Anyone who’s been reading me for some time knows that B and I both love my OB, Dr. H. The man is just…. awesome. He’s a fabulous, caring practitioner and a very interesting guy who loves to chat you up about his hobbies and family. He’s talked quite a bit about his wife and their two girls, and in my mind, I’ve always viewed them as nothing short of amazing.
When Matthew was a few months old, I ran into Dr. H who knew us immediately and introduced Matthew and me to his wife (I was with a good friend who was also his patient, and was currently pregnant and seeing him, but he didn’t know her name top-of-mind). She was wonderful. Outgoing, interested, engaged. 6 weeks after Bryson was born, and a day before my 6 week visit with him, our family ran into his at a coffee joint. We met his oldest daughter who was so kind and loving towards Matthew, which we REALLY appreciated given all the attention the new baby was getting. At my appointment the next day, I asked Dr. H when his daughter would be ready to babysit and he said to ask next year because she’d be getting close in a year.
So this past Sunday night, we ran into Dr. H and his family at a local park. His girls whisked Matthew off for 45 minutes to play basketball while we adults chatted. I talked with Mrs. H and B talked to Dr. H. We talked about all sorts of things, including babysitting. Mrs. H and Dr. H said that the girls are wanting to start watching kids, and I got pretty excited. We agreed that this summer would be the right time to discuss it further and the girls were so excited.
Watching his girls with Matthew melted my heart. They giggled with him, swung him around, cheered him on… It was precious! When it was time to part ways, the three of them came to us holding hands, with Matthew in the middle of his two new friends. My heart danced.
The next night, I stopped at the Y to get some t-ball, soccer, and preschool recreation info and ran into Mrs. H. Is this sounding like fate? We said hello and their younger daughter talked about how fun it was to play with Matthew the night before. As I left, I thought, “seize this opportunity.” I turned around and said, “Say, B and I were talking last night after we saw you and were wondering if the girls would like to be ‘mothers helpers’ this summer.” Mrs. H asked what that meant and when I explained it, she said, “funny, because on our way home, J (Dr. H) said he was going to text you to see if you would want to bring the boys over to leave them with us so the girls could get to know them and get used to babysitting.”
I asked if it would be ok to email Dr. H (some day I’ll be able to call him J, but not yet) and she said please do, let’s make this happen.
I just emailed him this morning. This is going to happen. I love the idea of our boys getting comfortable and close to these girls who could (and likely will) end up being their sitters/buddies for many years. I love knowing that these girls are already enchanted by him and are excited to get to know him more. You should have seen the younger girl on Monday night when Mrs. H and I talked about the girls helping me this summer. “Yes, Mom! Please!!!” It doesn’t get better than that!
So yeah, I’m super excited about this!
April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
Awesome to find such great girls to help you out and eventually be a sitter for the boys. And obviously they come from a good home with good parents! 🙂
April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm
This sounds like such a perfect opportunity! YAY!
April 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Yay! What a golden opportunity. It’s so awesome that you have found each other. I babysat A LOT during high school and college and I still feel so close to the families whose kids I watched for several years. Many of those kids are my FB friends now (and are in college! Eek!) I hope this relationship becomes something really, really special. It sounds like it will.
April 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm
That’s really cool. I can’t wait to find a person who could be a sitter for years to come too!
April 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Awww this sounds so perfect!! What a great opportunity for everyone! 🙂 We are lucky that we have some great future babysitters lined up here as well through our school so I am excited to start getting our students involved… once I get just a teeny tiny bit braver with leaving Lids (I don’t do it often… at all!)
April 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm
What a perfect scenario! So happy for you!
April 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm
This is awesome!! I love watching Chloe play with the older neighbor girls too, often walking hand in hand like you mentioned. Just curious, do you know how old his daughters are? We have yet to really dive into the babysitting world, but one of these days we have to, especially with JJ’s current work schedule, one of us is always coming or going and we NEVER have time just the two of us. You’ll have to update us as things progress and let us know how it works out for everyone!
April 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm
They’re 10 and 12, so they’ll likely not stay alone with them until next year. I would be cool with leaving them with Matthew at their current ages, but not with Bryson. I think he’s too big for them to even get in and out of the crib. HA!