Originally this post was going to be about simple things, but I guess I'll save that for tomorrow since I can't seem to focus on anything...
It's the approximate number of hours I've spent babysitting in 2009. There are a few babysitting jobs that I apparently didn't record- or recorded somewhere else (like my old planner, which I couldn't find when I was adding up all this stuff. LOL.)
Because I love statistics...I cared for 9 families in '09- 17 children between the ages of newborn to 12. 8 girls and 9 boys.
I've given baths, successfully put all or most of these kids to bed, played red light green light, freeze tag, and Simon Says in a hotel room, rescued a little boy from a hotel bed fall, watched countless episodes of Dora, The Backyardigans, Go Diego Go, and Baby Einstein... I've encountered bee stings, growling dogs, kids vomiting, first steps, tears galore, and toddler hugs so tight I couldn't breathe. I've rocked little ones to sleep, played the Wii with the older kids, eaten food from gummy baby hands, become slightly addicted to said baby food, played tea party and Play-Doh, walked kids to the bus stop, fed them snacks and watched older siblings comfort younger ones. I've been involved in water balloon fights, pillow fights, and dart gun fights.
It all comes down to moments like these that make it worth it.
Moments like this? It's why I choose to spend a lot of my free time with kids. Moments like this are priceless.