We found a sitter.
Holy smokes! We found a sitter!!
Where? Craigslist. I know. I know. I thought the same thing, too, but I was kinda desperate and our other efforts were leaving us fairly empty-handed.
I posted an ad Monday night. We’d just met another potential sitter – the only one at that point – and I just didn’t think there was any way it would work out. a) She doesn’t like dogs. We have two, so they would have to stay with Rick in the bedroom. b) She has an 8 year old and 1 month old that would have to come with her. I didn’t think that would be a big issue until I saw it in action. Our house was complete chaos for the 30 minutes she was there. The 8yr old was adding to the silliness of our boys and the baby would have been a complete distraction had Rick not been helping. And c) She doesn’t have a phone…and she’s staying with her mom while she and her baby’s father work on things. (What if they made up and she moved back in? She has no car and wouldn’t be able to continue working for us!) Just too many red flags for me.
So… I posted the ad.
I mentioned we needed someone energetic and patient and mentioned one of our sons is autistic and has adhd. I posted the pay rate (which boils down to roughly $7/hr). I know it’s cheap, but it’s just 4.5hrs/day and 4 days/week… no meals need to be served or anything. Just give them a snack around 3pm and keep them from burning the dang house down.
About an hour after I posted my ad, an ad went up from a sitter looking for work. She listed the same area we live in and put that she has experience with ADHD children. Her number, however, was an out of state number. I thought (in my paranoid brain) this had to be some kind of lure. I didn’t answer the ad.
Another hour passed, and I received an email – from the same girl who had posted the ad after mine! She gave me her number and attached a picture. I still thought this had to be some kind of a joke, but maybe not…?
We exchanged a few emails – she’s relatively new in town. 17 and graduated from high school early. She lives very close by and her younger brother – who is Colin’s age – has ADHD. I decided to throw caution to the wind and have her come over.
She showed up and she’s REAL!
We talked about what’s expected. She loves dogs – her family has 2 of their own. We joked about how we were a little scared of this whole CL deal – she was, too! She was great with the boys.
After talking, we asked when she could start. She said any day was fine. Then she confessed that she’d had another interview earlier that day. “I’m totally picking you over them, though, I just want you to know that!” She said not only was that job a little out of her comfort zone – they had a baby, a toddler and a 9 year old and wanted her to work about twice as many hours – but our family reminded her of her own.
Wait, what? Did she just say that?
I guess maybe we’re a little more “normal” than we thought we were. 🙂
She starts today – a little trial run before she has 4 full days in a row! She arrived 10 minutes early and ready to go. I’m holding my breath, hoping the day goes well.
Mostly, though, I’m just incredibly relieved.