This past weekend Nate and I took the plunge and recruited our first non-family-member babysitter. Our family has always been more than willing to watch Karson and Lucy but we don’t want to overstep our bounds and sometimes they’re not always available. It’s nice to have options.
We called upon a neighbor who lives down the road from us. She’s in high school and has been helpful in the past, taking care of our plants and animals while we’re away.
I’m not going to lie, we were a little nervous. We were only going to be gone for a couple hours and we were just a few minutes away but I was still a little uneasy. Mostly I was nervous with how Karson and Lucy would behave. I didn’t want to subject the poor girl to torture.
I had no idea how it would go. Karson warms up to people well. Lucy is more apprehensive. But neither of them seemed concerned when we left. We barely even got a goodbye out of them.
Nate and I had a lovely little outing where we sat, held hands, and enjoyed a little conversation. Eventually I gave up on checking my phone every two minutes for an emergency text and I was able to relax. We came home and no one was crying, not even the babysitter (although coming home to crying babies is to be expected as Nate can attest).
I think they’ve reached a more manageable age where I feel more comfortable with others watching them. They’re far from self sufficient but you can communicate with them and they don’t need everything done for them. Still, I know what a handful they can be. At two against one, they’re a tough match to face. I hope we didn’t scare this young lady away because I’d love to make a habit of it!