ARRGGHH!! I am less than 48 hours from having my 40th birthday drinks and what happens – the babysitter cancels!!
When you’re living in a country far removed from your next of kin, who would all happily queue up to help look after your perfect brood (wishful thinking!).
You really feel out on a limb on the very rare occasions that you and Hubby decide to venture outside the home minus the children.
To be honest, the times we have been at friends’ weddings, anniversary dinners and not forgetting the once yearly “date night”. We have mostly been able to work these around visiting relatives. Occasionally relying on a local babysitter to help us out.
The babysitters have come from all walks of life … to say the least…
When we only had our first-born, and I must admit we were VERY precious about who could look after her! We employed a lovely multilingual doctoral student! Nothing but the best for our first-born.
Since then, standards have slipped. Now we are happy for anyone with a pulse who’s willing to mind our kids to do exactly that.
We’ve tried the Granny-sitter who never looked up from her knitting all night, oblivious to anything that happened in the house.
And then there was the Happy-go-lucky at a small rural town, whom we employed when we visited friends for a special occasion. After filling us in on some questionable anecdotes from the local pub, most of which she starred in! Unperturbed, we proceeded to leave our most precious belongings in her care for the night.
The last babysitter we booked fell asleep so soundly that it took Hubby a good 20 minutes to awake her from her coma-like sleep at midnight. Unbelievable – I know! But getting a babysitter is like finding gold, so we stuck with Sleeping Beauty for my Big 4-0.
But Sleeping Beauty’s let us down bad tonight – Bad princess!
Swiftly removed from the phonebook, I have less than 48 Hours to find a replacement! HELP!
After a night of no sleep and deciding the only way forward is that Hubby stays home to look after our wonderful trio – a gorgeous friend of mine offered to help us out! You know who you are – you are a STAR!