Wanted to write about something that's been on my mind lately. I have a 6 week old daughter, and my husband and I have concert tickets for October and Novemeber. We also have a wedding to go to in November. We've already asked my parents to babysit for our concerts, so that leaves us needing a babysitter for the wedding. My parents would be happy to watch her, which is cool because I have complete trust in them. With them, it's a package deal, both my mom and dad would be watching her, both of whom pay full attention to our baby the entire time they're with her.
But, the topic comes up about my husband's mom. If she doesn't get asked to babysit once in a while and realizes we always ask my parents to do it, she's going to get upset and start confronting us about it. The reason I'm not wanting her to watch our daughter is because of things I've witnessed her do with her grandsons. Twice while watching her grandson, he fell into her pool (he is only 3 years old). Another time she was watching her autistic nephew, who couldn't swim, and he too fell in the pool. Once I went over to visit, and her not even 2 year old grandson was playing in the living room by HIMSELF, with Hot Wheels cars (yeah, the ones that could be major choking hazards) while she was in her bedroom doing God knows what.
The other day she came over to visit and was holding our daughter in her lap. I looked over and realized our baby was halfway out of her lap, very close to falling off the couch. And later, I looked over to see my baby's face pushed into one of our throw pillows.
So needless to say, I'm very hesitant to leave our baby with her. What would you guys do? It's hard to explain to her why we feel that way because in her eyes, she's raised 2 children, watches her grandsons everyday while their parents work, and was a preschool teacher for a very long time...she would never understand our reasoning.