Monday, February 28, 2011

Blood, Sweat and Tears (aka Babysitting)

I had a sneaking suspicion when I told my brother and parents that I could come home for the wedding that I'd be doing a lot of babysitting. That suspicion was confirmed when my mom told me several weeks ago "You'll be doing a lot of babysitting."

Normally that's fine. I've got nothing against most kids. But this weekend, it was me and my cousin going up against three 3 year olds, two 5 year olds, a 7 year old and a 9 year old. Given that I'm not the biggest fan of babysitting ratios where the kids outnumber the adults, this was sheer madness.

Friday afternoon, we had some help from Pixar (Bug's Life to be more specific), but by the time the rest of my family got back we'd had one inexplicable bloody nose, a bumped head, several very poopy pants and a gallon worth of tears. Not bad for a day's work, eh?

Saturday morning was equally exciting, especially since several of the kids didn't get much sleep. In the end, though, everyone made it to the wedding intact, give or take a pair of socks.

So depending on how you look at it, the weekend was either hands-on training or demonstrative birth control. I've often said that the worst part about life overseas is not being there to watch my nieces and nephews grow up. This dose ought to get me through until the next time we fly home.

And the exciting part is: our family will keep growing, as it's highly unlikely that my siblings and I are done having kids (especially M and I, since we haven't even gotten started yet)...


Amy said...

HAHAHA, "demonstrative birth control". yes...i kno the feeling. i see kids on the job, and more likely than not i'm thinking, "never". but you really don't want me to get on my soapbox about birth control; it could get ugly. it shall suffice to say that the introduction of a "license to procreate" has crossed my mind.

(and i should be issued a "license to kill" for those who violate it -- ultimate birth control. ... sorry, couldn't help that one.)

J.Dou said...

hehe. I think M and I get a skewed view of things too because some of our friends' kids here in Beijing are super well behaved and fun to be around.

Not that my nieces and nephews aren't. They were actually quite obedient. But they don't get to see their cousins very often and things get kind of crazy when all of them are playing together.