adventures in babysitting

October 30, 2011

If you can believe it, my niece Aubrey was born six weeks ago Friday! It seems like time has flown. Do you think she looks the same throughout the last six weeks?

Day one:

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Week 3:

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Week 6:

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I think her features are pretty much staying the same — except for all that pesky hair she keeps losing!

Yesterday, my sister finally let me watch Aubrey for a few hours while she went out and ran some errands. Apparently, going grocery shopping is much easier without two older children and a newborn — and I would definitely have to agree. Usually Nana (my mom) is the first person Kirstin will call to watch the baby, but I think she fails to remember that I live only a hop skip and a jump away (aka: one mile away) from her — call Auntie Chelsey first!

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Needless to say, I was very happy to be able to go and watch her — the older two were out playing with friends, which meant Aubrey and I had some quality bonding time. It was funny to watch her respond when I first got there because despite the fact that my sister and I don’t look anything alike, our voices are fairly similar. Pair that with both of us talking in a higher pitch voice to a baby, and anyone would be confused. Poor Aubrey was probably wondering why her mommy grew another head and had two voices.

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Thankfully Aubrey was awake for a while when I arrived over — she is starting to coo and smile a lot, which is basically the cutest thing ever. I swear I searched high and low to find a headband to put on this poor child for the zillion pictures I took of her, but I couldn’t find one. Apparently my sister hides them under lock and key.

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We spent some time talking to one another before Aubrey started to get a little tired (read: fussy).

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That was her “stop taking pictures of me and rock me to sleep face”.

Rock you to sleep? I think I can handle that one!

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Is it just me or is there absolutely nothing cuter in the world than a sleeping baby? I could stare at her all day! Aubrey spent the rest of our time together drifting in and out of sleep, which was just fine. We snuggled. I watched Friends. It was a good time.

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I definitely got my baby fix in while I was there. Unfortunately, I need a baby fix like every day. Good thing they invited the family over for dinner today — although I’ll have to compete with the grandparents, which is never an easy task.

Three cheers for baby sitting!

Question: Did you babysit when you were a teenager? When was your first babysitting job?

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 30, 2011 at 6:07 am

Omg she is BEAUTIFUL!!! Growing so fast but still such a tiny, adorable, little bundle. Oh I remember those days. Love the Boppy in the background. Oh, I remember those days :)

I think she has your eyes or your side of the family’s eyes 100%!!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 6:46 am

Thanks, Averie! :) My sister has this picture of her where she looks exactly like my mom and me. I’m crossing my fingers that she keeps on with that trend!

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Khushboo October 30, 2011 at 6:17 am

Ahh what a gorgeous baby! My sister and her hubby really need to get on it- cannot wait to babysit their kid (whenever they finally pop him/her out)–> in other words, i cannot wait to spoil the kid rotten :D

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char @ char on a mission October 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

I pretty much was the babysitter on the street (Halloween on the mind much…I typed ‘treat’ first haha) – some jobs easier than others. Babysitting one girl that put HERself to sleep…check! Babysitting three kids, where the oldest two were boys and would test whether you were going to tell the parents how bad they actually were…check (I still have nightmares lol).

Your niece is a total cutie. My sister-in-law is preggers with their third child. I better start working on that child, even though I clearly have won the other two over, more than my husband!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

Oh gosh, I babysat some monsters in my day too!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

So cute! Love the pics. I babysat alot when I was younger, but never babies really…haha :)

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Sweet and Savvy October 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

She is GORGEOUS! You also did an amazing job with the pictures! I cannot believe how fast she is growing. I love baby posts! :)

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

She is so cute! I actually didn’t babysit much when I was younger. I would help my older sister out every now & then, but that’s it!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 30, 2011 at 7:31 am

Awww babies just totally melt my heart. <3 Aubrey is so cute!

I used to babysit these two girls on my street. I still run into them sometimes and it's crazy how grown up they are now!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 30, 2011 at 7:46 am

She’s so stinkin’ adorable!! You’re right, there’s nothing cuter than a sleeping baby. I’m glad you got some quality time with her!

