I have two extras today. This neighborhood needs a Grandma and I am it! I have an 18month old and her younger brother who is 3 months old today. So far I have not fed mom or even gotten her dressed. But I have rocked a fussy baby to sleep twice, and changed a messy diaper. Mom seems to be enjoying all the commotion.
When we moved into this neighborhood 20 years ago we were the new young family on the block. Our youngest was in kindergarten and the oldest was just leaving for college. All of our neighbors were original home owners and quite elderly. We have watched the neighborhood completely change and we are now the old people. I took care of many an old neighbor for the last several years, cooking, dressing, and helping them move when needed. The last one is now in a home and I take him to lunch about once a month. He doesn't know me anymore but he loves the hot dogs at Sonic. So I am no longer Kim the woman two doors down that hems his pants. I am the hot dog lady and I can live with that.
As the hood turns over we have many young families around us. These particular neighbors moved in as a blended family. Both have jobs and the kids were all in school. However she became pregnant ( not on purpose but we all know this happens) so well now they would be a his, mine and ours. It would work. Their little girl was born Dec.7 2016. She is a dolly and mom went back to work when she was three months old. Then at her 3month check up she found out she was pregnant again! Baby brother was born on Dec.24 2017, so not quite Irish twins.
I feel for families that both need to work and day care is such a huge expense. Getting a day care that will take an infant is really hard. We got to talking over the fence and she said that the biggest thing in addition to the expense was that her sitter was a 1/2 hour away in the heights then 1/2 hour back to work down town. Plus getting the kids into and out of the car seats was another 15 minutes . So on top of a full 8 hour day she had 2.5 hours of car and car seats. Yikes. I cannot imagine. She just went back to work last week and her sitters mom passed away. So now she is scrambling. We offered to take the two on Wednesdays to give her a break. She brings them over the fence in jammies and leaves for work. She has a 5 minute commute. She can come home and nurse the little boy at lunch rather than pump. So far other than getting up way too early we are doing fine. I will sew while the two takes naps this afternoon. If one won't nap then Hub's will take that one on. This will save them about $400.00 a month plus a day of no commuting.
Crazy or what?
Have a great and productive day staying positive while in the negative.