Sunday, January 4, 2015
I spend every waking moment caring for two of my grandbabies. Their every smile is my joy. Their falls and spills are my opportunity to comfort and encourage them. They brighten a room with their adorable presence.
When the infant cries, the toddler comforts her. I love to see how much they love and care about each other. I love to sit in the big chair, in the nursery corner, and read piles of books with them. They mostly point to pictures and repeat some of my words. They are learning.
I prepare bottles for baby, and simple lunches and snacks for the toddler. I dress them in their blanket sleepers after baths, and dress them in their nicest clothes for an outing. We are home, here at the Estate, for most of the time and it is a peaceful, happy place to be.
Sometimes there is crankiness or willful moments of temper, but we soothe them with our patient understanding and kindness. I have many helpers here.
I love that someone else makes my lunch, or brings me tea so I can "Play house" with the babies. I love that I have others to do some of my chores so I am free to sing lullabies and rock in the old chair with a baby.
I also love to do some of the cleaning while holding a baby. One morning I had to vacuum the downstairs carpet, and the toddler got his toy push mower and "vacuumed" along with me. I tell him we are "cleaning the mess." He thinks this is part of our daily routine and is entertained.
Many of us had dolls when we were little girls. We would have doll blankets and clothes and little beds. We would keep our rooms neat and care for our "babies." We did this so lovingly and patiently. This is what it feels like, now, as I get to care for these precious children. Yet, when I notice myself getting overtired or overwhelmed, I pick up one of the cherubs and kiss a chubby cheek and tell the baby what wonderful fun we are going to have in the nursery, and we go and play as if we have all the time in the world.
From the Archives -
A Wonderful Place to be - Grandmother's Nursery.
Mrs. White's latest book:
- "Old Fashioned Motherhood - baby and child care advice from a New England Housewife."
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