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?

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