I sent off an email to our sitter candidate. In it I thanked her for her time, told her how much we liked her, etc.
And then I said we would be looking for in home care instead. For flexibility issues.
That is true. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that having her only available two days a week (she works the other 3 weekdays) and with 2 other children meant that I had no emergency or last minute care when Sam is gone. I need that.
But mostly it was because I couldn’t get past the fact that her brother (who I might never meet) would be in the house whenever Bella was there. I need to be comfortable with who we pick, and I wasn’t with that aspect.
I feel a little bad, because I’ve been on the receiving end of my own email before. But it’s over and done – and I’m not expecting to have her write back.
And for those of you that asked – no, I didn’t mention I read her blog. We ended up deciding that, had we hired her, we would have included a privacy clause saying she wasn’t allowed to post info/photos on FB/blog/public forums of Bella or us.
Now I move on to other candidates. A few of whom I really like a lot. And then one who listed all her qualities and attention to detail, only to end the email with “I’d be thrilled to watch your son!”
Great! When he’s born, we’ll let you know!
Then another who’s email address began with “Redhairdownthar@”
:/ On that note, we’ll start the screening process with what your email address is. And go from there.