So I had a baby shower to go to today and it has been in the works for a while. It just so happened that Jason had to go out of town and the usual suspects that I would call on were all MIA as well. So I asked a little girl down the street if she thought she was up to it and she was happy to oblige. Knowing her mom and her aunt were certainly a big indicator as to how great a girl she'd be. Since it was her first time babysitting and Ryan's first time being babysat and they had never met before I asked her to come over last night just so Ryan could meet her and she could get through that shy phase.
Ryan was a little shy but was also really enamoured with her pink big girl bike. She liked her enough that she wanted her to have pudding to. If that's not camaraderie I don't know what is! In the wise and often repeated words of Dora the Explorer, 'Its a match!'
And our little babysitter, she is such a mature little girl. I went though some stuff with her and I asked her if she had any questions for me. Right away she asked if Ryan had any allergies. I knew then that she would be able to exercise good judgement and little Ryan would be safe in her hands. I left this afternoon with them both sitting at the kitchen table painting. Ryan didn't even give me a second glance! I have to admit though, I was the first one to leave the shower (baby steps)....
I had been contemplating getting my first real teenage babysitter for awhile but the situation never called for one before. I was a little worried because Ryan had been whining incessantly for her Daddy. I really wanted this to be a positive experience for both of the girls. I am so happy that I took the plunge finally. Most people probably do it a lot sooner but, oh well, better late than never.