a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, March 30, 2017

not on my watch

When I am watching the wee one, like anyone responsible for watching babies, toddlers, preschoolers, etc., you don't want anything to happen when you are at the helm, so to speak. So I watch him like a hawk. If I can see him I won't follow him around, but if he is exploring from room to room I'm right behind him. If I don't hear him, there's that old adage that they are usually getting into trouble or doing something they shouldn't and its the proven case with him 10/10 times (usually touching something he knows he's not supposed to touch). I call that our sinful nature :) 

Another thing I'm diligent about when its my watch. Its keeping these together in a pair. They are soooo darn small. They get lost easily with the other clothes in the load.  I'm always grateful when we match up 1:1.  The other day I was one sock missing.  I said "not on my watch."  It took an additional load of clothes, but things balanced out and order was restored to the universe (and the sock drawer).




And the best not on my watch.  This went in the other day. It does go all away around the pool; just couldn't get a good picture of it.  The lock is such that when it is locked using the key it is virtually unopenable.  Now that the wee one is mobile, it was a necessity. Though there are several doors with more than adequate locks on them to prevent his getting to the pool area, one can never be too safe with young children around the draw of water.  Our intent is for him to learn to swim this season.




I do realize no matter how much we baby proof the house, keep the safety gates up, put plastic things over the electrical sockets, plastic guards on the drawers, etc., an accident will happen.

It just better not be on my watch.

(I'm leaving this link here for all who might want to read this who are believers and who are concerned about what is going on with our country, the new administration, etc., as well as anyone that might want to read it. I know Meg's heart and it is one of being concerned for America and for its outcome in the days ahead. I know lots of thinking and praying by her have gone on not only now but in the months, weeks, days before the election. Its worth a read and worth a prayer if one is inclined to do so. America won't be great again because of a leader in office, but because those who believe, humble themselves, pray, seek God, repent and then God will heal our land).

43 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

This reminds of the first time my sister left me with her infant. I probably checked that kid every ten minutes to make sure she was breathing. Kids are pretty sturdy, but bad things can happen if you're not diligent.

Good for you for wanting to teach your little one to swim. I hope he takes to water right away.

TARYTERRE said...

That fence around the pool looks like a wise investment to me. I wish you well watching the wee one.

Bijoux said...

I've never had the missing sock issue that so many people report. What we seem to lose are dryer balls (prevent static electricity).

Ann Bennett said...

When they are so small, they are fast. So I know he is keeping you on your toes. I agree the fence is a good investment. Caution is good. Socks are tricky. I've got a lot waiting for their mates at my house.

Veronica Lee said...

I always have the missing sock issue. Wonder where they go?

The fence is a fantastic idea, Betty.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a joy you have to watch your grandchild and sounds like you are doing a great job of it. With all safeguards in place, enjoy the time you have together, they grow so fast and are only little such a short while. Those socks have always been a problem for me. Not only the babies, but mine too. Always looking for a mate or two here.

jack69 said...

I know with all the safeguards and helps, that kid is as safe with you as in a 'grandmother's arms' Oh wait, THAT IS YOU! ;-) And Yes the country is in a turmoil, Who knew the Tolerant of our country were so Intolerant???.

Liz A. said...

A fence around a pool is vital when there are little ones around. Glad you're vigilant.

Birgit said...

When my brother was little, my mom asked my dad to watch over him (big mistake). When she came home, there was my brother walking all over the records that he had taken out from their sleeves and making a nice patch for him to walk on. My dad was right at the table reading the paper. When my mom asked why he didn't look, my dad simply said he was quiet so thought all was good.

Intense Guy said...

I hope he is a natural born swimmer! He is going to love that pool!

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah, watching like a hawk is sure the way to be. Nothing on your watch. My ocd would want the socks 1 for 1 too lol

Debby said...

Wow, a view of that beautiful saguaro cactus! That is "so Arizona!" isn't it?

The pool sure helps, too I bet! Yes, BEST to get the little one swimming lessons.

Mevely317 said...

So glad y'all had this done ... I know that's a big load off your shoulders (and your heart!). Oh, to have the energy and ELUSIVENESS of a toddler again!

How lucky you are to see that magnificent Saguaro every day!

I'm looking forward to reading Meg's article this evening. I used to see her posts during last year's A-Z Challenge, then I 'lost' her link. Thanks for sharing it!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

They are so curious at that age. And so fast. You really get your exercise! And what a great idea to teach him to swim very early. In addition to learning a wonderful skill, it's also very important for safety.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you for sharing the post on Donald Trump. So happy you got the fencing around the pool. I also hope your have a nice weekend. Debby

Saleslady371 said...

Hi, Betty!

I think you are one fantastic grandma. The wee one is lucky to have you in his life. That gate would give me piece of mind also. I look forward to reading and praying for our country. Thank you for sharing!

Big Mark 243 said...

...I totally get your "not on my watch" sentiment... that is my first and only priority when I am taking care of children...

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I will never understand how socks come up missing. Sometimes they reappear, but usually not, at least at my house! (and I KNOW they both went in the washer, but not both come out of the dryer!)

I'm glad you got the fence up around the pool. That will give you some peace of mind. It's never too early to teach them to swim...I never did learn! I've seen the videos of babies swimming and wish my mom hadn't "protected" me from the water quite so much on her watch. lol

Thank you for sharing my prayer request. It's so important!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Can tell you are a good granny. Bug is seventeen and her socks still seem small to me and I still call them baby socks! You are right about repentance and prayer being the most important road to a strong America.

baili said...

when my kids start crawling it was most tense and running time of my life ,i chased them [long with doing house chores] and never pulled them back until they were in danger.
loved your pool .fence is very nice and must done job in house where single lady do all by herself and got baby to look after.
best wishes for your land my dear friend,test come to check our patience and bring best out of us .

