How on earth do Will & Kate do it? Oh wait… they have tons of help.
This past weekend Will and I had the pleasure of babysitting together. Now, I will go ahead and blame it on the biological clock, but I have to admit I was pretty excited to see how he handled spending time with two younger children – one five year old and one one and half year old- one girl and one boy.
As my old boss said when sidling out the door to a wedding with his wife – it’s kind of like a trial run. Except for the fact that they aren’t yours, it’s only one night, they don’t know you, and they think that having a babysitter means that they can rule the roost (and lets face it, they can).
So, how was the trial run? Let’s just say it is a good thing we had training wheels in the form of Frozen, popcorn, and light switches (who knew those things could be so interesting?). I will say this, it was fun playing house, and his kids are truly wonderful. I’m just not sure I could do that on an ongoing basis – wait, I know I couldn’t.
It seems to me that 5 is a great age, especially in little girls. Throw on frozen, play with a few toys, admire their adorable clothing and read a great bed time story and everything is kosher! Seeing Will watching Frozen with a little girl just stunned me – or it would have if I could have watched for a few minutes – but toddlers are a FULL time job.
It felt weirdly natural to have a toddler on my hip, but there is nothing natural about toddler bed time. From sleepy crankiness, to downright screaming at the top of his lungs, to putting on a fresh diaper and pj’s it was a window into life with kids – holy moly. I have absolutely nothing but respect for parents. Especially ones that are raising such precious miniature humans.
At the culmination of the night (read 8:30) everyone was changed, read a story, a tucked into bed and silence reigned supreme in the house. A few hours and I was totally exhausted – to all the twenty something parents (and parents in general) you are all rock stars.
Me? Content to wait.