Every year in January our church hosts a dinner / lecture event for staff, their spouses and volunteers. And since Bjorn's parents attend the same church (his mom actually works there, too) we were left without our default child care :)! So we broke down and finally hired a sitter.
She came with lots of recommendations from friends, and I have to say, she hung in there ;) My original plan was to leave as she was putting the girls to bed, but Liana was going to have none of it, so I stuck around until the little bean was finally sleeping. (Thankfully, I was only 10 minute late to the dinner, so it was no big deal). However, both of the girls still often wake up after that first sleep cycle at night, which is so annoying, since you have to put them BACK to sleep after already putting them to sleep once! I texted the sitter at some point throughout the night to find out that was exactly what happened. When I came home, she told me that as soon as Liana woke up and realized that mommy wasn't around, she started freaking out, and it took poor Britney about 30 minutes of walking her around and shushing her before she settled back down and fell back asleep - at which point (of course!) Amaya woke up and started crying as well. She said she came close to having to call me ;) But she managed and when I came home, all was quiet, the girls were sleeping, and I guess Britney must not have been too scared off since she agreed to come back some time!