Joanne said...

Stay vigilant. It is amazing how fast kids can move or how far they stretch on tippy toes. We installed a lock way up high on the door to patio and pool.
Socks are another story....
Good post

Wendy said...

My daughter and son-in-law just had a fence installed around their pool a couple weeks ago. They will also put alarms on the doors. Pools are wonderful and scary at the same time.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I've never watched babies, but I did watch our neighbor's kids once. They're all really good kids, but I was so happy when their parents came home and my watch ended. There's just so much that can happen!

I think you made a good call on putting the fence around the pool. It's an extra layer of protection. Things happen so quickly, it always seems like a good idea to have another layer in place.

Good for you for keeping the socks in order! You don't want to see my bin of misplaced socks at the moment.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm reading with interest. I volunteered to watch my new granddaughter starting in May. It's been so long since my house was child-proved, I don't know where to start.

Jimmy said...

oh yes the old sock issue is only made worse when the socks are smaller, isn't it funny how they go into the hamper together but come out of the dryer in two different loads.

We always had the most safe house when it came to our kids and the ones Cindy babysat, but no matter how much preparation we went through I swear the kids were one step ahead finding a way around the things put into place to keep them safe.

Now that we are Grandparents I am with you on the Not on my watch statement, but if the grandson takes after his daddy it will happen on mine for sure ha ha

Jo said...

My husband taught his kids to swim at a very early age apparently (before I was on the scene) He had a theory that they are swimming in the womb and so it comes naturally to them at a very early age. Seems to work.

Elizabeth said...

I love that verse your referring to at the end, my pastor has been using 2 Chron. 7:14 a lot lately. I'll have to go look at that post.

I'm the same way when I'm babysitting. I watch the toddlers like a hawk, because they can get into trouble very quickly. In Arizona, my family had a fence around our pool and I took swimming lessons when I was around a year old.

DMS said...

I think you are doing a great job trying to keep the wee one safe. It is impossible to prevent all accidents from happening, but we can certainly be vigilant to keep any problems at bay. Keeping an eye on him and following him from room to room is so important. Things can happen so fast. The pool safety is so important! I agree that swimming lessons are key! It is amazing how tiny baby and toddler socks are. Good for you for keeping them straight. What a kind and hardworking grandma. :)
~Jess

Nick Wilford said...

I do the laundry in our house and we always seem to have a lot of odd socks. You would hate it!

Victoria Zigler said...

It sounds like you're doing everything you possibly can to at least reduce the chance of accidents. I'm sure that helps you be able to relax and enjoy your time with him.

SweetMarie said...

nice pool! didn't realize you had one. I would love to have a pool in my backyard, great exercise. your grandchildren will surely enjoy it.
I remember the days of gates and safety concerns during my son's childhood. luckily for me he wasn't a climber or an electrical outlet kid. :) he did learn to swim quickly without lessons so then we signed him up for a swimming survival class...swimming with clothes and shoes on, floating etc...well worth it.
when you say "not on my watch" it reminds me of a commercial for home security. lol
I did visit your friend's blog.
hugs,
Marie

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The gnomes are stealing your socks! Anyway it's great you keep a sharp eye on your adventurous little grandchild. God bless.

Paula Kaye said...

We are always coming up a sock short at our house. And they are NEVER my socks but Harley's. They usually turn up in a week or so. I'm glad you fenced in the pool! No one needs to have that worry on their watch.

Nasreen said...

Yes, as amazing it is to watch the little ones, its scary too.

Linda said...

Add Band-Aids,ice pack and kisses and you're all set! Enjoy your spring. Praying for our leaders.

Blue Grumpster said...

One can never be too safe. So true.

Aneta said...

Sounds like you are being very vigilant on behalf of your grandson..way to go! It's such a big responsibility! We're a few weeks away from welcoming my first grandchild. My home is definitely NOT child proof - it's been years since I had a little one around. I like the idea of an alarm by the pool door (one of your commenters mentioned that). I'm definitely going get that done by the time the baby is crawling!
Are you swimming in the pool already this Spring? How nice! Ours is still icy cold and has the winter cover on it. Still too cold to think about pool parties!

Lux G. said...

Amen to that. It is the people's power actually that will make the country great.

Kat said...

I am similar with my own kids and it is exhausting. Well, it was more so when they were tiny. It is one of the reasons that their grandparents are the only people we have ever had babysit them.

When we first moved into this house it had an inground pool. I had 4 kids under six. We filled the pool in (it would have needed extensive repairs anyway) because I just couldn't stand the nightmare of a possibility of something happening. That fence is definitely a great idea.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Smart to put up a fence. Kids can drown in a heartbeat.

Ruth said...

Little ones are goers, that is for sure.

yaya said...

I was always super diligent when I was babysitting our Grandkiddos when they were little. More than I was with my own kids! Our youngest Grands are both 8 and now it's not so scary! The pool fence is a smart choice...an only choice when it comes to doing everything possible to keep smart littles from finding a way to the water. I read the article you linked. I so agree that prayer is the main way to help our leaders. The last time I feel prayer was nation wide was 9/11...does that have to happen again for us to turn to the Lord for help? I fervently pray it doesn't. Hope your Easter was a good one!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

What a wonderful gram you are!!! And I dearly love your pool! Thanks for sharing the post about our president. I shared it on my Facebook. Great post!!