18 Responses to Baby Sitting

  1. Allan Dettweiler April 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Hags, thanks for briefing me on what life may be like for me in the not too distant future.
    Our first grandchild is due for me and the former in early June. Rather looking forward to it. Not too bothered at the title of grandpa since I have a lot of younger friends who have been grandparents long ago.
    The title of your story brought back a memory. I remember making a comment to several young women sometime after the birth of our firstborn that I had to babysit that evening because my wife was going out with the girls. Did I ever git shit!
    It seems that fathers don’t babysit. And, in hindsight, I do get that.
    So, I wonder whether grandparents “babysit”?
    Just askin’. I don’t need to incur the wrath of someone who has nothing better to do than analyse every last word I say.

  2. Lary Turner April 20, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I believe, with 10 grandchildren, I have some experience here ….. grandma looked after 6 of the 10 every work day …. if you want to incur the wrath of my wife just tell her she was “babysitting”. She will let you know in no uncertain terms that you don’t “babysit” family!

  3. les April 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Allan you do know better than that as you have kids and will soon find out as we have that grandschildren are even better. You can, when tired actually say we are going home.

    We never used the term babysit cause if you love the children, you more than sit them.
    Even if you hate the little buggers, you have to do more than sit with them.
    Feed, change, educate, play (hockey, soccer, how not to poke my eye with new stick he found and so on), console, change, feed, play,read, change, feed, put to sleep.
    The average corporate executive surely feels lucky walking out of the house into a plush office, flying away from location to location and has to just babysit staff,,,never change them,, unless it is to change them out of the company.

    It’s all good.

  4. hags April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Sorry, I’m allowed to say ‘baby sitting’ since I am both old, eccentric and the far from politically correct.
    Seems to me the title is inaccurate….who gets to sit when watching one’s grandchildren?

  5. Elvis April 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    We have three grandchildren, that we know of, and have spent many hours “sittin” them. We found that music was a great way of playing, relaxing and getting them to settle down for sleep. Words from the tune “Baby Sittin Boogie” as performed by Buzz Clifford come to mind.

    A rockin type a boogie is the kind a song
    That makes this little baby wanna sing along

    He/she isn’t too young to really feel the beat
    They rock back and forth in his little seat
    They clap both their hands and tap their feet

    He/she is a hully gully bouncin baby
    You know the record player is their favorite toy
    And don’t forget they’re eveybodys pride and joy

    They are the hippist of the diaper set
    They stroll in their stroller with the radio on
    and they don’t go to sleep until the musics gone
    And when it’s time to tuck them in their little beds
    With all that music runnin through their sleepy heads
    The little ones doesn’t say goodnight
    Instead, but they say (boog-ooo, boog-ooo, boog-ooo)
    Aaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll gone!

    Elvis & Priscilla, Proud Grandparents

  6. hags April 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Allan, I forgot…congrats and welcome to the club. Before Keenan and Brielle cam along, I seriously had felt that I’d used up all my love and was incapable of loving more intensely…wrong! Those kids took my capacity for love to a new and exciting level.

  7. Mike Cahill April 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Is there anyone here? Hello?

  8. newsfan May 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Not sure Mike. I think this place is toast.

    The Cambridge Advocate, where conspiracy theories abound – along with incessant whining about the last municipal election – now plays host to most of the funny farm. I don’t go there anymore because I get censored too much.

    Last I heard of Hags he was dancing in front of the mirror with a new hairdo and a wedgie.

  9. hags May 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’ve submitted stuff but it doesn’t get in. Seems like silence is better than my attempts to entertain or provoke. Anyway,…fun while it lasted.

  10. Margaret Barr May 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    It appears that since Jimm left here, there has been no one to keep up the site. Too bad. But as Hags said “fun while it lasted”.

  11. Mike Cahill May 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I see.

  12. Allan Dettweiler May 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Well, I’m getting my fix at THE ADVOCATE.
    I also submitted stuff which supposively was not received. Like right.
    However, if someone gets their shit together and gets thing going again, I’ll be back – at least part-time. I won’t forget THE ADVOCATE.

  13. Dixon Parrks May 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Turn out the light, the party is over.

  14. Thomas Vann May 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    This truly is a sad day to see this site buckle. The videos were funny and this site had many a testy post. May it live another day. As was spoken here once, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen”. The Advocate seems to be doing well at this time with Deb as sour as ever. City Hall loves the Advocate. To those that ran this site l do hope your skills come into play again. Final Post.

  15. Robert Ross May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Newsfan, it is only a “conspiracy” until the MSM reports it then it is “fact”.

  16. newsfan May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Well Robert then I suppose it is indeed “fact” since the MSM (Huffington Post) also arrives at similar conclusions and is therefore quoted quite “liberally”.

  17. scot ferguson May 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The reports of the death of the site are greatly exaggerated.
    When we started the site I was laid off and had nothing much to do.
    That isn’t the case these days.
    In the last month I’ve had a daughter who lives by Ottawa resurface who I haven’t talked to in 6 years,found out I have a new grandson, and lost a former stepson in Victoria who died while in police custody, which has made a mess of my son Scotty, who some of you may have met.
    In addition, I have several projects I’m a part of such as Mixing It Up, planning the literary part of the show for The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and working with Dave Hibbs on the musical line-up for the fall fair.
    In addition, the newspaper has piqued the interest of a lot of fledging writers in Cambridge, and working with some of them has taken some time.
    In addition, I was spefically told here by several people that I shouldn’t be commenting on my own site, but it’s not like I would listen anyways.
    You will see more postings again, but most of the contents will reflect what is going into the print version.

  18. newsfan May 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Good to hear from you Scott. I am sorry for the loss of your stepson and pray that Scotty will be comforted.

    Congratulations for the arrival of your baby grandson and re-union with your daughter.


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