I started this blog thinking I would have lots to talk about but soon realized that I did not want to share my grandchild’s life with everyone. I want to be sensitive to privacy. So I will try to write about grandmothers and grandchildren in general. It is a different relationship, more distant than mother. I think my grandson thinks of me as a friendly visitor who knows a lot of his favorite songs, but sings them a bit off-key.
‘Grandma’s Favorite’ by Georgios Jakobides (1853–1932)
The image of grandmother has changed. Grandmothers nowadays look younger.
Mèmè with Gavin
Or maybe not. 😉
Recent visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium where my grandson was is awe of the penguins and fishes. One of the penguins swam down to say hello. Beautiful weekend with perfect weather.
My grandson recently turned 18 months old. Because he was born very early, a micro-preemie, his developmental age is around 14 months old. He is now practicing standing with the support of his parents, nurses, and some of the furniture. He is small but very strong. He had to have a tracheostomy because having a tube in his airway in the hospital caused some damage to his trachea. The damage has since been repaired but he is not quite ready to get rid of the trach tube. That is the next thing to happen and we are all looking forward to it so he can talk and we will be able to hear his beautiful voice.
Earlier days at Children’s Hospital
Full of energy
Father and son
Hanging out with Daddy
It will be a wonderful day when I can hear him call me Mèmè or Grandma. ❤
This weekend we are celebrating Passover and Easter with our little grandson. He is a little bundle of energy, smiles, and love. He will be joining us for dinner and I am looking forward to spending some time with him again. Wishing you a Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and Happy Spring all bundled together.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘bun’. “Find a word that contains “bun” or use it as a word all by itself.”
My grandson has been doing very well. Growing by leaps and bounds.
He is now 16 months old but his adjusted age due to prematurity is about 12 ½ months. So his developmental age is that of a 1 year old. He is sitting up but still working on standing. He was born very early but he is a little warrior and is very generous with hand clapping, high fives, and toothly smiles.
Here is an adorable photo (below) of him face-timing with his Daddy for the first time.
He was so excited to see his Daddy at work.
So glad to have the chance to spend time with my grandson today. Not only can he perform “Happy Baby pose” like a pro he will give me several high fives. He is not partial to long naps though. One of his nurses was trying to get him to go to sleep the other day and she would close her eyes to show him what she meant. He happily closed his eyes in response. This went on for a couple of times and he would laugh. He liked that new game. He has so much energy that I get tired just watching him in motion.
Image of ‘High Five’ by Fablen Le Jeune on Flickr.
It has been a while since I have posted on my blog dedicated to being a new Grandmother. I thought I would be writing more. It is just that I am still getting to know my new grandson and it is taking a bit longer than I first anticipated. I am glad that my son and daugher-in-law do not live far away. So that is not the problem. It is because my grandson is so busy. A premature baby needs to have visits from various therapists, physical, occupational, and play to help him get the proper exercise and stimulation. There are nurses that help care for him while my daughter-in-law and son work. So he has lots of people coming to see him every week and Mèmè needs to wait her turn. I must be flexible.
He is growing and developing well. He is very alert and active. And he is more flexible physically than me for sure.