So upset about a night out

(71 Posts)
Belini Wed 06-Mar-13 21:46:35

One of my good friends has offered to take me out for my birthday. She asked me about 7 weeks ago giving me plenty of notice to arrange babysitters & save a little cash.
Despite asking all my family & friends I have been unable to arrange anyone to watch even 1 of the dc sad.
I am sat here in tears. I don't ever ask people to babysit. I haven't been on a night out for over 2 years. I am a sp.

catgirl1976 Wed 06-Mar-13 21:48:34

Ah I am so sorry sad

Could you rearrange?

Could you ask people to recommend a babysitter

I am sorry you have been so let down by your family and friends

hugs

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 06-Mar-13 21:48:49

I can sit for you if you happen to be in Berkshire? Try not to get upset.

rhondajean Wed 06-Mar-13 21:50:51

Where are you Bellini?

Hiya cat <waves> I've been worried about you, haven't seen you for ages, how's things?

I know it sucks...but if you can't get a sitter is there anyway she could come round? Maybe get a takeaway, a couple of glasses of wine and a trashy DVD?

Not a night out, but at least it's something.

MedicPeso Wed 06-Mar-13 21:51:33

How many DC do you have? Can you afford a babysitter? Can you ask anyone else, maybe another single parent who might appreciate you doing the same for them? Alternatively, can you explain the situation to your friend, and invite her round to your house for a lovely takeaway / wine / DVD etc.?

Happy Birthday, I hope you have a lovely day flowers.

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Wed 06-Mar-13 21:51:45

sad poor you. That's shit

Would having your friend over to yours be a rubbish substitute?

Some tunes in the kitchen, lovely cocktails or wine?

MedicPeso Wed 06-Mar-13 21:53:17

I nearly said cocktails! You should come round to mine OneHundred wink.

Belini Wed 06-Mar-13 21:54:53

I don't think rearranging would do much good. I asked everyone as soon as she gave me the date. I was trying to give people plenty of notice. No one I know uses anyone other than friends or family to babysit. Thanks for the suggestion though.
I am a long way from you but thank you for the offer. It made me cry again that a complete stranger would offer but none of my real life family or friends are willing to.

catgirl1976 Wed 06-Mar-13 21:56:04

Hi Rhonda smile

I am ok

Had a bit of RL stuff to deal with but am getting through it x

OP I like Scarlets idea of a night in with wine and a takeaway

It is not the same but its something you could still get dressed up

rhondajean Wed 06-Mar-13 21:57:27

Glad you're okay cat. Can I pm you sometime?

Bellini, I'm sure many of us would babysit for you if we could.

ballstoit Wed 06-Mar-13 21:58:09

How many DC do you have and how old are they? There must be a way for you to get a night out.

Does the friend have do/dh?

Belini Wed 06-Mar-13 21:58:27

Yes that will be the plan now. I was just so looking forward to leaving the house all dressed up & not being in charge for one evening. Thank you all for your replies. I will now shake it off & stop bubbling smile

cozietoesie Wed 06-Mar-13 21:58:54

The OP is in Fife. Any nearby Scottish posters around?

HollaAtMeBaby Wed 06-Mar-13 21:59:08

Can you afford to pay someone?

I understand...it's a bummer when you've got something planned and you're all excited. I think you should still get dressed up.

Wear ridiculous shoes that usually hurt your feet, but they won't because you'll be lounging in them grin

Belini Wed 06-Mar-13 22:01:26

I have 5 dc 14, 7,6 & 13 month old twins. At a push it was really only the twins that needed watching. My 14 year old said he would be fine with the other two. That made me cry too. Think I may be crying a little too much! grin

LynetteScavo Wed 06-Mar-13 22:02:38

Can you ask around if anyone knows a reliable teenager you could pay? Just because everyone you know uses friends and family to babysit, doesn't mean you can't be a little out there...or could you change the date of the night out for a date you could get a babysitter.

You have to go out.....it can be done somehow, even if it isn't easy....

Bluelightsandsirens Wed 06-Mar-13 22:03:14

Are you friendly with a neighbour? We are on hello terms with ours and she has baby sat for us in the past?

Where are you, I'll do it.

What about sitters.com?

catgirl1976 Wed 06-Mar-13 22:03:53

PM me anytime Rhonda x

HighBrows Wed 06-Mar-13 22:04:28

Bellini if it's a thing that you have to have the night out in - get dressed up!

Dereksmalls Wed 06-Mar-13 22:04:45

Hi, I've used a babysitting agency a couple of times, they were brilliant. They advertise in all the local parent magazines, all the sitters have been background-checked. Don't know where you are but am sure there must be an equivalent where you are.

catgirl1976 Wed 06-Mar-13 22:05:12

OP there is an agency advertised on here sometimes if you have some cash

Or a neighbour with a responsible teen who wants to earn a bit of extra money?

rhondajean Wed 06-Mar-13 22:05:27

Will do tomorrow x

Bugger, I'm in Scotland but Ayrshire, too far sorry.

Bluelightsandsirens Wed 06-Mar-13 22:05:31

X post

Eek 13 month old twins and 2 more under 10??

Can I bring a friend to help out? smile

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