Saturday, April 29, 2006

Babysitting: A full-contact sport?

I'm blogging "on location" this evening from my sister's house. Tonight I'm "babysitting" my nieces and nephew. All the usual stuff happened tonight - dinner, computer games, hide-and-seek...

Something has struck me as rather odd, however. I didn't fully realize that babysitting was a full-contact sport!

So I looked it up just to be sure.

v. ba·by-·sat, (-st) ba·by-·sit·ting, ba·by-·sits
v. intr.
1. To take care of a child or children in the absence of a parent or guardian.
2. To take care of or watch over someone or something needing attention or guidance.

I can't argue with definition 1. That's what I'm here to do.

Definition 2, however, I would revamp to read:

2. To take care of or watch over one's self or something requiring mouth guard or other such facial protection.

I would also add a third definition to read:

3. A full-contact sport requiring quick reflexes.
What happened, you ask?

Quite simply, J., the youngest did me in. While changing her into PJs, she took it upon herself to leap up in a frenzie of excitedness.

"Yayh! Story time!"

Up went her head, straight onto my lower lip.
My lower lip then made contact with my bottom teeth.
The result: leaky red stuff.

So, as I sit here nursing my battle wound - probably soon-to-be battle scar, I'm left wondering if the folks at need a little update.

Maybe I should have taken that babysitting course...
Then again, a self-defense class might have sufficed!


Sarah Elaine said...

Oh dear! So sorry to hear about this...

Granny said...

It goes with the territory, I'm afraid. I don't know how many times I've been bonked by a very hard head.


ipodmomma said...

poor you!!!

hope the rest of the evening went well... :)))

megz_mum said...

Good for you for being a babysitting uncle! Shame about the lip - must say this also happens to parents, not just babysitters!

Mary said...

Well, at least you have a story you can tell her when she's older to make her feel guilty! =0)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope to "see" you again.

Mel said...

Ouch! That's happened to me more than once. A hazard of the job!

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