The child in question - Matys - is 6 months old, and therefore requires a good deal of attention to keep him occupied and happy. His mother, Sandrine and my wife Christelle headed off to a zumba class for an hour or so of exercising fun, leaving me in charge of little Matys and Lydia.
Normally I would have panicked in this situation and probably been a bit useless. Fortunately for me, Matys is a very calm baby. He was born a couple of weeks before Lydia and has always been surprisingly calm and easy going, which is a stark contrast to our little Ms. Curious. He makes Lydia look hyperactive in comparison.
Matys being generally calm meant that I wasn't too worried about looking after both him and Lydia at the same time. I thought that whenever Lydia got frustrated I could quickly sooth her or play with her, knowing that Matys could lay quietly by himself for a few seconds.
As Christelle is good friends with Sandrine (they experienced pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood at the same time), Matys and Lydia are no strangers. Now that they are both at an age where they really start to understand what is going on around them, they have begun to notice each other's presence much more than before.
|I wanna hold your hand|
|What did Matys say to Lydia?|
Some Stereophonics, Beatles and Jack Johnson ditties were on the play list, which even included Guns N Roses at one point. The kids seemed to like it, and calmly listened to my crooning until their mums came back and Matys went back home.
In the end, although it was occasionally a bit of an effort to keep both babies entertained (and not crying), I think I came through it ok. It's probably a good thing to get a bit of practise at babysitting in now before the kids get older, as I imagine running around after toddlers will be a much tougher job.
PS - apologies for the shoddy quality of the photos in this article. We have energy saving lightbulbs in our living room and when you combine that with an iPhone camera the results are less than spectacular.