So, coming up in exactly 20 days (so far yet so close) I will begin babysitting my niece for 6 days. I'm taking time off work and everything, so it's a 24 hours a day shindig! I'm freaking out!
Jordan is 2 now and talking more than ever. She can't say every word perfectly yet, but boy does she try! My brother and Brooke encourage her to "use your words, Jordan" rather than allowing her to point; probably a good thing.
In trying to prepare for the 6 days, of what I'm hoping will be full of joy but realistically know will be hell, I've been doing little babysitting stints. A couple hours here, a few hours there... I think I mentioned that a few blogs ago. It gives Jordan the chance to get comfortable with me and it gives me the chance to get comfortable with her. Overall it's a good thing, even though it's exhausting, especially after a day of working my actual job.
She is a doll... full of energy.. but adorable. I finally figured out last night one thing she kept saying to me: "Hamma? Hamma, Auntie? Pees" (Pees is Please) I hadn't been able to figure it out, but last night she added "backpack" to the "Hamma" and I figure out she was trying to say "Camera". Do you think it's good or bad that my niece associates me with my "Hamma"?
The one thing that sucks about being over there and having my camera out is the lighting... there is not a lot of natural light, so I get blurry pictures. If I use my flash I get washed out pictures, assuming I can get a shot off before Jordan reaches out to push the flash back down. She's done that since I got my camera, every time my flash pops up, she gets a huge grin on her face and pushes it back down; she's a good helper :)
Jordan's "CHEESE" face (8/15/09):
... and cuddling with Auntie (excuse the extra chins, I didn't know my camera had an optical illusion button):
Here's to finding optimism in 6 days of babysitting a 2 year old....