Elmo, Babysitters and BlogHer

A World Sans Elmo


I barely put my foot down in San Diego today for the BlogHer Conference when my husband called me. He sounded so serious.

“I think we need a new babysitter.”

My heart tightened. “Is everything okay?”

“Yes, but you have something to blog about with sitters again.”

Oh dear lord, not the Sitter Chronicles again, I thought.

“What happened?” I said almost frantic.

“She lost Elmo.”

The world screeched to a stop. I felt dizzy. Saw bright lights. My brain turned fuzzy.

“OH NO!!!!!!!!” I screamed.

“Yep,” he says, “It’s true.”

This is a substitute sitter who we’ve only used once before. My regular sitter had to cancel at the last minute and with me going out of town; I had to scramble to find a replacement. I emailed her a list of stuff to be aware of last night, and one was Fia flinging her shoes off while she’s in the stroller. I’d hate to loose an expensive pair of stride rites. (I left this morning before she came and was completely freaked out about not being there in person to drill everything into her. Namely, no texting while strolling, stay on top of Fia at all times, don’t let her have pacifier during the day…you know the usual control freak issues of moms–or at least this one.)

But because she was so focused on Fia flinging her shoes, she didn’t notice the little red monster being hurled out on the street. She retraced her steps, but was too late. Elmo was gone. G-O-N-E.

I blame Phil. He should have told her not to take her monsters out of the house. This is what happens when mama leaves town. Things go south. Elmo becomes homeless.

As I type, Phil and Fia are on the way to the toy store to buy a replacement Elmo before bedtime (didn’t happen, see picture). Hopefully this is the biggest thing I will worry about while I’m out here for 3 days.  I’d really like to enjoy this conference of entrepreneurial women, maybe learn a thing or two, and sleep in!! So please sitters/husband/and Wayne Sanchez–I’ll even include you–Take care of my baby. And her accoutrements. In the words of our annoying, talking Sesame Street book, “See You Sooooon.”

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    On August 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Your panic over a lost Elmo totally makes sense. I fear the day Mason’s Sophie(the giraffe) gets lost. We’ve had a couple of close calls…scary stuff.

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    On August 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

    My daughter had an obsession with Pooh Bear (still does in fact) and Grandma neglected to listen to my Pooh Bear does not leave the house rule and allowed my daughter to take him to Target where she did not notice that he was thrown out of the cart. For 48 hours Pooh Bear was lost in the depths of Target and it was the longest 48 hours of our life. She would NOT sleep without him. Recognizing her attachment to him we had been trying to find another one for sometime but weren’t having any luck. He had not only been a gift but a clearance purchase. Finally we were notified that a Target cleaning crew had found him tucked back on a shelf and after a run through the washing machine all was well again. We have since purchased two more Pooh Bears off of Ebay (at over $20 a pop, totally worth it) but my now 4 year old still prefers the original “best” Pooh Bear.

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    On August 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Oh my! You definitely need to set that rule in stone: Loveys DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE. Ever.

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