Monday, September 23, 2013

Getting used to a small baby, and other short stories

In the process of getting acquainted with the baby we are watching, I have spent a lot of time hovering over her, checking her diaper, and learning to use new-fangled inventions they didn't have when I was a young mother.  Even the bottles are different. 
She is a very good baby, and starting to smile (REALLY smile, not gas smiles) and trying to coo.  Because she is so young, she isn't afraid of strangers, but looks us right in the eye as if she has known us forever.  Today I'm trying to learn her routine and I haven't done much but hover; once I get to know her better and settle down and relax, she seems as though she will be an easy baby to have around and will give me plenty of time to do the things around here that need to be done.  At this point, even when she is sleeping you'll catch me bending near her face to make sure she's breathing.    

Cliff and I discussed this morning whether to try and rent this mobile home out.  He was all for it, and I was ready to give it a shot.  He wanted me to put in the ad something about how we only wanted two people.  That's when I found out you can't say that.  You also can't say "older people".  So we called Cliff's brother who is very familiar with the renting process, and he confirmed all this, and also mentioned that we HAD to show the house to anybody who called to ask about it, if we placed an ad.  

So, at this point "word of mouth" is the only way we would rent it.  If we met someone face to face who had a child or two, we might be flexible on our requirements if they seemed like upstanding folks.  We might even allow them to have one dog, who knows.  But we don't want to be forced to rent to someone with ten kids, because there would go my peace of mind out the window and I'd be back in the same situation I was five years ago.  

14 comments:

Becky said...

If you are interested in wearing the baby out and around the farm, let me know. I have a couple slings and a Baby Bjorn carrier floating around here somewhere. I wore both my boys. They loved the closeness and being able to see everything I was doing. It's fun and very nurturing. :D Plus you can get loads done without worrying.

nerves05 said...

I'm surprised your grandson and his girl friend doesn't want to rent from you guys. That would be nice.

Can wait to see the baby.
I can't wait till my grandbaby is here.
I love babies. Espically when i can spoil them and give them back..
:-)

Celeste Sanders said...

Just because you have to show it does not mean you have to rent it to them. You can weed people out by credit checks(even if not done) and former landlords. Another way is to require first and last month and not rent out too low. If you want $400 a month ask $500. I have been in it. I know here in the country you could get $600 for it

Donna said...

nerves05, my grandson and his girl friend are buying a house. And he will not live in a trailer house anyway.

TARYTERRE said...

Baby sounds sweet. I can't believe you can't say you want to rent it to a retired couple. Maybe putting in on a bulletin board at the grocery store???

Margaret said...

Word of mouth sounds like the best way to me; that way there aren't any legal entanglements. Was renting it before a nightmare? I would enjoy hearing stories...Having a baby around would be cool but nerve wracking at first. I'm sure you'll get used to her quickly. :)

Missie said...

I'd be afraid to rent unless I knew their background, and had a list of refereces.

patsy said...

I will tell you about the red haired kids , the state took them away from the mother because of drugs . their daddy and fleta got custudy and we are grateful they are with fleta.

Donna said...

Thanks Patsy. I am grateful too.

patsy said...

about cut and paste and small print, that always happens when you paste some on your blog post. I think you can mess with the print at the top of the page and get a little bigger print.i will see.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Having a baby that age around is wonderful and I'm sure you will be just fine having her there. Hope all works out well with your move.

Pudge450 said...

You should be able to google the rental laws for your state. They will probably surprise you. Most states allow you to limit the number of people to those listed on your rental agreement. You will need to write up some kind of simple agreement. I always do a month to month, because if I have a problem, I son't want to be stuck with them for months. Same for them, they may not want to be stuck with me. I once paid a young woman to move out. Bad situation. I have included such things in the agreement as that they are responsible for their own light bulbs. They are required to remove garbage cans from street side in a timely manner, and......they cannot keep their garbage can on the front porch. Every time I get a new renter, I usually find I need a new line in the agreement. People are amazing.

Cliff said...

To me no smoking or cats would be the key.

Lori said...

My sister in Florida has had so many headaches with her rental properties, but she has also had a really nice family rent from them. You certainly won't want to rent to just anyone.

I think if I were a baby/toddler, you would be the babysitter I would want. Can you imagine being a little person with a babysitter who lives on a farm with cows and chickens and dogs and cats? Little Cora is a lucky girl.