I went home early yesterday because of a baby.
My sister asked me to baby babysit my niece so they finish moving their things to their new house. I was hesitant to agree initially. My niece is barely 7 months old. She feeds from her mom’s breasts. I don’t know how to take care of a baby that young.
The few times I baby sat for my other nieces, they were already in their blabbering stage and can signal what they want. But a 7-month old? They would just scream their hearts out until you give what they want which is a great puzzle on their own.
I eventually relented after some cajoling. So I rushed home yesterday. My sister promised me to be back in three hours. Being the time-crazy, schedule-freak that I am, I made a mental note to schedule my niece’s activities.
The first hour was spent on play time. My husband and I sat her on our bed and spread all her toys around. We just sat on the edge to make sure she won’t fall off. Thanks to my teaching background, I’m aware that babies can play on their own. My husband kept on telling me to play with the baby. Actually, it’s healthy to allow kids to play on their own. It develops creativity. Honestly though, my niece just keeps on throwing things around and laughing at them like a maniac.
After an hour of ”playing,” the baby got bored. I was observing her and I believe she got bored. She stopped throwing her toys around and started looking around. After a few minutes, she crawled up to me seemingly asked to be carried. Uh oh, I thought. I love hugging her but I hate carrying her. She’s a 10-kilo baby!
She started softly banging her head on my chest until I stood up and went out. It’s time to go out. I planned to allot one hour outside. I noticed before how babies are quiet and observant when they’re out of the house like they’re just breathing and taking in everything. So I stood outside of our apartment for almost an hour. Baby is quietly observing the leaves. She’s probably counting them cause she didn’t make a fuss for almost an hour.
Unfortunately, it rained so we didn’t finish the allotted time outside. She got fussy. I asked my husband to play some kiddie YouTube videos. She didn’t like them. We turned on the TV and she got quiet when the evening news came. My sister was strict with TV. She told us not to let the baby watch. But I declared a cheat day for baby yesterday.
My sister told me that watching TV shows and videos affect the baby’s mental development. There were also some studies that connect watching shows with ADHD. A professor in the university told us another study. She said that watching fast-moving shows like action-packed cartoons, fast-paced videos and TV commercials can be linked to ADHD. However, shows that are slower pace like talk shows and news reports are okay. They’re just similar to talking people. So there you go sister, we just watched the news. No harm done!
The baby slept from watching the news. My arms were getting heavy but I’m afraid to move lest baby wakes up. Now, I know. The struggle is real! After 30 minutes, I moved a bit and boom! Baby cried a bit and woke up. My husband calmed her down and it gave me the chance to take a bath. My husband asked me not to take too long in the shower. I can foresee how we will be like when we get to have a baby- shorter shower times.
After a quick shower and a hurried dressing up, I found my niece sucking my husbands biceps. He told me he gave some water to baby. Baby almost finished an entire bottle and now she’s playing zombie, eating my husband’s arms. She’s obviously hungry. We tried searching for a formula milk around her things, none. There was also no baby food. Poor baby. No mommy and no foodie.
She didn’t make a fuss, thankfully. I got her from my husband and she started sucking her thumbs. I sent a message to my sister and told her that the baby’s hungry. We spent 20 minutes waiting for my sister while my niece sucks on her thumbs.
When my sister finally arrive, my niece immediately extended her arms and hungrily feed on her mom’s breasts. She forgot about me! Huhu!
But anyway, it was also great that she’s with her mother. I got tired from caring for her even it’s just for 3 hours. My sister said that maybe I’m not ready to have a baby yet. I wouldn’t really say that I’m not ready. It’s just that, my niece is not my baby. It’s hard to care for a little person that’s not yours. I’m not with her everyday so I don’t know how to handle her if she gets cranky. And I don’t have the best weapon for babies- BREASTMILK! I think if I have it, I can do anything!
Today, I don’t have to go home early. Yehey!