Today I wanted to talk about something that we all need: sometimes you just need a break.
I have a grandson who is 1 year old, and he is darling! I have never seen such a happy baby, even when he isn’t feeling well, he is happy. It just so happens that he is cutting in his one year molars and his parents are saying he is just grumpy. Hahaha, right… They have never seen grumpy. They’re worried that he isn’t eating as much as normal because his gums hurt, nor is he sleeping at night.
It is Grandma time!!!
So I watched him on Saturday night so they could go out on a date. We had so much fun!!!!!!! We played with toys, ran around the house, ate lots of food, and played in the bath.
He loves his bathtime. He would play in the water for hours if I let him. Funny thing happened though, while he was in the tub. He’s used to playing for awhile before his mom brings out the soap and washcloth to bathe him, and it was during this time, while he was playing, that he let loose and made bubbles in the water. I expected him to laugh, like he’s done before when this happens, but this time it was different. Instead of giggling and splashing to make more bubbles, he looked at me with the most pathetic puppy dog eyes I have ever seen. His bottom lip puffed out and started quivering, and his eyes… they were so intense, they bored into my soul. Then they teared up.
What could have caused my little man to become so upset?
Then I saw it. It wasn’t just gas that had come out.
I quickly let the drain out, and lifted him to a different spot in the tub. Oh, but he wasn’t done yet. So I lifted him to another different spot while the water continued to go down. When the water was gone, I cleaned up the mess, talking to him the entire time. Though he was on the verge of tears, he hadn’t started crying yet. I turned on the water and cleaned the tub and all the bath toys that had been in the water when the oops happened, and he watched me closely as I worked.
At this point he was sitting in the back of the tub and he kind of leaned back and watched another bodily function happen. I must say it was pretty impressive. The “water” spout he caused arched beautifully, landing close to the drain. I couldn’t have told him to aim any better. So we watched his performance until it was done. Then I cleaned the tub again, and bathed him while the water was running. He was once again the smiley, happy little boy as he played under the faucet. When I was certain the tub and toys were clean, I plugged the drain and let the warm water rise. Play time!!!
Because I’m his grandma, I can spoil him, right? Of course I can! After bath time, we played some more before I made his bottle. (We’d stayed up playing for over an hour past his bedtime.) We cuddled while he had his bottle, then I put him to bed with his snuggly blanket. Not a peep came out of his room once I closed the door.
When his parents came home, they looked refreshed and happy. We chatted for awhile before they scooped him from the bed and took him home.
I think we all need a break from our daily lives every once in a while. It gives us space to breathe and center ourselves again. And being a grandma gives me the perfect chance to provide this break, for both the parents and the grandson. And to be perfectly honest, sometimes I need grandma time as well.