Want email updates from me?
Want more unvarnished truth?
Looking for something? Look here!
What I'm saying now
What you're saying...
I think tag clouds are pretty, and not to be taken overly seriously
111 Chop House 75 on Liberty Wharf 9/11 A Broth of a Boy ABCs Abiouness accountability activities alcohol Allora Ristorante Analysis Angry Hams ANSI/TIA 942 Anthony's Pier 4 Apple Application Armsby Abbey Arsenal Arturo's Ristorante Ashland AT&T Audio Automation baby Baby Monitor babysitting Back To School Bad News Bangkok Thai Bar Bay State Common baystateparent BBQ BCP BeeZers Before I die I want to... behavior Big Bang Bike Bill of Rights Bistro Black Box BlackBerry Boston Boston Marathon boundaries Boyston BPO brand Breakfast Bridge Bring Your Own Technology Budget Burlington Burn Burrito buyer BYOD Cabling Cambridge Camp Campaign career Casey's Diner Castle casual cCabling Cell Phone Central Square Change Management Cheers Chef Sun ChengDu Chet's Diner Children Chinese Christmas Christmas Families Holiday CIO Cloud coddle collage College College Acceptance co-lo Co-Location Co-Location Tier Power Cooling Comfort Food Control Country Country Kettle Crisis customer dad Dad Phrases damage daredevil Data Center Data Center Design Davios Day Care Dead Death declaration Del Frisco's Design Desktop Video dinner Disaster Recovery Divorce Do Epic Shit dodgeball Downtown Crossing DR driving Droid Easter Economic Kids Edaville Education Elbow Night Elevator Employee Engagement Erin Etiquette Evaluation events Exchange Expiration Dates Facebook Failing family Fatherhood Favorite things Flash Flemings Fogo de Chão Food Hits and Misses Format Foundry on Elm Foxborough Frameworks fraternity Fraud French Fried Clams friends fun Fusion Generations germs Girl Scouts girls Global Go/No Go GPS Grafton Grandchild Grandpa Harry's hazing Healthcare Healthy Choices while Dining Out Help Desk Hisa Japanese Cuisine Historic holiday Home hope Horizons hose Hot Dog Hurricane IIT Assessment incident Indecision Indian Infrastructure Inn Innovation Internet Inventory Management iPhone IT IT Assessment IT Satisfaction Italian Jack Daniels Jakes Restaurant Janet Japanese Jazz Joey's Bar and Grill JP's Khatta Mitha kickball kids Laid off Lakes Region Lala Java Leadership Learning legacy Legal Harborside Les Zygomates L'Espalier Liberty Wharf lights out Linguine's loss Love Lucky's Cafe M&M Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade mai tai Managed Application Services Managed Services managers Mandarin Manners Mark Fidrych marriage Mary Chung mass save Maxwell-Silverman Mediterranean meetings Memorial Day memory Mendon Mergers Mexican MiFi Migration Ming III miss MIT MIT CIO Symposium Mobility Moes Hot Dog Truck MOM money Mother Moving on Name neanderthal neighborhood Network New York Marathon newborn Northborough Not Your Average Joe's Nuovo Nursing On-Call Operations Operators Oregon Club Organization Pancakes Pandemic Parental Control Parenting Patch Peeves People Perserverance UMASS growth Play Plug and Run Predictable Pride Problem Process Production program Project Management propane PTA. PTO PUE QR Quick Response Rant Real Estate Realtor Recognition Red Rock Resiliency Respect restaurant Restaurant Guy RFP ribs Ritual Root Cause Analysis Sam Adams Sandy Sapporo savings School Sea Dog Brewing Company Sea Dog Steak and Ale Seafood Seaport Security Sel de la Terra Service Service Desk Service Indicator Light sharing SHIRO Shit Pump Shriners SHTF Simplification Skunk Works Skype Sleep sleepovers Sloan Smith & Wollensky soccer Son SOP sorority spanking Squarespace staffing Starbucks Status Reporting Steak Steve Jobs Storage Strategy stress Summer Sushi swimming Tacos Acalpulco teacher Technology Teen Telephony Temperature Strip Tenka terrorist Testing Texas BBQ Company Text Thai Thanksgiving in IT The Mooring Thomas Thought Leader Three Gorges III TIA 942 Timesheets Toby Keith Toddlers traditions Transition treehouse turnover TV Twitter unspoken moments Valentine's Day Value Vendor Venezuelan Verizon Vermont Video Vietnamese voice VoIP Watertown Wedding Westborough Korean Restaurant Westborough MA. StormCam WiFI Wi-Fi Wilbraham Wine Worcester work work life balance working Yama Zakura Zem Han Zitis

Entries in babysitting (1)

Sunday
Mar092014

Need a Babysitter, Any Takers?

Grandpa took a selfie while feedingMy family uses a group messaging list for communicating.  Coordination for events, announcements, issues….it’s all there.  As long as a string of them don’t come while working it’s pretty convenient, although I would prefer to talk once in a while.

One thread the other day had me reflecting on child raising through the millennia. 

“Need a babysitter on Saturday, any takers?”   My son rarely initiates a text thread. My daughter had the privilege of babysitting one day, since she lives 2.5 blocks away. 

“I need to work overnight 2AM to 6AM on Saturday and April plans to drive her mom home during the day.  We’re flexible on time.”  April’s mom lives in Western MA, and was ending a week’s visit with the newborn.

“I have a haircut at 8:30, and could come over after.”  Wow.  My first solo ride with the newborn. Let the spoiling begin!

“Thank you, we really appreciate it.”  April chimed in with a nice expression of appreciation.

“No problem.  I’m looking forward to it.”  I was happy, no, thrilled to spend some time with my granddaughter.

“See how long you last before you beg me to take over.  :)”  Did my son suddenly doubt me?  It turns out each grandmother had spent a week at the home, and they were pretty tired by the end of the week.  I can certainly handle a few hours.

“I may have done this before.  Maybe….”  Given two offspring are on the list, I was hoping this would be a funny note.  As I shared this with other parents, we all do the same thing…checking in on the grandparents and making sure they still have it.

“30 years ago?”  Hmm, my son was pointing out my experience was not “recent.”

“Like riding a bike.”  I was not going to be held down.

“You aren’t the young stallion you used to be.”  Darn him. He wasn’t letting go.

“Aged to perfection.”  I got my wife a t-shirt with this inscription for her 40th birthday.  I got the t-shirt from PBS, so it was highbrow.  We are now divorced.  J

“Pretty sure I’m only 27.”  There’s my daughter, coming to my aid, and defusing the situation. 

“Pretty sure dad didn’t take care of either of us until we were 1.5 years old.”  OMG!  They actually read my blog?  They are using my own words against me?

I caved.  Pulled out the white flag and surrendered.   “There is a little truth to that.”

I did do my babysitting duty, and had a glorious time.  The little one and I bonded between feeding, diaper changes, and sleeping.  It was all good.

While she rested, my thoughts went to changes over the years.  Children have been raised for tens of thousands of years.  Disposable diapers are a big change still in place today.  The formula was mixed with purified water…frankly we always thought town water delivered through the tap was pretty pure. 

Overall, it comes back to the same things with a newborn.  Feeding, cleaning, napping….loving.  The specifics may change but the basics are unchanged.  And like riding a bike, once you have it you have it forever.