Talking it over -- 9-23-10
My husband and I did the unthinkable this weekend. We picked up our two granddaughters, age 3 and 6 months, and took them with us for an overnight visit at our son's home, where we also spent time with our 6 year old grandson. Anyone who heard about our intentions (including my husband) thought we were crazy, but we decided to give it a try.
We picked up the girls on Saturday morning and I managed to wedge between the two car seats in the back seat of the car. The girls thought it was great to have grandma there to entertain them. The youngest fell asleep quite quickly and just as the 3-year-old was nodding off, her sister woke up. However, both were very good and the trip down was uneventful.
There is something to be said about a grandchild running out to greet grandparents with open arms. While this is wonderful for us it was even more wonderful to watch our grandchildren greet each other. They were so excited to get together and hugged each other warmly.
While the older two played, I along with my son and daughter-in-law could concentrate on the baby. I have to add that I enjoyed listening to the excited screams coming from the basement, especially when grandpa was playing hide-and-seek with them. I also noticed that each time someone else took the baby, my lap was quickly filled with a 6-year-old, 3-year old and dog who thinks he is also my grandchild.
The weekend went great, ending with a wonderful baby shower for the twins my son and daughter-in-law are expecting in November. As I held my granddaughter and watched the gift opening it really started to hit home. As busy as we are with our three grandchildren and their pets, it is just going to get crazier. It may mean a few more unthinkable weekends and busy holidays but it will definitely be worth it.
There is nothing like the rush of a little person coming out to greet you with open arms or filling your empty lap at every opportunity. There is also nothing like the heartbreak of seeing tears fill their eyes as you say goodbye. Those are the moments that keep us doing the unthinkable, crazy things that allow us to spend as much time as possible with these little people.
I just wonder how I will ever be able to fit five children and a dog on my lap. I like to think that if I have the will there will be a way!