Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Emergency Call

Hippie Niece called up in tears asking if R could repeat what he did last year, that is come down and be there with the twins when they woke, change their nappies, feed them and dress them. She had to leave for work with her step father at 4.30am and be back by 9am. Ex Sis in Law is away. Their uncle, Fire Fighting Nephew, had done the job for a couple of mornings and their grandpa, Tradie Brother, had done the job a couple of mornings but they were simply unavailable. R could come down the night before, if he liked, or early in the morning.

I had a medical appointment the day she rang. Unknown to me beforehand, I ended with a sore and swollen hand after a skin biopsy, so I am off work and I offered to go with him. We decided to go early in the morning so we were up before 3 and off for the over one hour long drive. We stopped for petrol and coffee on the way. Quite surreal at the service station where the bowser had to be turned on from the inside by the staff member, and the doors to enter to pay remotely opened.

A five minute chat with them and they were off to work. R dozed and snored along with their dog. I couldn't doze off. The twins woke at about 7 and instead of tearing around the house and crying for their mummy, they were happy and laughing and remained that way. After cleaning them up, dressing them, some cereal and toast, we took them out for a walk and they were truly like angels. The had a play in the garden, pulling out grass and denuding a pot plant of some leaves and then watched some children's tv. But as soon as Hippie Niece turned up, late at 10am, they became sooky and clingy to her. Quite interesting.

We took our leave as she took them to creche and went back to work. Are we whacked after such an early start? We are, although R who can sleep anywhere anytime is ok now. I feel like my eyes are hanging out of my head. Early night for me and a good long sleep.


23 comments:

  1. Good grief, up at 3am, wouldn't want to do that two many times in a row if you didn't happen to go to bed early.
    Seems you had a wonderful morning with the twins, and seeing their mum they changed - happens sometimes.
    Hope your hand is doing ok.

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    1. Margaret, it was rather a shock to the system to get up at that hour. It was very interesting to see how the twins fell apart when their Mother arrived. Hand is better tonight, not so painful.

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  2. Your help given to your niece at short notice is so impressive. It's really what family is all about and the twins must really love you and R.

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    1. Cheryl, at two they are too young to love us, but you wouldn't have known that today.

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  3. I normally get up by 4am, but still, it would be a little unnerving to get an unexpected early morning call like that, and my goodness, you sure rose to the occasion, bad hand and all, so kudos to you. Sure hope the pain is getting better and the swelling has gone down. Hugs....RO

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    1. RO, I don't know why you have to get up so early. I am sure it isn't because you choose to. Thanks for your nice words.

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  4. All The Best With That Hand - Stay Strong

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, its much better today, thanks.

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  5. Very nice of both of you to babysit the twins. Best of luck with your hand, hope it heals quickly Andrew.

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    1. Sami, we were just so pleased they were happy with having us look after them. I've since heard one wasn't with her grandfather, and one wasn't with their uncle.

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  6. You two are totally awesome. What I would give to have relatives like the both of you.

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    1. Strayer, and then we will leave them money too! Down the track, I hope.

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    2. You are good people.

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  7. I am up at 5 each day, oh how I wish I could sleep later!
    It was good of you and R to care for the children, and on such short notice.
    Did you have a skin cancer burnt off? I did last week and it is slowly healing up, but a pain none the less!
    I do not sleep well anywhere, but Jack does. He claims it was his military training.
    All I can say is you and R are wonderful!

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    1. Maribeth, I too am envious of late sleepers. R can sleep past 9, sleep for 2 hours in the afternoon, go to bed at 11 and still have another good night's sleep. I had some skin cancers burnt off a couple of weeks before. They weren't a problem. Thanks. At times I wish R wasn't so good with children and adults.

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  8. Well done! They must be chuffed to have family that they can rely on at the last minute.

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    1. Cro, a little advantage is taken at times, but we don't let it go too far.

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  9. The sooky and clingy thing is common in babies and toddlers, then the minute mum is out of sight, they're as right as rain, until mum returns and the sooky clinging starts again. It's probably Mother Nature's way of having mum feel a bit guilty for leaving them.
    There are some children who don't mind being left and happily wave goodbye to mum as she leaves and welcome her back again on her return.

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    1. Good theory River. It would have probably been worse had she been there when they woke and then left.

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  10. As River said above....little kiddies do that when Mum arrives back on the scene. They've been angels while she was away and as soon as they see her...the monster re-appears! lol

    That was a early start to your day...with the drive etc., thrown in for good measure, no wonder you were ready for an early night! I would've been, too.

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    1. Lee, I had such a good night's sound sleep and felt great the next day.

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  11. Hippy niece is lucky to have such good family support Andrew. Your description of the event made me smile. Yes they are little horrors when they behave perfectly then turn it on for mum and dad. Clever little devils they are 😀😀

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    1. Grace, angels for grandma and then horrors when their parents return?

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