9.21.2007

There's A First Time For Everything

Tonight was our first night to leave Connor with a baby-sitter he didn't know. He is 20 mths old and up to this point we have had the luxury of leaving him with aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas he knows and loves. I've been dying to get out of the house with Byron lately (a.k.a. a date) and as Connor was throwing up all of his breakfast Tues morning (a byproduct of teething for us) I think Byron could see a look of desperation cross my face. He said, "How would you like to go on a date this Friday? I'll set it up and find a baby-sitter." I was thrilled at this but also a little nervous about leaving my little guy. A wonderful, sweet girl that Byron goes to school with has been offering to baby-sit so we took her up. She came over tonight and Connor was thrilled to show off his room, his toys, all his "tricks". I'd been trying to prepare him for a visitor all day and it seemed like things were going well. The time came for departure and because I read somewhere that it's not a good thing to sneak out on your kid, a knelt down and told Connor we were leaving and that he was going to stay and have a great time with Amy and that we'd come back home and see him in the morning. Well, as recognition dawned that we were leaving without him, a slight panic crossed his face. We left with our trusty sitter holding crying Connor consoling ourselves that this was a good step for all of us. "There's got to be a first time for everything right?" we kept saying, putting on our brave faces. I'm convinced things would have been OK if our Cavalier hadn't jolted and threatened to break down on us while we were stopped on a hill at a stoplight. We were still close to home, so we decided to turn around and use our other care for the night and worry about the Cavalier another day (we were determined not to let anything get in the way of our rare date night!) My heart sank as we pulled into our parking lot to find Connor and Amy walking around. Connor was thrilled to see us; "They came back! I knew they would!" I could almost see it on his face. He had been crying, it was plain to see that, and he eagerly stretched his arms out for us to hold him. I took him and he looked at my face a few seconds, "Yep, still you" and then started playing with my necklace. I said, "Hi! We love you, see we came back. Now it's time for us to go again." His face lit up and he started reaching for the car. He thought we had come back for him and it was the three of us as usual going out for some fun. I almost called off the whole night right there and said, "Let's go to McDonald's" but I bit my lip and gave him to Amy (he was in hysterics by now) and got back in the car and drove away. I wish this was our first time making a mistake as parents, but we've worn that path well by now, bummer. We kept on saying, "We shouldn't have gone back. But we had to. We should have taken the Lumina first. But who knew?" We determined this may be our first time with our new baby-sitter and our last. We don't know if after the sabatoge she'll want to come to our home again. We tried not to worry and to enjoy our dinner. I really really loved Byron when he took his cell phone out of his pocket and set it on the table so we could know for sure when it rang. We came home to find a sleeping Connor but to also hear that after we had left, he had been inconsolable. He sat down in the grass and cried. He refused to be held, to be comforted. They came inside and he laid down by myself on a pillow with his blankie and sucked him thumb. He mentioned "Daddy" and "Mom" and continued sucking that trusty thumb. I checked on him and he's asleep. He looks so peaceful. I feel so bad for leaving and think I'll give him ice cream for breakfast. He deserves it, don't you think?:)

6 comments:

Peterson's said...

Bless his heart! He's always welcome at our home when you guys go out on your next date night. I'm sure your babysitter did a wonderful job, but maybe the chaos of our house will distract his thoughts a little more -- hey, it's worth a try!

Blackner Family said...

I so feel your pain!! I have so been in that do we just call off the night situation, but dates really are the best..even if I spend half the night silently praying that everything is ok!!

Kristi said...

Thanks guys!

2 + 2 = 4 said...

Yahooo! I see your blog! Coool!

I am sorry about this! I think that the first time is harder. The girls blow kisses now every time we go! They are far too independent by now, but I have been in your shoes before!

Keepin' up with the Jones' said...

bless his heart. it's always nice once you do make it out of the house though, but it's that first step that's the hardest. the first time we left tyson, he was already in bed, but i made brent keep my cell phone and his in his pockets so he could feel them vibrating!! hope you get another date night soon.

laura said...

You're a very brave mommy! I'm proud of you for leaving. It's so hard. Our 2 and a half year old, who has been left with babysitters countless times, and has an older sister to comfort her while we're gone, has cried hysterically the last 2 times we've left her with a sitter (in the past 2 weeks). Unfortunately, it doesn't get any easier...but it's so good for you to get out once in a while. I agree--he needs ice cream for breakfast! :)