Last time we were there, we played in the backyard. My husband was monkey-ing around and she was loving it!
Friday morning, my husband got a text from his sister asking if we could babysit for her while she had coffee with a friend. She has a spunky 6 year old and an adorable 9 month old. We couldn't bring them with us to babysit the two year old because she has a pretty early bedtime, but we didn't want to say no to his sister because we're afraid she'll never ask us again. My husband offered to watch the girls by himself, but he was convinced she would say no if I wasn't going to be there. Well, she said yes! While I was babysitting at someone else's house, he babysat two girls - 9 mos and 6yrs - on his own!
Gwen had a great time chasing the dogs around and watching Discovery Kids. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about him being on his own with the girls AND our two crazy dogs. They love kids, but babies are new to them, so we're always a bit concerned with how they'll act around the little ones.
The dogs were great with her. They were curious and wanted to play, but according to my husband, they listened well and kept guard over her while she slept.
At one point, my husband texted me asking how much baby food to feed her. I told him she would probably let him know when she was done, so just give her as much as she wants.
Open wide! Later I asked if my advice worked and he said it did. She started fussing just a little bit when she had had enough.
Overall, the night was a success! He said it was fun, but also a little difficult. His biggest complaint? How do you do anything while holding a baby? He was trying to put a blanket down outside so she could crawl around and found it hard to hold her, keep the dogs at bay, and arrange a blanket. Practice makes perfect, so I'm glad he had this experience to help him feel more confident once we have our own babies.