The Babysitters Club. By Ann M. Martin.
Enough said. I loved these books growing up. Sometimes, I think I learned most of my life lessons from them. That and maybe Degrassi. I would lie in my bed, book in hand, munching on Red Hot Tamales, and dream of one day living in New York City like Stacey, eating Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s under my bed like Claudia, actualizing my own ‘bright idea’ like Kristy, having my best friend turn stepsister like Dawn and Mary-Anne, and lastly, building my very own ultimate “Kid Kit.”
And 20 years later, here I am, making one ( SO glad to see my dreams are coming true!) to prepare my babysitter for a wonderful day/night so that my husband and I can go out peacefully for our very special occasion.
My babysitter is actually pretty great and I probably don’t even need to prepare anything at all, but since this is my first time ever leaving my pretty much, if I had to put a label on it, attachment-parented child for a whole day, and past her bedtime, I thought I would do everything I can to prepare for an easy transition and hope for the best. Not to mention, we are in a hotel, outside of her comfort zone… Which might actually even be a good thing.
Here’s what I did to prepare:
1. I worked with my sitter 2 months prior, having her stay with Els and I, through her bedtime process so that they could both get used to each other during this time.
2. I wrote a complete and extensive list of emergency contacts, bedtime routine instructions, food likes and aversions and other information for my sitter to review and have on hand.
3. I created an ultimate ‘kid kit!’
Inside are: SNACKS. I packed crackers, popcorn, apple fruits, veggies, cereal and seaweed. Other ideas: PB+J’s. Cheese slices. Berries. Pretzels. Yogurts. Smoothies. Freeze dried fruit snacks. Homemade Animal cookies. Homemade toddler muffins.
Crafting supplies: Molding clay with cut up pipe cleaners, feathers, beads, bells and gems. (Fitting for St. Patrick’s Day!)
DUPLOS. ( That never gets old) And one new toy – A Melissa and Doug word puzzle
I also included coloring books, sticker books, and old and new favorite books for bedtime. Ella also threw in some of these:
4. I then prepared a bag full of ‘emergency snacks.’ Very important. For when things go awry.
I made it a point not to pack anything with sugar, because with Els, it’s only a momentary happiness. And then after that, it gets ‘Els on sugar’ worse.
And that is that! One more day to go! The hotel we are in is amazing and surprisingly very kid-friendly. They even have toys to borrow at the front desk which is nice. And there is SO much to do in the area. Els is having a blast. In fact, while her face was half buried in the mounds of fluffy pillows on our enormous bed, she shouted: “I’m having SO MUCH FUN!”
Let’s hope for a smooth day and night tomorrow! My baby’s first time going to bed without her mama…
Just knowing we got everything we could possibly cover, covered makes me feel much better.