every time the sitter walked near her she would convulse and freak out like I was about to be carried off someone far far away for the rest of her life and her death grip on any part of my body was like I have never seen it. I felt really bad for the sweet sitter and kind of mad at Lucy and completely unsure how to proceed since I have never had the luxury of a babysitter for such a long time while all the kids are awake. Therefore- 3 hours of Lucy screaming. No good.
Chapter 3: I Forgot
Today came. By 8 a.m. the girls were telling me they wanted to go back to bed and as I sat wondering how the heck I was going to fill this day without resorting to homemade play dough or some other atrocity, I came up with nothing except for the girls doing a workout video with me. So off we went. 9 o'clock came and a knock on the door and I quickly realized that I totally forgot the babysitter was coming and was caught very unawares and embarrassingly sweaty. Obviously I am a rookie in the regular babysitter department and I need to write things down. So she was here and seriously saving me from a morning of the it's-Friday-and-I-have-done-this-all-week-and-need-a-small-break blues.
Chapter 4: What About the Baby?
But what about Lucy? I tried leaving her downstairs with the sitter and the older girls to finish my workout and shower and did not get through one circuit without needing to rescue the sitter from the wailing and screaming. I was about to put out an SOS blog post to every seasoned mother out there asking what the heck you are supposed to do when the baby won't sit, but then it came to me to just ask the babysitter. Her answer was complete proof of her awesomeness: "Just leave her and I will deal with it.". OK! So I did, I threw some fruit snacks in her direction in case of an emergency and hit the road. Never mind that I only went to the bank and the grocery store, I might as well have gone to a spa and gotten a 3 hour massage, I was alone and unhurried and it is all the same.
Chapter 5: You Have Saved Our Lives, We Are Eternally Grateful
When the time came for the sitter to leave I had to physically restrain myself from giving her an extra long awkward hug because it was the most glorious 3 hours I have had in a long time (with the exception of my little vaca a couple weeks ago).
I cannot wait until next week.
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