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You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

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.

 

It will be a wonderful day when I can hear him call me Mèmè or Grandma. ❤

 

 

 

 

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Spring Ahead

My grandson has been doing very well. Growing by leaps and bounds.

via Rikki's Refuse on Flickr

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.

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He was so excited to see his Daddy at work.


 

 

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Happy Baby

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.

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High Five

 


Image of ‘High Five’ by Fablen Le Jeune on Flickr.

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Flexibility

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.

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Grandma’s Chicken Soup

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Some ingredients for Chicken Soup

My mother in law taught me how to make homemade chicken soup when I was first married. I don’t make it regularly as I am not into cooking so much in recent years. I do like to make it for holiday dinners. I am out of practice because I was forgetting some of the ingredients. Tonight I will be taking my chicken soup and matzo balls over to my grandson’s other grandmother’s house. She is graciously hosting the dinner. This will be my grandson’s first Rosh Hashanah. He makes it a very special year. ❤

Gavin

 

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Early Bird Catches The Baby Smiling

I gave birth to my second blog,Grandmotherly.blog, in June of this year. I decided I wanted a second blog to write about my experiences as a new grandmother. Today’s prompt words fit in well with this blog so I wanted to write my post here. I haven’t written very much about being a grandmother for a bit. My grandson came home about 3 weeks ago from the NICU. He was born very early and had to stay in the hospital until he was big and strong enough. He’s been a fighter from his birth until now, through ups and downs. Things have been hectic at his house as he and his parents have been getting used to the new routine. My daughter in law told me it would be better if I visited him in the mornings when he is most energetic and happy. So today I went over about mid-morning and got to see him in action. He is very active and is making good eye contact and returning smiles. It was hard to get a picture because when he sees the phone pointing at him he won’t always smile, and then his arms and legs are in motion so much the picture can be blurry.  It is so great to see him with so much energy. I find it is different being a grandmother compared to being a mother. I have the joy of holding him and playing with him and not so much stress as when I was a new mother.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is “birth/berth.”