I'm baby-sitting tonight.
This is probably totally unremarkable to some of you. But I almost never babysit.
The story is that a coworker's wife who became a member of my book club has two little guys and after we'd gotten to know each other a bit, she asked me stay over (after the baby was in bed) for a date night or two over the last year. So I basically fed and put to bed a 3 year old, then watched tv. That's not really baby sitting.
But she referred me to a new co-worker who needed a sitter, since she knew E is still gone and I'm lame and didn't have any plans. And now I'm watching a 9-month-old for five hours tonight.
It can't be that bad and I'm not clueless - I'm actually confident in my diaper changing and bottle-warming abilities - but I haven't really babysat in a long time...and I feel like this is some kind of preparedness test for having my own children.
I even called my little sister to ask for advice because she has done approximately 452349 times more babysitting than I have and still nannies regularly. She basically told me to chill out and play toys with him.
Mommies of 9-month-olds (or former 9-month-olds) - anything else to add?
ps. On a baby note -- one of my good friends, A, is 30 weeks pregnant and last night while watching the new Harry Potter movie she grabbed my hand and placed it on her belly to feel her little girl kick. What a crazy feeling! Life is pretty amazing.