A few months ago (four to be exact) I shared the joyous news that we had welcomed another grandchild into our family. After spending a lovely Father’s Day dinner with my family tonight, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have my three precious grandchildren nearby.
They are all growing up so fast! This picture was taken a month ago already, on Mother’s Day, just as the gang was leaving our home, exhausted from their busy weekend. That’s one happy Grandma!
Last year at this time I became agrandmotherfor the first time. We have been enjoying the presence of my son’s precocious, now four year old step-daughter in our lives and could not have been more thrilled to welcome her little brother. A few days ago this Grandma was equally thrilled to add another babyto this new generation of our family. As promised, (by ultrasound) she is a beautiful baby girl. The proud parents are my son and his wife that you heard about in all my wedding posts last spring.
There are no words special enough to express the emotions of being a grandparent although love, joy and pride might be a start. We are so fortunate to have all three grandchildren to love and spoil. With them all living close by, I hope to do so as often as their parents let me!
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The toys at Grandma’s are not your average, run of the mill toys. No, these toys are very special. While Grandma does have some traditional toys that my dad and his brothers used to play with…
Many others are a little different, but still lots of fun. They are all over the house too, so I can crawl around looking for them. Come with me; I’ll take you on a guided tour of all my favourite toys at Grandma’s:
After the traditional toys in the family room, I head for the kitchen toys…
Grandma says my daddy used to love to pull everything out of this same cupboard. It is the only cupboard Grandma lets me play in though. I tried hard to get into the thing she puts the dirty dishes into, but she kept locking it up.
Next was the dining room where the play structure is still made out of wood! No pressure treated wood or PVC stuff that you find in parks. I am allowed to crawl through this play structure, but I’m not allowed to bite on any parts of it.
Next was the hallway, where this springy thing is fun to play with. Grandma says it is a door stop, but all the doors in this hallway are closed so I’m not sure how that works…
Then I’m on to the front door, where the sunlight streaming through the glass makes pretty patterns on the floor. And, look Grandma, I can see my reflection!
The living room window that has these soft white things hiding more toys. The white things are awesome for playing peek a boo too.
Then I found a tree in the living room! Grandma says it is a Christmas tree that needs to be decorated. I have never seen one of these before. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t here the last time I visited. Just imagine all the things I could grab if it was decorated!
The piano was next. Do you think I am too young for lessons?
My final spot is the stairs. Too bad Grandma wouldn’t let me climb them very far. She thinks because I am only 9 months old that I shouldn’t play on the stairs. If she let me I’m sure I could reach the top!
Thanks for coming on the tour with me. My big sister will be here soon although she doesn’t appreciate all these neat toys. Grandma says I need a nap now, I think she does too!
I have always claimed that my greatest accomplishments in life are my three sons. Now that I am a Grandma too, I am discovering that this being Grandma experience is right up there with being a mom. I cannot, however, claim it as an accomplishment of my own.
I so envy the current generation having children with their parents willing and able to help with their grandchildren. And, I admire the grandparents willing to spend the quality time with their grandchildren. I am also very grateful that my two eldest sons have settled close to home, so any grandchildren they produce will be close by. In my generation, we went to visit our grandparents once in a while, but always as a family (mine had 8 members) and usually for special occasions where the house was full of cousins and other relatives.
Spending the last few days with my grandson being Grandma I am reminded of how miraculous a new baby is. From the moment they are conceived to the time they are full grown, their progress is an amazing accomplishment, one we as humans should be incredibly proud of and grateful for.
It is such a joy to spend quality time with a grandchild, even a tiny one that spends most of the day eating, sleeping, spitting up and pooping with bouts of unexplained wailing. Even my gardens have taken a back seat this week as I babysit. That’s what the parents call it, I call it bonding with my grandson and being Grandma.