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Are you prepared for all contingencies?

Are you prepared for all contingencies? I try my best to be prepared. Always carrying around the "tools of the trade" so to speak. You just never know what might pop up. Of course my camera is always with me just in case I run across that perfect shot! Add in flashlights, a toy or two for when the grandson is in the car, a bottle of water, some energy bars and I am covered under most circumstances! I was, after all, a girl scout in my younger years! Always prepared and all you know.

Well prepared grammaA dear friend of mine invited me over to her house, she was babysitting her 1 month old grandson (her first). I had a busy real estate day, finished up around 4, came home, picked up my own 2.5 year old grandson and off we went.

All went well. I took a bag of toys, his favorite hat, this was perfect. I held the new baby, we had dinner, my grandson was having a great time....

I am sure you can tell that no good can come of this story....

Seems grandma forgot his diapers, and found out only after he had a little, shall we say, explosion. I removed his diaper, cleaned him up, went in my bag for a clean diaper and... uh oh... Needless to say, the visit was cut short, I sat him on a towel, thought about asking for a police escort for the half hour drive home but toughed it out and off we went.

It occurred to me when we were half way home that I should have made my own diaper out of paper towels and saran wrap....

And I bet I won't make that mistake again.

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

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Comment balloon 8 commentsAndrea Swiedler • June 27 2010 06:52AM


Paper towels and wrap * duct tape and hand towel * cut holes in the corners of a plastic bag and stick his legs through!!  You did GREAT!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

This is too funny Andrea! Your paper towel and saran wrap idea works. Been there done that with my son when I was a new Mom. The stories we can tell!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Andrea, knowing you, anything will work, yeah, just do it if there is a next time, haha.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 8 years ago

TMI - grandmothers are supposed to show pictures of cute smiles, not drag us through the diaper pail. Did you put the little one in the trunk on the way home?

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Paper towel and saran wrap? How ingenious. Do we ever wish you had and then posted the pic for us LOL!  So much for planning right Andrea, there's always something!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Andrea - now diapers is something that I never carry, but then my grandson is across the country from me. I do usually come prepared, I am an Eagle Scout. But sometimes I do forget to transfer my golf clubs between vehicles, that can be embarrasing.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 8 years ago

I can honestly say that the one thing I don't have extra with me is diapers!  LOL


Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

I carry my handy dandy Canon 550D around not because I'm looking for that perfect shot, but because I'm looking for that one shot that CNN is willing to pay millions of dollars for. LOL

Posted by Not a real person over 8 years ago