My grand-daughter is a sweet 16 months old!
With 3 grandsons [12-14 yrs old] who live 1,000 km [over 600 miles] away, I haven’t seen much of my eldest son‘s children. But my middle son lives in Victoria so I’ve been able to visit my newest grandchild since her birth.
And since I had 3 sons, it’s an added bonus that she’s a girl — I was deprived for 35 years. 😉
Of course, without the heavy burden of responsibility, it’s been so much more fun than being a parent. I don’t live with her 24/7. I don’t have to put her to sleep when she’s cranky. I get to simply love her.
She & I do fun things together — like my favourite, reading. Since her mom & I are both bookworms, I’m extremely glad that my grand-daughter loves to sit & read from her ever-growing library.
The amazing news –> ask & she will point out the letter ‘o’ — wherever she sees one. And she knows the word ‘book’ has two of them. Sometimes she’ll even say ‘oh’ — if she wants.
Little Miss is definitely not talkative. Her wonderful mom taught her sign language from a very early age so we’ve been able to communicate for many months now. My vocabulary with her includes –> milk, more, down, butterfly, book, ear, nose, & a few others. 😎
After reading 4 or 5 books & some colouring, we played in her room. She loves the cool rocking horse I got her for Christmas — still too short for the stirrups but can rock it all by herself now.
It’s very cool to see my grand-daughter’s progress from a Nana viewpoint — she now confidently decides what our next activity will be & communicates her wishes calmly.
I helped her get Bunny, Monkey, & Teddy from her crib & she walked them up & down the hallway in her little girl’s baby stroller. At one point, I went back to the living room & sat down.
A few minutes later, almost finished a turn-around, she gave me a backwards glance, pointed to me, & then her. Oh, would you like me to go with you? “Ya”, she chirps. Off we went for more fun.
When you’re a parent, you are very concerned with the day-to-day survival of your children. Every day, you care & work & clean & volunteer & chauffeur & . . .
As a grandparent, I’m so much more relaxed — aha, I’m an old hand at this. 😉 I know, in the grand scheme of things, it will all work out.
I get to enjoy watching my grand-daughter age — to help with her natural growth into a young lady. I’m excited with the changes in her — something new almost every time I see her! And I look forward to seeing many more.
Yeah, my bones ache a bit more these days. Yeah, I’m a little more forgetful. And yup, I am a little slower. But hey, at 54, I am not too old to have a little play time.