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They day you agreed to babysit your neighbor's child
 
I have a neighbor, Mrs Lim. She is a career woman -- pretty, smart-looking but constantly wearing a harassed look. This is because she has a baby to look after. Her husband is constantly overseas. She had a succession of maids, but none of them stayed for long.

One day she called for me. "Nina", she smiled in her sweetest manner. "Can you do me a favor? Please look after my baby. My maid has just left. I need to go to town to meet my boss."

How could I reject a request couched in such a sweet cajoling manner? I agreed to try looking after Jeremy until her return. Anyway, I was on school holiday. I always had a fondness for babies. I used to play with baby dolls when I was young. Now, I would have a real, live one! It would be cute and fun. Mrs Lim gave me some instructions on feeding the baby and burping him. Then she left in a hurry. I was now the guardian of a little plump baby.

Jeremy, the "cutie", however turned out to be a pesky "monster". His wails were heard upstairs shortly after his mother left. The persistent cries summoned me up. I tried my best to cradle him comfortably but his wails did not cease. Thinking that he needed a change of environment, I walked around the house and even ventured into the garden. However, it was to no avail. Mrs Bala, my neighbor to the left, saw me and gave me some disapproving stares. Finally, she blurted out, "The baby might be hungry, you know?"

"Food! Why didn't I think of that?" I thought. Putting Jeremy in his cot, I mixed some milk powder with hot water and eagerly gave the little one his bottle. However, the baby took a few hungry sips before he rejected it and started wailing again. At my wits' end, I called his mother but her line was busy. In desperation, I tried to remember my Living Skills lessons and suspected that the milk powder was not enough. Sure enough it was! The baby stopped crying after I had put in more scoops of the milk powder!

The next two hours were the happiest hours of my child care. Jeremy smiled and chortled as I sang lullabies or acted silly poses for him. Then, as he started crying again, I took him in his arms. The next moment, he yawned, nodded sleepily and instantly fell asleep.

After depositing him in his cot, I went down wearily to the kitchen to fix myself a meal. However, this was not to be. While I was taking a drink, the familiar wails started again. When I entered his room, I saw that his diapers were loose. He was wet and had soiled himself. Yucks! It took me ages to clean him up and change his diapers.

Jeremy slept after this and I lay down on the floor to have a nap. Before I could nod off to sleep, I was awakened by the tyrant's screaming again. I carried him out of the house when I could not stop this. I noticed Mrs Bala in her garden. This time, the nasty lady was very helpful. She came over to my side. After examining him, she pronounced "Colic!"

It seemed that the baby was not burped properly and now he had stomach discomfort. Then my guardian angel appeared in the form of Mrs Bala. She volunteered to look after him until the mother came back. I was to be her assistant.

When Mrs Lim came home, Mrs Bala briefed her on my misfortunes. The two of them had a good laugh at my expense while I glared at them. Mrs Lim gave me a pair of tickets to a concert that I badly wanted to go to. She thanked me and mentioned casually that she could make me the permanent babysitter. I turned down her offer politely, knowing very well now that I should not underestimate the responsibility of this seemingly easy job.

     
cajoling   coaxing
     
pesky   annoying
     
chortled   laughed
 
 

 

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