The Great Escape

I’m so excited!  Bil and I get to escape go out for an evening BY OURSELVES.  You hear that people?  We are kid free for like a whole 6 hours tonight!

This is something we only manage to do once every couple of months.  With Vista’s issues, it’s very difficult to find sitters who are willing to take on a kid who might seizure, will probably puke all over them, and comes with a list of do’s and don’t’s a mile long due to sensory integration issues.

With all that, the normal teenage babysitters are out (which really sucks because we have an awesome one who lives right next door) and most adults just don’t want to deal with that sort of stuff.

Our neighbors on the other side of us used to watch Vista for us occasionally, but their youngest daughter has cancer now and so there’s no way we could ask them to also watch our little monster.

So right now that leaves my parents.

Which means we only get out once every couple months.

So my question for you guys is:  HALP!!

Oh wait, that’s not a question.

OK, I guess the real question is:  What would you do in this situation?  Do you take a chance with a teenage babysitter?  If not, how do you find someone else to watch a kid like this? Once every three months isn’t cutting it right now and we’re both getting burnt out.

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For those of you wondering where we’re going tonight… We’re doing what any self respecting geek couple would do on their one night out every three months.  We’re going to see Evil Dead: The Musical.

Oh yeah, baby.  Blood, guts, gore, and demons.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  We’re so romantic

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9 Responses to The Great Escape

  • pgoodness says:

    Have a honest conversation with your teenage neighbor AND her parents. If she’s comfortable (and her parents are within such a close distance) I say give it a try! I’d make the first outing somewhat short and reachable – maybe just dinner nearby – just in case, and go from there. You’ll never know unless you try it!
    .-= pgoodness´s last blog ..Ookie-akey-pie =-.

    Jenn Reply:

    I actually have talked to the mom and she’s all for her daughter coming over to babysit, especially because she’s right next door if anything does go wrong.
    Chalk it up to being an overprotective mom.
    Maybe I’ll take your advice and start off small and close (perhaps even bring her in as a mom’s helper one day for a few hours while I’m home so I can see how Vista does with her).
    But your absolutely right. We will never know until we try.

  • RJ Flamingo says:

    I’m new to you and don’t know where you are, but down here, a couple of the hospitals give babysitter courses, primarily for teenagers. That way, you can be sure that the babysitter knows exactly how to handle various situations, including emergencies, etc. You might ask your local hospital if they do that and have a list of “certified” babysitters, or offer your teenaged neighbor the opportunity to take the course, on you. pgoodness’ suggestion is good, too.

    Thanks for the Tweet!
    .-= RJ Flamingo´s last blog ..Crimes Against Fashion =-.

    Jenn Reply:

    That’s a great idea. I never thought of checking with the hospital. Thanks!!

  • Crystal says:

    I agree. Talk to teenager and her parents. Maybe even get teenager into a quick n dirty st. johns’ first aid course. And try to stick in town so you’re close at first.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m of no use, because we’ve never managed to find babysitters for our kids that weren’t family.

    I just needed to say – Evil Dead: the Musical sounds AWESOME! Going to have to check it out.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Being a bad parent is a good thing? Sweet. =-.

  • First off – I’m SUPER jealous of what you have planned for tonight. You AND Nic are killing me! =P

    I would probably take a chance w/ a teenage babysitter who has experience. As long as she knows what she might be in for, she shouldn’t freak out if something DOES happen. While a first aid class would be ideal, that doesn’t help you ATM.

    If something bad were to happen (god forbid) she can always call for help.

    Have fun!

    (btw I’d totally watch V for you ANY day, so just move here. kthx)
    .-= @heartmychloe´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  • You two are bigger nerds than I thought. LOL

    I think you cold try the teenager IF you’re comfortable. It’s all about your comfort level, right?

    We haven’t done it because Mike’s a paranoid freak and we can’t go anywhere unless my parents are watching the kids and even that bothers him. LOL
    .-= sam {temptingmama}´s last blog ..Relocating! ZOMG!!1! =-.

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