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Kids Club

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014; One Year, One Hundred and Forty Eight Days Old.

Our nights out for dinner have changed.

Instead of looking for fancy restraunts with a certain sort of atmosphere, good food and cosy little nooks to relax in and chat, we now look for food outlets that are within 10km radius and provide kids club facilities.

We went out for dinner tonight for Hubby’s birthday that’s tomorrow, and we found ourselves at the local sports club.

We promptly tracked down the kids club and claimed a table right by the window, before ordering overpriced and undercooked meals that took far to long to arrive.

However, none of that mattered. As Hubby and I sat beside an empty high chair, we peered in through the window and watched our little girl play.

Ayla tried her best at making friends but the other children in the club were older, glued to the TV screen and the computer games so Ayla turned her attention to drawing on the blackboard walls with chalk.

As Ayla toddled about the kids club Hubby and I had plenty of time to chat, but instead we watched in awe at the gorgeous, smart little human we created and we decided that sports clubs with kids clubs might just be our kinda thing after all.

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Winners!

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Saturday, 15 March 2014: Three Hundred and Forty Eight Days Old.

Our house is full of winners today!!

Hubby won his charity boxing fight, our babysitter won our trust and Baby Ayla won yet another gold star from her Mum and Dad.

It was fantastic to have a stress- free adult night out with our friends, even though it didn’t quite start out like that!

The babysitter turned up 5 mins early and we took her through Ayla’s dinner, her bedtime routine and most importantly, how to use the TV.

We all moved out the front to wait for a taxi we’d booked the day before but it never came.

As the clocked ticked closer and closer to the event starting time and Hubby got more and more anxious, we made nearly ten calls to the company who kept sending us new taxis, to no avail.

After half an hour of waiting we asked the babysitter to drive us and within seconds we were all bundled into my little hatch heading to the fight.

We arrived and jumped out of the car, gave Ayla a kiss and told her to be good then waved as the babysitter drove off in my car with our baby in the back!

I figured if I could do that then I had nothing much else to worry about for the night, and I was right!!

The babysitter text as soon she got back to our house, and then again when Ayla went to sleep around 8pm, just like normal.

Knowing that Ayla was safe at home, tucked up in bed, meant I was free to cheer Hubby on til I was hoarse!

We came home around 11.30pm and Ayla had just woken up. We found her cuddling into the babysitter on the couch, which meant we got to give her proper goodnight kisses and cuddles.

It was a great night.

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The babysitter

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Thursday, 13 March 2014: Three Hundred and Forty Six Days Old.

We met and decided on Ayla’s “official” baby sitter today.

Until now Ayla’s only ever been babysat three times, by friends and never at our house.

But this Saturday night Hubby is competing in a charity boxing event that Ayla can’t attend so it’ll be our first time leaving her at home with a near-stranger!

I spent the last couple of weeks talking to and researching all kids of sitters, from clubs to students, and had settled on a girl who was recommended by a friend of a friend who works in child protection.

But the day before yesterday our sitter cancelled and suggested I try a girl she knows in Year 12, but it just didn’t feel right and I wasn’t sure.

Then in a stroke of good luck my neighbour text me a photo of a flyer she’d found at the local shops for a nanny/babysitter with a long list of qualifications.

I called her up – Lori’s her name – and I explained we were first-timers and a little nervous.

Lori seemed lovely and she seemed to understand our concerns, so offered to come over to introduce herself and put our minds at ease.

So that’s what happened this afternoon and at ease we are.

Ayla and Lori got along great and Hubby and I clicked with her straight away.

It’s exciting to know that I’m now set for a fun night out on Saturday and hopefully I won’t worry too much about my baby girl… Goodness knows I’ll be worried enough about Hubby!

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