Most people I know have family members that live close by and can help with the kids when needed. I’ve always been jealous of those that have grandparents or siblings who can come over to watch their kids so that they can go to the movies with their spouse. We don’t have family around who can step in and lend a hand. If Casey and I want to go out and do something for an evening, we either have to lay down the money for a babysitter, find a friendly friend, or bring the kids on our date.
On our last anniversary, Addie and Vivi got to come along with us on our anniversary date. There weren’t any friends who were available to watch Addie and Vivi and hiring a babysitter is a bit too pricey for us. I don’t know how people can afford to lay down $10 an hour (per child!) for a babysitter. And when did babysitters start making that type of money?! Sheesh, I swear my sister used to make $10 to $15 total to watch 5 kids for 12 solid hours.
When my mother volunteered to fly herself out here from Utah so she could watch the girls while Casey and I went on vacation, it was a huge blessing. However, I have to be honest and admit that I was a bit concerned about leaving Addie and Vivi with her. She watches my nephews all the time, but they’re all older than Vivi and they usually go home at night. For this trip my mom would have a 1-year-old baby for 8 straight days all by herself.
Despite the worry, we left on our vacation and came home to several surprises. One of the surprises is that my mom, who Addie calls Grandma Tyse, just might be a superhero.
After our vacation my coworkers were asking if I found anything weird from the time when my mom was watching the kids. They had all apparently had problems with the grandparents watching their kids and they couldn’t believe we’d leave Addie and Vivi with a grandparent for so long. When I told them about how my lawn got mowed while I was gone, their jaws dropped and they all asked if my mom could come watch their kids while they went away.
While we were on our cruise, I worried that the lawn would grow too quickly and that it would become so long that I wouldn’t be able to cut it by the time I got home. Turns out, that wasn’t something I didn’t need to worry about. My mom realized the lawn was getting too long so she found a baby carrier and strapped Vivi to her back. She pulled out the lawn mower and got it running and proceeded to mow the front and sides of the yard.
Casey has never mowed a lawn before and I’ve never seen my mother mow a lawn in my lifetime, but there she was at my house mowing the lawn and teaching Addie how to ride a bike all while carrying the baby.
I may start asking Addie to call her Super Grandma Tyse instead of just Grandma Tyse.
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