AJ has a manual. It is about 12 pages, 20 point font, and includes pictures and video.
OK, I didn't receive the manual when she was born. But her babysitters will be expected to read it all hahahaha.
Not surprising really. I am after all the teacher who writes ~2 pages of sub plans for every hour that I'm away. What did you expect I would do when leaving my daughter with someone?!
My inspiration was this site which lists info to leave with a babysitter. Apart from the fairly obvious stuff, there's also helpful tips such as a reminder to write down what the child is wearing, in case she is lost or kidnapped, and what you are wearing if the police need to find you. In other words, details that make a person like me go: "OMG! I totally didn't think of that! Thank goodness someone mentioned it!!"
All of this planning and thinking makes me a bit nostalgic for those early, raw days of motherhood when the world was just AJ and I, and nothing else needed to be planned for or imagined. When I wouldn't leave her for any reason but to catch a few hours of sleep. When every successful feeding was a victory and we logged every pee and poop. Where our time together still felt eternal and the curtain between this existence and the world beyond was fluttering in the wind.
On the other hand, I do want AJ and I to be part of the bigger world, so I'm not really sorry to be taking these steps to be something more than a stay at home mom, even if only for a couple of hours. I'll have a lot of stress-sweat this week and likely lose a few more pounds of baby weight, not to mention sleep. But I'll do what I have to do anyway, because AJ's sweet life is a constant reminder that life is about embracing who we are becoming.