Continuation of Baby Sitting – Woes to Bliss (Part I)
We met Patti Amma. This time our antennas were up. We tried our best to get to know her well. We were convinced enough to try. The location was an issue. Her flat was little off the route and 15-20 minutes walking distance from our Villa. I convinced my cab drivers to help me, but on the evenings when they have tight schedule, I would be dropped only till the Baby sitter’s place. I and my husband decided to meet at the place, pick him and walk to our Villa, on those evenings. Anything was fine as long as Babs was in safe hands.
First week, he cried when I left and when I went to pick him. But I felt he was comfortable with her. By the second week he stopped crying, though he looked sad and was reluctant to let me off. I could see the change in him. He had connected with her. He was of course not happy to leave me but yet was not unhappy with her.
Opposed to the first Baby sitter’s view, Patti Amma told me that Babs was an easy child, any baby sitter’s dream child. He stopped crying as soon as I was out of view. When he wanted, he ate and drank without any fuss. He happily let her bathe him and groom him. He befriended other kids there easily but was shy and scared of outsiders. He would cling to Patti Amma on seeing any outsider. I was happy to see how he became everyone’s favourite at her house. On evenings when I went to pick him, I could see through the door left ajar, Babs sitting in Patti Amma’s lap and Patti Amma singing a Tamil Rhyme, Babs making sounds in tune with her and tapping his little fingers on her cheeks.
We were happy and relieved.
Patti Amma was planning to go on a vacation in December. Other kid’s parents were also fine with the vacation schedule. I too applied for leave and the request was accepted. But then we got a blow, when my husband’s leave application was rejected as his colleague was going on vacation at the same time.
Now we had to look for a new Baby sitter. We were really worried how it would affect our baby, to be left with a new person again.
Luckily for us, there was this couple who had moved to our villa in November. Their son was doing graduation in Kerala, the husband was working and the lady, S was a homemaker. Being in the same villa, we met her often in the evenings and between conversations came to know that she had Baby-sat a 3 months old kid till he was 3 yrs old. She had also expressed interest to baby- sit as she was idle at home and felt lonely. She is a sweet and cheerful lady. Babs was also familiar with her. So we requested her to baby sit him for 3 weeks and she happily agreed. Surprisingly Babs connected with her very fast. He cried only the first 2 days and from the third day he happily went to her arms. He seemed to very happy with her.
Then we went for the month long vacation . After coming back we were in a Dilemma. Both Patti Amma and S were good and loved our baby. Finally we decided to send him to S, because he seemed happy with her and being in the same villa and seeing familiar kids and people around, he never felt he was in strange place or away from home. We wouldn’t have the transportation issue also. There was no bus to Patti Amma’s place from my office and also from her place to our Villa. Getting a taxi to her place was easy but from her place to our villa was difficult. Where as there was a direct bus from near my company to our villa. So I need not worry about dropping and picking up my baby even on days when I don’t get my company cab.
But our woes didn’t end there. On the fourth day after Babs was back with S, S had to rush to Kerala as her mother had fallen and in the ICU. For 3 days, my BIL who was staying with us, did the Baby sitting job. Despite being a bachelor in his twenties and no experience with small kids, he did a great job. But then the sad news of S’s mother’s demise came. S would be back only after a week. BIL had come here on Visit visa, for job search and he had to attend interviews.
So once again I sought Patti Amma’s help. She was happy to care for Babs for one week. Babs hadn’t seen her for nearly two months now and so he again took time to connect with her. For me and Raj too it was a tiring week because that whole week I did not get transportation from my company, as the cabs were busy with deliveries at project sites.
After a week S came back and from then on she is baby sitting my son again.
Curious to know how he is doing ?
– as mentioned in the first post , he is eager to reach there in the morning.
– in the evening he is excited to see me but not in a hurry to leave.
– one night, he spilled water on his night dress and when I removed his dress and was fetching another dress for him, he snatched a dress from the cupboard and in his language asked me to dress him up. He gave the socks to his dad and showed his foot indicating he wanted to wear it. Then he slid down from my arms and took his bag in the table and said ta-ta hurriedly to dad and pulled me, pointing towards the door. From his actions, it was clear that he thought it was morning already and was eager to go to his Aunty’s place.
– one night we were just having a walk outside the room. S also was there and he went to S arms and then he was not coming back to me at all, instead he was asking S to take him to her room.
Then S said ” go to your amma dear, its night, your sleeping time, I am only your vallarthamma, I can’t keep you with me at night, she is your pettamma who will be there with you always.”
Am I upset that my baby is happy to be with his Baby sitter ? No definitely not . I am happy and relieved, because now he is not just with a baby sitter but with another Amma, who loves and cares for him . Am just praying that the bliss continues.
PS : Vallarthamma – Foster mother. Pettamma – Biological Mother
19 thoughts on “Baby Sitting – Woes to Bliss (Part II)”
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You are lucky to have such loving baby-sitters. Have heard so many horror stories!
Ye Purba, after the first horrible experience, I was really lucky to find to find them.
All’s well that ends well!! Glad that finally all of you are happy! 🙂
Yes Shilpa, am really happy now. Just praying that this is ‘the end’ of the woes.
Oh, Glad you found someone where ur baby can be safe and feel loved …
Its a real relief Divya to find someone with whom you can trust your baby.
Good that it turned out well. 🙂
Yeah, really happy and relieved 🙂
such good baby sitter is a dream. Glad that you have such people around.
It is really a dream to find a baby sitter who doesn’t see it just a means to earn but does it for the love for children as well. I was lucky to find such people.
You are lucky to have found another Amma.There are those who quit serious jobsas one cant find a relaible baby Sitter
I was also on the verge of doing so. But luckily I found them 🙂
you are blessed to have such folks around you 🙂 🙂
Really blessed Visha 🙂
Aww that was a great post. I am sure as parents best thing we want for our little one is to have reliable nanny and I am glad you found one.
True LF. I am really glad we found someone like her 🙂
I am glad u found someone reliable,truly a relief 🙂 I have to admit , i would be so insanely jealous if my baby would want to sleep with my babysitter instead…
After the first horrible baby sitter experience, I can only be glad to find someone whom by baby loves; that relief kills the jealousy that I would have otherwise felt 🙂