I babysat quite a bit when I was younger, but it was rarely ever babies mostly just because I didn’t know many families with teeny tiny babies. Currently I babysit our neighbor baby (she’s almost 1) on my days off sometimes, and it’s the highlight of my week! I, too, need my regular baby fix. Every day would be nice, but some day… ;)

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katie October 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

Awwwwww she is SO sweet! How awesome you got to babysit her, your sister does need to have you watch her more often ; )

You are such a great aunt, and Aubrey is lucky to have a great aunt like you!

One day you will have to have a little one ; ) You would be the best mom!

Happy Sunday! Enjoy the day with your family!
xoxo

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Aw, thanks Katie – that comment meant a lot!

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health October 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

Aw Aubrey is beautiful!!! I probably would have taken a ton of pictures of her too. I used to babysit all the time, although I don’t think I ever actually babysat a baby haha.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

What a little cutie!! Glad you had a good time bonding with her!!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 30, 2011 at 8:12 am

Needing a baby fix everyday is a great sign!! Get to work! ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Haha! In good time!

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Michaela October 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

gotta love babies!
I started babysitting when I was 11 and I absolutely loved it! My first job was taking care of a 10 month old boy, he was super cute and pretty easy to handle (once I learned to use the hair dryer to put him to sleep.).

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I’ve never heard of the hair dryer tactic!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

She is too cute! I LOVED babysitting when I was younger. One of mom’s brothers and his wife had a little girl when I was 7, and then had 3 more after her! I was hooked and she would let me “babysit” while she was there when I was younger, and then I actually started watching them when I was about 12 or 13. I babysat them up until I left for college and now that first one is a Junior in High School! It’s so weird, I can’t believe how much they grew! too fast.

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nicole @ simply nicole October 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

she is so precious. I never had a steady baby sitting job. Just one here and there. Never seemed to be old enough to baby sit. And once I was old enough, I had better things to do, in my eyes.

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Krystina (Organically Me) October 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

Someone has pretty blue eyes! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Thanks, Krystina – I like my eyes too. :) Just joking, I know she’s just too darn cute!

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Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries October 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

I never babysat. Ever. And I have a huge family, but all my cousins and I are around the same age..so I’ve never been around babies! They scare me! They seem so delicate and precious and I’m afraid I’ll do something wrong. My cousin is pregnant right now, so hopefully she’ll ease me in to the idea of being around little ones :)

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

For some reason I could almost see this comment coming from you. Please video tape the next time you’re around a baby please and thank you. :) This is, of course, being said with the most love I can muster!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

I got to watch my niece & nephew yesterday too! Only I had to drive 2.5 hours there and 2.5 hours back— *totally* worth it! :) …..She is a beauty and I just love how they change every stinking second!

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Alexia @ NamasteYoga October 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

i often baby sitted when i was younger. A lot of times it was my youngest brother, he is 10 years younger than me so i was his big sister and mom at the same time. I learned a lot from it and love being around kids. they make me forget about worries…..

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katie @KatieDid October 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

aww she is so beautiful!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

Wow what a beautiful baby :) These pictures made me happy!

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Laura @ LauraLikesDesign October 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

Oh my goodness she is so cute! I love sleeping babies too–they always look so snuggly!

I was really into babysitting from 13-16…totally inspired by the Babysitter’s Club. I made my own “kid kit” (my old school backpack filled with snacks, games, and crafts), and business cards to hand out! So fun!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I LOVE The Babysitters Club. Best books ever.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb October 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

awww, how precious!! i have MAJOR baby fever right now and these pictures only made it worse :) i did babysit when i was younger… as young as 13 i think! i don’t know if i’d ever be comfortable with someone that young watching my kids…

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Lauren @ Forward is a Pace October 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

Oh my gosh, she’s precious! Nothing like a sweet little sleeping baby face.

