Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Baby-Sitters Club #52: Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies

SMS is hosting a Modern Living class, where kids are paired together in fake marriages. On the second day of class, everyone gets an egg and must pretend that it’s a real baby. Mary Anne is naturally paired with Logan and she thinks it’s the perfect project for them. Then they learn that they can’t afford to rent an apartment and would have to live with one of their parents. Plus Logan keeps hogging the “baby” and making her feel like crap.

The kids have to keep track of their eggs at all times and keep a diary of feedings, changes and all that stuff. Mary Anne takes the egg with her when she has to sit for twins and ends up feeling overwhelmed. She has to call Dawn in to help because the twins won’t stop crying. Dawn has to walk one kid, while she feeds the other and keeps an eye on her egg.

Logan decides that Mary Anne can’t cope and starts taking the egg home all the time. They finally decide to take a night off and go to the movies, but can’t find a sitter. They get stuck taking the egg with them and Mary Anne drops it under her chair. He freaks out and takes it home yet again. They stop talking for awhile, but get over it when two kids in their class actually do lose their egg.

The teacher has everyone write up a final report, detailing the future of their egg. Their egg moves to NYC to take a publishing job, while Kristy’s stays and opens a garage. Dawn and Mary Anne originally wanted their parents to have a baby, but decide that it’s way too much work. Their parents do offer to let them get another pet, but they want to just relax for awhile.

*Holy crap! In Stoneybrook, a two-bedroom apartment costs $2,000 and even a studio is like $800-900! Granted this is Connecticut, but it’s also over a decade ago! I pay $590 for a three bedroom house and that seems like a lot of money now!

*These girls need other interests. Mary Anne thinks she can handle having a baby because she knows how to feed and diaper a kid. She and Dawn later say that they could help their parents a lot, by taking over most of the responsibilities of caring for a new baby.

*Stacey sits for a little girl that flips out when she sees her egg. She isn’t scared of eggs in general, but the fact that it has a little blanket.

*Kristy is paired with Alan and they name their egg Izzy. He calls constantly and keeps track of the egg. He calls during one of her sitting jobs and Sari wanders off with the egg, leading to a massive panic. BTW, why the fuck would Kristy think it’s okay to spend 15 minutes on the phone during a job?

*We totally did this in school except that we used flour and sugar sacks. I was one of the unlucky kids that drew a 10-pound flour sack. Try carrying that around for a week!


  1. It is surprising that rental prices in CT were so high in the early 90s, but I will tell you that $590 for a three bedroom house sound like a total made up fairy tale to me. I paid $625 for a studio in Seattle in 2000. Count your blessings!

  2. holy crap you pay less for a 3 bedroom house then I paid for my studio apartment as well (also Seattle, ha.) Right now I pay almost $1000 for a small one bedroom.