Saturday, May 19, 2012


Tonight it was our turn to babysit for our little babysitting group.  There are 4 families and we each take a turn babysitting once a month.  All of the other weeks we get to go out on dates, which is great.

So tonight it was our turn to babysit again.  We decided we'd keep the kids occupied and contained by going on a walk, but the plan kind of backfired since more of the kids were coming than I was aware of.  We have a double stroller and we had borrowed our friends' double stroller and then we had Olivia just walk along side us  holding onto the little handle things on the side of our double stroller.  It worked for about... three minutes.  Then it was a total fail.

But during the short amount of time that we were out on our walk, we passed an old man sitting out on his front porch.  When he caught sight of us he stared and yelled out, "Are all of those yours?"  We told him, no, we were just babysitting, only one was ours.  He seemed to be pretty relieved for us and then yelled something else, but I don't really know what he said.

This experience made me think two things.

1. If we really did have quintuplets--how rude.  I would get so sick of people staring and asking stupid questions like, "Are they all yours?"

2. I'm with the old man; I'm relieved we don't have quintuplets too.

P.S. I'm getting sick of people asking me if I'm pregnant.  Not because I feel extra sensitive after having a miscarriage (because I don't feel extra sensitive about it).  But just because I feel like it's a totally inappropriate question to ask someone.  (And, for the record, that's how I felt about asking people if they're pregnant before I had a miscarriage.)  The end.

P.P.S. We checked out a Curious George DVD for Olivia from the library the other day and one of the episodes was about a birthday party for quintuplets and their names were (if I remember correctly) Flint, Clint, Sprint, Mint... and one I can't remember right now.  Anyway, probably if we did have quintuplets, I'd probably go with some sweet names like that.  Just sayin'.

P.P.P.S. Sorry if I left you all thinking I was blah for the past few days.  We've been fine here, just busy with  parties and friends and trips to the zoo.


Kathy Haynie said...

I kinda wished you told the old man "yes." Just to see his face. :)

Good for you for having so much fun with Lala and friends!

Lisa Lou said...

Seriously?? People ask you if you are pregnant? Altough I did ask a girl once how she was feeling with morning sickness... she wasn't pregnant. But I swear I heard her say she was 12 weeks along. Turns out it wasn't her. But I can't believe people are that nosy to just up and ask you if you are pregnant.

Tiffany said...

I totally agree with you on the asking someone if they're pregnant question. Once upon a time I had a co-worker tell me that pregnancy turns people into liars, because you ask them if they're pregnant and they say no b/c they're not ready to tell anyone. But really, if people were just more appropriate with their questioning, then no one would have to lie if they really were pregnant, because they would have told you already. I am hesitant to even ask people who are definitely like 9 months pregnant if they're pregnant...because you just never know. And maybe they don't want to talk about it... (And sometimes, even when someone is that far along, there are still problems/complications that they're aware of and they don't feel like talking to the world about their pregnancy.)

I guess people just want to share in your joy when you're pregnant...but I think as a whole, people tend to forget all about personal-space and privacy when pregnancy comes into play...

Sorry your walk didn't work out. It seemed like such a great idea in theory.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Hahaha...I'm happy for your that you don't have quintuplets too.

And I agree about the pregnant question. I never ask people...unless I've already heard they're pregnant in which case it's usually more like, "Congrats! When are you due?" I had a nice lady at church ask me when I was due...2 weeks after I'd had Anson. :) Eric was holding him.

Kristie said...

I have watched that episode of Curious George. Isn't it so funny?
Good luck this week. Hope you have lots of fun! (I plan to, just not sure what I am going to do yet. :))

Janelle said...

When our 4th one was a baby, I watched the baby of a friend of mine, who was the same age as ours, several days a week. People asked me ALL the time if they were twins - then, they'd look all shocked if I said no. Really? Then why did you ask?

Now that we're expecting #6, people have actually had the nerve to ask, "Did you intend to get pregnant again?" or the ever popular, "Do you know what causes that?" Grrr. Because other people's reproductive choices are your business? Grrr, again.

I guess people just don't have tact a lot of the time. Hopefully, you had fun for at least some of the time with all the extra little people.

Sarah said...

P.S. Haha ;-)