July 1, 2008

A double-edged sword.

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So Thursday will be my last day babysitting until possibly the 14th. The woman I babysit for is going on a business trip and her son is staying with family for the week. Then, because her family will be visiting, they may keep him until they leave.

I have mixed feelings about this. I'm glad I'll have that precious time back with my babies, just me and them, and I'll be free to go where I please. When Boy is here, I can't - my car can only hold two carseats and two adults. Well, it could also hold a small child between the two of them, but Boy is only 3 years old and weighs just a bit more than my infant (he's skinny!), so he must be carseated. Thus, I'm tethered to the apartment. We've tried taking walks, but his mom even admits, he's kinda hard to control. Anyway, now I can go to the park or the library or maybe even the mall.


Were I a regular daycare, I might be able to work out some sort of compensation for the time I will be involuntarily out of work. But I'm not. I'm just a stay-at-home mom who watches a boy all week. So I'm out $100 a week until he returns. This may not sound like much to some of you, but for us, it's pretty damn important. It helps pay the bills!

Meh. I don't know whether to be enthralled at more one-on-one time with my kids or shittin' kittens because we may not be able to pay a few bills this month - bills that need to be paid.

Maybe I should go panhandle outside AT&T Park???


Denise said...

HEY! That's a great idea! I will panhandle right along with you!

I am in the same predicament. I don't watch anyone's children but trying to run a business while taking care of a crawling 10-month old ain't working - nor is it paying my bills. Sigh.

I wish I knew what to say but I Don't - just know you aren't alone!

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