|Feeding the neighborhood cat|
Though we have eight other grandchildren, this is the first time we've had entire responsibility for any of them this long. I was really busy with the little guy, and it was very satisfying.
His pox weren't bothering him much, which made it possible for us to just have a good time. After the first full day he was here, I was so high I was ready to write a glowing blog post about the experience as soon as he went to bed. I put it off, and at the end of the second day I was exhausted and couldn't relate to that woman of the previous day or remember the feeling. It's a mercy he sleeps long at night so I could too.
That first day I was in the Mom groove -- it reminded me at least a little of when I was a youngish mother 30 years ago with a lot to get done every day, little children underfoot and needing something every few minutes. You learn to make the most of every five-minute snatch of time when they are occupied, and you figure out how to get tasks done with them alongside and "helping."
Scout's very favorite activity at our place is watching the Kreepy Krauly pool sweep when it comes on for 2 hours every morning. I didn't want to find out if he would be happy doing that for entire time it runs, because I needed to be right next to him inside the pool fence. I was indulgent to an hour's worth, which was nerve-wracking enough.
Eventually I figured out that I could prune a few rose branches or sweep the fence while we were in there. Scout helped me dig weeds, too, when he wasn't trotting from one side of the pool to the other following the machine, talking about it or to it, "Heh-woh, Kweepy!" I think I came closer to falling into the pool than he did, more than once.
Two of the three days he was here were unusually warm, even into the evenings, which made it possible for us to spend a lot of time outdoors. A big dishpan and the hose would have been enough to occupy him, but I also brought out the play stove his grandpa had made about 30 years ago, and some plastic tea dishes. He set to work making "chicken noodle soup," or so he said.
One of the ways one makes use of the minutes when caring for a little one is to explore together -- watch bugs, smell roses, and notice how the hose water feels on the toes.
Scout is a talker and asks the name of every flower he sees. I was able to satisfy him about most of the ones growing in our yard, and a few in the neighborhood. When we got back from one our walks he put his nosegay into a little pot.
None of our grandchildren lives close enough to us that we can see them frequently. For the present, Scout is the closest, and five hours isn't very close. Maybe the arrival of his little brother or sister late this summer will give us the impetus to make the drive more often.
I'm ready to put in more Grandma Time!
|Frilled Shasta Daisy|