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YCantAngieRead is offline Old Post 06-28-2004 06:59 AM
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Parents: You have my undying respect.

I just spent last night, this morning and this afternoon babysitting my nieces, ages five and one, while their parents were doing other things. (Their Dad was on call at the hospital and their Mom was out of town.)

The one year-old's eyes got stuck shut during the night. She, understandably, panicked a great deal.

The five year-old tried to stick a fake flower in her ear.

Their parents forgot to tell us what they eat for breakfast.

Sippy cups actually DO leak. No one informed me of that.

Diapers also leak.

The five year-old decided at 1 AM that it was "Dance to Christmas Music" time.

Are one year-olds supposed to lick the dog?

And it took me a good five minutes to figure out these new fangled diapers they have now.

Whew!

I have NO earthly clue how you guys do it. I feel like I've been hit by a truck.

At any rate, thumbs up to all of you. I don't know how you do it and survive.

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Aren't her eyes supposed to be shut at night?

That's usually a pretty good sign of "Pink Eye" Make sure you wash your hands throughly.

Licking the dog isn't anything a well adjusted family can't get through together.

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Yeah, I forgot to mention the little one has a terrible, TERRIBLE cold. She pretty much dripped everywhere the whole time. Having a mucus phobia, that was a particularly fun part of the weekend.

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See the great thing about this is that you're the Aunt and you get to go home!!! Kids are a lot of work, but they are rewarding (once in awhile . Sometimes you wonder what you got yourself into and try to remember the days when your big decision was what movie to see this weekend or where to go out to eat...ah, the good old days...

My daughter had a bout of pink eye and had to stay home from daycare one day last week while she was contagious. This was 5 days after my son was up all night with his first ear infection...fun, fun, fun. They actually have been healthy for a long time, we just had a particularly bad week.


Just breathe a big sigh of relief that everyone survived!!

Katy

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You wanna know how to spot an experienced parent? When one of their kids is about to puke, they're the ones trying to catch it with their hands because it's easier to wash your hands than clean puke from the carpet. Yup, been there - done that.

It's hard to imagine the varied types of body fluids (and semi-fluids) you'll come in contact with as a parent.

Live can be messy, but it's good!

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Heh. I've done (or at least tried...) the puke catch with my dog!

As for how you do it...they grow on you. Literally. The day before my daughter was born I babysat a friend's five month old for a few hours. I was utterly clueless. I didn't know what 5m olds did, how to entertain her, nothing.

Five months later I was perfectly capable with my *own* 5m old, because I'd had five months to work up to it.

Now my capabilities with children extend to nine months. Plop a two year old in my lap and I'm helpless again....

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/reads what Robin wrote, nods in agreement.

(except the catching dog puke part. I'll trust you on that one.)

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Now this is a yucky thread!

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Wait'll they become teens and then you find that you have entirely new sets of yucky issues to worry over and fret about! Then you actually begin to sort of look back longingly and even somewhat miss the simpler, yet messy, puke and pink eye type kid stages you've survived...

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Now this is a yucky thread!

No, this thread is comparatively pleasant.

Just try reading this one: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-v...threadid=139894

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No, this thread is comparatively pleasant.

Just try reading this one: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-v...threadid=139894



That comment about the puppet had my rolling with laughter!

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See the great thing about this is that you're the Aunt and you get to go home!!!

On a serious note, being an aunt has been the best thing that ever happened to me, hands down. It's been five years now since the first one was born and I am continually surprised at how much love those little kids have to share with me.

For a number of reasons, I'll never be a parent myself-but I think being an aunt is a wonderful substitute. While it was incredibly tiring, spending a full 12 hours with them without their parents was one of the coolest things-EVER.

Even if I did accidently let the one year-old run around for close to three hours with her pants on backwards. (Having a five year-old instruct you on children's fashions is quite funny.)

Oh, and I don't think I'll EVER get to the point where I'll try catch my cat's puke with my hands.

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Before I was a parent, I could not STAND any kind of 'kid fluid'. I could smell a wet or dirty diaper three miles away, and one of the grossest things in the world was sharing a fork with a small kid.

It is amazing the things that change when it's your own kid. Parenting skills grow right along with the kids, and so does your tolerance for runny noses, sticky fingers, and drool.

Smelly diapers and puke you'll never get used to, but you learn to deal with it.

It's all worth it, I guarantee it!

(Note the 'wetness' on the little one. She's dealing with a nasty cold)

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You wanna know how to spot an experienced parent? When one of their kids is about to puke, they're the ones trying to catch it with their hands because it's easier to wash your hands than clean puke from the carpet. Yup, been there - done that.

It's hard to imagine the varied types of body fluids (and semi-fluids) you'll come in contact with as a parent.

Live can be messy, but it's good!



Been there done that with the puke catching (multiple times too!!) Or if I'm up holding them, I make the mad dash to the sink or toilet if I think they're going to hurl. I would have never dreamed I would ever do that, but now it doesn't phase me - just try & limit the collateral damage to the furniture and the carpet are my big concerns.

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My wife runs *for* the puke, I run away from it! I'm quite a sympathetic puker!

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As long as this doesn't turn into another "Yay poop" thread, I'm happy.

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Parenting skills grow right along with the kids, and so does your tolerance for runny noses, sticky fingers, and drool.


Seven years into the parenthood thing and I still am not used to runny noses, sticky fingers, and drool.... Fortunately, he's mostly outgrown all three, but.... *shudder*


As for catching kid puke: I've never caught any. Would I? I dunno. My son has this ability to puke *INSTANTLY*. I mean, he'll be playing contently and then all of the sudden launch a salvo. No "Daddy, my tummy hurts," dry heaves, or any other sort of warning.... Just WHAMMO! Thus, even if I was willing to catch, there's never been time!

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Funny this thread is here now. I am currently taking care of my two nephews, 8 and 7. And, of course, I have a 7 year old son myself. It's loud in here, but fun. (I am thankful that I also have my 17 year old son right now too though - or I would not have this minute to be on the computer!)

I get them for an entire 7 days. We've spent the past two days at home, in the (wading) pool, with water balloons, and playing video games.

Tomorrow we venture out! Zoo and a kiddy park is our first stop. Wednesday is Scandia. Thursday is ?. Friday is baseball. Saturday we are invited to a party. Sunday is the 4th!

I love having all these kids over - of course, they can all take care of their own bodily fluids at this point. The only sad part is they aren't all mine. I should have had more than two.

Think my brother will let me keep them?

Oh well..

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Kids are great lol . Anyone want to take mine for a few days lol.

Just kidding we just got back from a short notice camping trip, we decided to go this past weekend so we could be home for the 4th and my 44th Bday on the 5th ( Would love for a bday gift in decending order. a wood chipper,a 20iin chain saw, Cash) any one want to bet on what I get?.

Anyways its a private camp ground and they have tons of stuff for kids to do on the weekend and the 5 year olds loves that she gets to pretty much freedom to roam . Daddy gets to fish ,big Sissy (15) gets to fish and do what ever. Wife gets to watch tv and read and what ever she likes. But when i walk around the campground it just knocks me back on how many kids and folks my daughter had meet and can tell you all thier names and the names of thier pets .

Ann you should check it out at the base iof the dam at berryessa. Kids could fish and have some fun for the day just tell them you want to look around cause your thinking of joining . great place to waste a summer day and not far from. Everyone drive extra safe this coming weekend

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