Maya and Gavin are twins. They're two months old. They have two car seats. And of course, there are two of them.
No matter how you count it, I'm outnumbered.
Today, I'm the bionic babysitter. Late as always, I rush up Jen's steps and into her house. Jen waves hello and runs out to her doctor's appointment.
"Don't worry," I call after her. "I know the drill!"
Well technically, I don't know the drill. But I know where the diapers are. And I'm hoping that's good enough.
After all, the twins and I have been hanging out together for a long time. We go way back.
Best of all, they make great weight training partners!
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She's right. Let the games begin.
Maya goes back to sleep, but minutes later, Gavin starts to fuss. I pick him up, rock him in my arms, and walk him around a bit. This sounds natural enough, but it turns out, hoisting an infant out of a bouncy seat is like a new PT exercise. I stabilize my prosthetic leg, shift onto my right leg, bend my knee, lean toward the floor -- and scoop!
Once we're up, instinct kicks in. I sing camp songs like they're lullabies. My Genium goes into "baby sway" mode. Each step is careful and calculated, but surprisingly I feel solid and strong. (Thanks Ottobock!)
When we stop for a diaper change, there's a slight fumble, but it has nothing to do with the babies. My diapering skills are just a bit rusty. I tape Gavin's Pamper on backwards, then switch it around. Ahh, the design goes in the front! Gavin watches me curiously from the changing pad. (Is that a smirk, kid?)
I got this.
Then Maya lets out a pint-sized grunt from her bouncy seat. I glance over. Uh-oh. She wriggles into a new sleeping position.
At that moment, I'm struck by a jolt of panic. What if they both wake up at the SAME TIME?
Miraculously, they don't. At least not until Jen comes home.
When she arrives an hour or so later, Gavin and I have paced off Mile 4,249 together. And Maya is still asleep. Whew! We made it.
On this journey as an amputee, there's a first time for everything. We'll call this mile my first successful babysitting double date!
But until you can walk -- and count -- I'm still ahead of the game!