So let's talk babysitters...something I never thought I'd be discussing here! But why not?!
I was sort of against having a babysitter before Molly Anne was 6 months old. I was a first time Mama who had no clue what I was doing. I certainly couldn't trust someone else to take care of my babydoll. Right or wrong, I was a huge worry wart (and still am!)!
Now that she is 6 months old (I have no idea how I decided on 6 months) I felt much better about having someone other than family or Ms. Becky take care of her. A few weeks ago some of my girls and I were talking about babysitters and how much to pay them and where to find one etc and I thought to myself, I'm going to get one of these girls lined up to watch Molly Anne! So, I texted a gal from the neighborhood, Kathryn. I'm friends with her Mom, she's babysat for my friend Lisa's kids and she has 9 other siblings so she's taken care of kids, a lot.
She was available for the following Saturday night so we planned a night out with friends! She came over after 7 so Molly Anne was already in bed. All she had to do was hang out with Mills. I think Mills was most excited of all of us to have Kathryn there haha! So yeah, basically Mills got a babysitter for the night!
Let's talk cost - I really had no clue what to pay. Infants are harder than older kids especially if they have to feed or bathe them or both. I've heard anywhere from $10-15/hour. I asked my friend Lisa who had Kathryn sit for her a lot (Lisa has two older children) and she said $12/hour and they round up to the next hour if they come home at like 11:15. When we went to pay Kathryn, I just told her that I talked to Lisa and she said $12/hour. She said yes usually I charge $10-12/hour. So there you have it. We were out from 7-11pm so we gave her $50 and called it a day. Does this seem right in your area? I know friends that pay more than this and that pay less. I think it depends on the time of day, what they have to do and how many children.
Yes we have Kevin's parents in town and tons of friends that would gladly watch Molly Anne for us and we cannot express how thankful we are for that! Some of my fondest memories growing up are when my brother and I had a babysitter. My parents went out with another couple most Saturday nights and we would go hang out with their kids too. I can't wait for Molly Anne to get to do that with our friend's kids!
Oh and on going out when you have kids... Kevin and I think it's important. One of my co-workers told me awhile ago that if he and his wife weren't happy, then their kids wouldn't be happy. Isn't that the truth? Going out to dinner or hanging with friends sans kiddos is a good thing in our book. And we had such a good family weekend this past weekend. We spent every moment with Molly Anne that she was awake and had the best time. And Kevin and I got some time together. Win win!
Do tell...how do you feel about having a babysitter?!