Friday was an all-around crazy day. I knew it was going to be pushing it to get dinner made, get the kids fed and pick up our awesome babysitter by the time we needed to get out the door to meet our friends for a night out. I was super stressed and I started to wonder, is this even worth it? Why do I torture myself getting ready for a babysitter to come when the whole point is to have a relaxing evening out together?
I ran through the house, cleaning up, getting myself ready, feeding and changing the baby, and bellowing at the kids to pick up their art projects. I had barely started to get dinner ready for the kids when my husband walked in the door and it was time to go pick up the babysitter. I immediately attacked Evan with requests to help get dinner ready, and then I realized… Wait a minute! Maybe the babysitter can feed the kids!
It has been a couple of years since we started using our current babysitter on a regular basis. She’s wonderful! I’ve never worried about the kids while they’re in her care, but as she is still a fairly young woman, we’ve been careful to make it a gradual process in passing the diabetes torch over completely. This is how the last couple of years have gone:
I cannot explain the feeling of freedom we got just walking out the door and knowing that our babysitter would be able to handle it! The wait and the work have definitely been worth it!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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