I babysat all the time growing up. My first job was for a neighbor boy, and he’s all grown up now — he’s 21! We recently drank together at a wedding and it was such an odd experience — I felt oh-so-old. ;)

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Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection October 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

My first job was babysitting, and I was 11 years old at the time. I’m in my last year of college now and it’s still a part-time job for me–I love it! Unfortunately none of the families I babysit for now have kids that are too little…I miss getting to watch babies!

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Janet Willis Williams October 30, 2011 at 10:35 am

Chelsey, i am sooooooooooo glad that Aubrey has someone else that LOVES to take pictures! otherwise….i’m sure i wouldn’t even recognize my granddaughter the next time i get to see her! soooooo sweet. i bought Alyssa a web cam while i was there so they could skype me and i could watch the kids really grow up, but do you think any of them use it? that would be a big fat NO!!! thank you for posting these, they allow me to get my baby fix and btw, i stole them….i didn’t think you would mind! <3<3<3

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cleaneatingchelsey October 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

:) Of course I don’t mind!

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nicole marie October 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

i tried and miserably failed at babysitting! it was not something that i loved. barney was in its infancy, and i just couldn’t do that purple dino! so, i formed the babysitters club, organising the work of other babysitters, taking a percentage of their earnings. i was an entrepreneur at 13. :) ~ my sister’s baby was born yesterday. he has more hair than i currently do. and your niece is adorable! x

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Amber K October 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

She is absolutely beautiful! And yes, there’s nothing more precious than a sleeping baby. Although, it’s funny to me whenever I see the name Aubrey and it’s referring to a girl, because that’s my husband’s name :)

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Shannon @ Healthiful Balance October 30, 2011 at 11:32 am

AWW! Such a cute baby! :)
Yes! I babysit and its so much fun :)

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Molly@ This Life Is Sparkling October 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I love babies! I started babysitting when I was 12 I think. Ever since then I have babysat and I worked at a daycare all through out high school. Now that I am in college I miss seeing kids everyday!

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Emily October 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

She is so precious!
I used to babysit a lot during high school and I always loooved it. I definitely would not be ready to take on a baby 24/7 though- not yet, anyways!

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Emily October 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I can’t wait until I have a little niece or nephew to babysit, hopefully soon! Aubrey is beautiful! I’m sure she knows she’s lucky to have an aunt like you!

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Diana October 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I love babysitting – that was my first job for the first 10 years I had a job…followed up by my 2nd job as a summer camp counselor, WILDLY different I know! My maturity level is about parallel with an elementary-aged kid so we always have a great time together :)

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Heather October 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

OH. MY. GOSH. She is sooo stinking beautiful, Chelsea! Seriously. Wow.

I love babysitting. And I love children. I get so attached to them! My first babysitting job was for my next-door neighbors when I was 14. We watched a lot of princess Disney movies and ate popcorn. Total drag. ;-)

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 31, 2011 at 6:02 am

She is such a beautiful baby! :D
My first babysitting job was when I was 14…for an 11 year old! I felt so bad telling him he had to go to bed at 7, but parents orders! lol

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Angie October 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

When are you going to have a little one!?! :)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 31, 2011 at 6:39 am

Oh my gosh what a beautiful baby!!! Too adorable, you must have had a great time baby sitting :D

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles October 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

What a gorgeous girl!! I’m glad Auntie got a chance with her. I used to babysit my cousins all the time! It was great, because we’re super close now that they’re older. I’m totally the favorite.

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Sarah November 1, 2011 at 3:48 am

Every time i see overly cute babies it makes my ovaries hurt. I think i need to be married before anything can happen though haha.

Do you guys plan on having kids anytime soon or want to wait a while?

I know this may be semi rude to ask (maybe) but ive been reading your blog from the begining and find you to be so inspirational. I recently caught the blogging bug and started my own. Except… i have no readers. Id feel honored if you would maybe give my lil blog a shot out on one of your posts? If not i understand, but it never hearts to ask right??

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Sophie @ threetimesf November 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

She is getting progressivly more adorable! Enjoy :)

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