I rarely blog about my job, but as my time there is limited and today was such an eventful one, I thought it might be good to document something about it. So...the day started off great. I was feeling good. No sickness, more energy...I was loving it. Then came lunch time. As we were herding the children inside from the playground, I was holding one child while holding the hand of another who is learning to walk. The "walker" (names omitted for obvious reasons) reached the table and decided to sit down. So I let go of his hand. But in mid-sit, he decided he would like to walk the extra step to the table. Needless to say, he pitched forward into the table and gave himself a shiner under his right eye. I tended to his injury and sat him down for lunch.
Lunch...one child had spaghetti and applesauce, another had rice and yogurt, another had yogurt and baby food and the cleanest lunch consisted of a child who was spoon fed cereal. Needless to say, it was a mess! Normally, not a problem. However, when we put one of the children down so he could play, we noticed mid-clean that he was smearing poop along the carpet as he crawled away. Beautiful. Tanisha, my co-worker tended to the child while I tried to wrestle children off the soiled carpet and table and clean it at the same time. Once the carpet was cleaned, the littlest member of our class who was watching the whole scenario unfold from his Boppy spit-up down the side of the Boppy...A LOT. So now I was wrestling children off of 3 spots in the room and trying to clean the newest mess. Tanisha was still tending to the diaper change. By this time, 4 of the 5 children were crying and Tanisha was finally able to finish the diaper change. She attacked the messy table while I finished the spit-up clean-up. And then I went to get the first child a change of clothing. By the time I got back (from across the room) the child that had spit-up had done so AGAIN...A LOT! I actually told children to keep their bodily fluids INSIDE their bodies for a minute!
In the end, everyone was crying and a Toddler Teacher actually had to come over to give us a hand. You would think the story stops here. Not so lucky.
We went for a walk to calm down and then came back to take a nap. Everything was going smoothly. Two children were still awake but resting quietly when Tanisha asked if she could leave 20 minutes early to clean herself from the earlier poop fiasco. "No problem", I said. Right. Five miunutes later, the youngest child starts crying. Okay, I can handle that. But then he starts screaming. And so does the other child who has not yet fallen asleep. And so does another child who HAD been asleep. Thereby waking the other two children...who had been asleep for 30 minutes. I ran to the door to get backup from next door...but one of the teachers was out of the room! Screaming continued. Finally, someone came to give me a hand after a couple minutes, but damage was done. The first screaming child feel asleep and was still sleeping when I left at 4:00. The child who hadn't fallen asleep yet, never did. And the last two to wake up to all the noise never went back to sleep.
All I can say is...I'm glad I left before the end of the day.
Twins you say?