Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Baby care

Before last Saturday night Fire Fighting Nephew asked if we could look after his daughter for a couple of hours while he and his wife had dinner in town with friends. We asked if they would like to stay the night as they live one hour and twenty minutes away on the Surf Coast. They said no because they had to get back to their dog. 

They could have brought the dog here and we would have looked after the number two child too, but he is a large and exuberant dog who has a tail sweep that would clear our shelving unit of precious things, and sweep the coffee table too. 

Then they contacted us again; someone is looking after their dog, so they will stay the night after all. The two hour dinner with friends turned from 7pm to 1am. I went to bed but R stayed half awake listening for baby distress noises. I is a bad great uncle.

Nine month old great niece Little Ju is the most delightful baby. She was always happy and went to sleep easily, unlike Little Jo some years ago. She seems very advanced for her age, so unlike the Café Latte Twins. Little Ju will win people over with her beautiful smile. Of course I love all the greats equally, whatever their temperaments. 

Apparently FFN and his wife bought take away food from the Scottish restaurant across the road and at 1am sat on balcony while eating, so awed by the views of lights.

R was very good with Little Ju and had her to sleep soon enough. It was so good that she did not projectile vomit while she was in our care, but she did at 5am and 6am. Not our problem then. I am the gofer in such child care. I look after everything else except looking after the baby. I even had to take R's cooked lasagne out of the oven and put it on the dinner table. I think I then afterwards I had to put a plate in the dishwasher. I am terrific at support. Just ask me for assistance.

I had put out towels for FFN and his wife to shower but they didn't. I put out cereal for their breakfast, but they had none. I put out the toaster, but they had none. I had a tea bag in a mug for FFN when he eventually arose, but we didn't have any soy or almond milk so he didn't have tea. They left at about 10am Sunday and no doubt stopped off somewhere for brunch. 

Nevertheless, a successful visit and Little Ju was a delight. I'll sneak in a photo and let it sit for a day.


30 comments:

  1. She is a complete charmer, and that smile is beyond precious.
    I am glad that you had such a successful visit - for all of you.
    Years back (lots of years)Himself's sister and her eldest child stayed with us. He howled all night long. In the morning she apologised profusely and himself said 'Huh? I didn't hear a thing'. In the poor child's defence he had just flown to Australia from the UK and the next week FOUR new teeth emerged.

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    1. EC, me now being at expert at childcare, I am sure it is correct about the teeth.

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  2. Oh, she is precious! I love babies! All shapes, sizes and temperaments. I'm sort of a baby whisperer!

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    1. Maribeth, she is at an interesting age. I expect she will soon be crawling.

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  3. Good on you and R for being great Great Uncles:)
    That baby is just adorable;)

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    1. Sandra, they nearly are all adorable aren't they.

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  4. Aw! You and R are just big softies. Delightful that the little girl babe was comfortable in your company.

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    1. YP, you don't think I say, 'Can you take the noisy and smelly thing away'?

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  5. Cutsie wootsie. As YP says, you're just a couple of old softies.

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    1. Shush Cro. I don't want people to get the wrong impression of me.

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  6. She does look delightful and isn't it just great when they go to sleep when they should, instead of fighting it.

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    1. River, truly an angel to look after. I wish everyone had babies like her.

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  7. 9 months is a perfect age. She is old enough to pay attention to your conversations with her, but not old enough to waddle around the flat putting things in her mouth.

    And she is definitely not old enough to drink, drive or smoke!

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    1. Hels, that's what I think. She is no longer an inert and unalert object.

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  8. Gorgeous little one. You were a great help at breakfast time but alas no one took you on :)

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    1. Margaret, I could understand them no accepting my hospitality if I was going to attempt to cook something.

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  9. Oh my goodness, that smile! I'd have been reduced to mush at the sight of it. I laughed out loud at your description of your assistance. Well done!

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    1. Debby, just don't ask R about my assistance.

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  10. A very cute baby! I admire your child-minding skills. I'd be terrified to babysit for anyone!

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    1. S'pose I could on my own if I had to Steve, but R does the yards with baby care.

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  11. What great uncles who even do baby sitting :)
    She is so cute and seems to be such a well behaved baby.

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    1. We are great, aren't we Sami. Thanks.

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  12. That is quite a responsibility and it shows the level of trust they place in you. You are obviously road tested in handling the greats, no matter the age.

    Well done

    And she is gorgeous, so alert!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, down to R. I would have put her nappy on her head I expect. Thanks.

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  13. Wow, you two are incredibly decent hosts, with someone coming in that early in the morning, putting out breakfast, even if unwanted.

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    1. Strayer, it is getting too hard for R to look after guests now, but if they are pretty self sufficient, it is ok.

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  14. Oh yes , a little sweetheart she is Andrew and yourself and R are brilliant uncles 💜

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    1. Of course we are Grace. She will miss us when we're gone. Well I hope she does.

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  15. I bet in years to come all of your nephew and nieces will have grand stories to share about Uncle Andrew.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Oh Dora, no. What secrets might they know. I don't like publicity.

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