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25 March 2004 @ 03:47 pm
Question for the day  
Do I want to take care of a 6 month old for 10 days? They live 20 miles from work.

-the redhead-
 
 
 
Tealteal_cuttlefish on March 25th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
They're cute and generally not crawling, they sleep a lot but in short bursts, and the only method of communication they have is crying. How are you with overstimulation? It's easy to get overstimmed with a baby in the house.

It's a good way to decide if you want to be a mother yourself, or so I'm told. I didn't use any practice babies, and other people's babies are still more difficult to understand than my own was, because the parents and the baby learn to understand each other.
-the redhead-theredhead on March 27th, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
I've posted some of my concerns in a comment below, if you have any more sage advice *smile*

-the redhead-
callous joy:  clever, clever girlviolatedjoy on March 25th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)
yes. if you have tons of patience and preferably some experience and hopefully lots of love for children. and can figure out the various tones of a cry, know the swing and bounce, can sing decently, know not to microwave a bottle, can be trusted to test water and not scald the baby or throw it out with the bath water etc... it will be the most fun and least sleep you'll ever have... next to a sexathon
-the redhead-theredhead on March 27th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
I do love children and want to be a mom. It's been awhile, but I'm great with babies, know all the common sense stuff, and am a champion at the swing and bounce - it's an automatic response *smile*

It's just that it would be 10 days on my own with a baby that's not mine. Does that make sense? Long time to not sleep ;) I've posted some of my concerns in a comment below if you have any more advice *smile*

-the redhead-
Musings from the CZ unitcz_unit on March 25th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
Depends. Is your renter's insurance all up to date?

Seriously hm: Let's see: 6 months they may be crawling or at least scooting. Thus you can't count on having them stay anywhere. You could probably babyproof a room and have them in it.

They should sleep thru the night, but they do need lots of attention. And they might wake up. If you're working during the day this could really burn you down.

It could be interesting.

Chris
nyobserver on March 25th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
Depends how baby proof you are. If he/she is moving around, stairs are the big issue. also things that can make it to the mouth.

That siad, I loved when my kids were that age. I can't wait for the one that is not here yet to reach that age (sometime next winter)
phoenix_glowphoenix_glow on March 26th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
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CZ told me I had to come comment on your latest post. ;) Our kids didn't crawl until close to a year, and they didn't walk until about 15 or 16 months, but that's a little on the slow side.

I think that if you take someone's six month old for 10 days you will be vaulted to sainthood. These parents will light candles for you for the rest of their lives. They will sing your praises, perhaps pay for plaques in gardens in your name. It would be a seriously fabulous thing for someone who is not a grandparent to do for someone. :)
-the redhead-theredhead on March 26th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
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This is a tough decision for me actually. Usually I can just say yes or no, but this one requires some thought.

I *love* babies and would not hesitate to say yes if it were 2 or 3 days. Jenna is a little sweety, and I always hog her when they bring her by the office.

My concerns are mostly related to the length of time. 10 days is a long time to not sleep ;) Since day care for the baby is up by their house, I would also be 20 miles from work, so the back and forth thing would be a lot. Them being on vacation in Mexico for 10 days would also mean that it would be difficult to get ahold of them if anything happened. And it would be just me, on my own. There are also a ton of things I know I'm forgetting, as I'm a bit out of practice with babysitting for more than 8-10 hours. It's also kind of weird that grandpa, who lives here in town and doesn't work, won't do this for them. Makes me kind of sad for them.

I'm hoping that if 2 or 3 of us can make the group effort, that would be better for that length of time.

And on a mostly unrelated note but something that's a bit weird, they live about 4 blocks from my ex-husband...

-the redhead-
Tealteal_cuttlefish on March 27th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
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If they are going to be in Mexico, make sure you have a medical and general power of attorney over the child in case something happens. For instance, if she manages to get hurt, which would most likely be rolling off something, you need to be able to get her treatment without contacting the parents first. Get the treatment started, then hunt down the parents.

She probably sleeps through the night, and she'll be in daycare so it won't be 10 solid days, and you can ask the daycare folks advice about her if she does something you just can't figure out, as they'll know her daily habits a bit better.

However, while it might be stressful, I'd say it's doable. At 6 months I don't know if she's even rolling yet, but she won't be crawling. You just have to watch her and feed her and change her diaper.

And don't judge grandpa too harshly -- he may not be physically capable of caring for her. I guess if it were me, my biggest concern would be the extra commute for daycare.

(On the other hand, my sister D took my 8 year old for 24 hours at my sister's request, and when D brought Alyria back the next day, D told me "I don't know how you do it!")