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The Grandparent Thread

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  • rockymtnhigh2rockymtnhigh2 460 replies6 threads Member
    edited March 8
    Favorite nice quality onesy companies to order online? Looking for non feminine/non masculine type.
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  • hrh19hrh19 888 replies1 threads Member
    Congratulations, scout59! Glad to hear your family is doing well!

    @garland, I am a part time ‘babysitter’ and love every single minute I am with my grandchildren. I am with the sweethearts two or three days each week. Some days I am there just four or five hours, but some days I’m there twelve (or more!) hours. D and SIL have crazy hours. The specialties they chose were great before children… Because of their work, a traditional daycare, or even a full time nanny, would not work. I have avoided the major illnesses GS has managed to bring home from preschool (Hand, Foot, and Mouth was the worst!) but I do have to fight a cold once in a while. And yes, some days I am exhausted, but the love I receive from GS, GD, D, and SIL makes it all worth it! D and I are very close, and this has made our ‘adult relationship’ even more wonderful.

    @rockymthigh2, We like primary dot com and bodenusa dot com. The clothes we have ordered have been really great.
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  • my-3-sonsmy-3-sons 2960 replies49 threads Senior Member
    @2VU0609 My sister is in the same position. Her first grandchild is due next week and she knows she needs to stay away. She is heartsick even though her head understands.
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  • frazzled1frazzled1 5611 replies247 threads Senior Member
    Yay! Wonderful news. Many congratulations and best wishes, @2VU0609.
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  • HouseChatteHouseChatte 1277 replies2 threads Senior Member
    @2VU0609 Congratulations, and healthy happy vibes to all!
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  • shellfellshellfell 3798 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Congrats @2VU0609. Enjoy your Facetime until you can see your GD in person.
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  • rockymtnhigh2rockymtnhigh2 460 replies6 threads Member
    edited March 26
    Used primary dot com to send to GD and they loved them. Liked the neutral option rather than male or female. Thanks @hrh19 !
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  • SOSConcernSOSConcern 3911 replies8 threads Senior Member
    So one final week of caring for GKs with daycare slated to open April 6.

    Last month SIL (not the kids) had Hand/Foot/Mouth - no one else in household had it. He had sores in his mouth, so it helped him with weight loss and he met his weight goal. I can imagine the discomfort with the young ones that don't know what is going on @hrh19 .

    Last Friday morning 8 month old grandson gave us a 'taste' of what it is like to be colicky - about 3 hours later he passed a really nasty #2 - much air freshener needed. When I picked up his legs to clean him up he even cried with his bowels still hurting. DD had already left for work, and SIL came out a few times (from working at home) to see if he could 'help'.

    22 month grand-daughter has been allowed by SIL to have a very extended bedtime (essentially he lets her go on and on, run around the apt, tear up the bedroom, reads books over and over, etc). She eventually falls asleep in her arms (with the pacifier they said was going to finish at 18 months). Since she had acted out since supper time, I did have a talk with him once she was asleep. He did put her into time out once early in the evening, and I praised him for that. Somehow he thinks he is 'the boss' because he decides when to end things at night...I told him she was the boss all evening. He asked her 3 times if she wanted her bottle - I told him that after the first time and she says no, you put it in the refrigerator. She can ask for it later if she wants - we are not the servants and she is the princess, yet he acts like that. I also said he is blurring Parent and child rolls. Gave him examples from my sister and her son who also didn't have much parenting limits early on and would 'reward' him for bad behavior unknowingly. SIL did listen. He is processing. He doesn't like to admit he doesn't know things. I told him he has been a parent for 22 months; I babysat 5 kids at age 12 with the youngest in diapers -- I have been at it a long time. I know DD has tried to tell him things, but essentially it is working out that DD takes care of 8 month old (breastfeeding with some supplemental bottles when she is at work) and SIL takes care of 22 month old. They converted her crib to a toddler bed, which she likes, but her 'big girl' behavior is not there yet. Hoping it will all click when she potty trains. She is understanding the concept but they haven't started. They have to provide a potty chair at daycare so buying two of the same thing.

    Grand-daughter doesn't give me trouble with laying down for nap when she is clearly tired - I give her the boundaries and she accepts them because I have been consistent. When she wants things and starts to cry, I talk to her and if she is being unreasonable I will tell her "crying doesn't work with Nana - we will do xyz and we can do abc" - she understands. If she is overtired, they crying will get the energy out of her.
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  • mominvamominva 3155 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Well, I finally cancelled the April flights to and from GS.
    I was supposed to be there for the daycare spring break.
    In an effort to support small business, I ordered some outside distractions with a pick up at store option local to their home. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option, so they will ship it. (And it is walking distance to their house).
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  • snowballsnowball 3048 replies256 threads Senior Member
    When we FaceTime with our almost 18 month old, one of her favorite things to do is give us kisses, directly on the iPad screen! It is so cute to see this little face up close, and receive the lips! Her next favorite thing is to tell us bye bye, and end the call, even when it isn't time.

    My daugher has the 9 month old crawl to the screen and once she gets close, my daughter moves it to another corner of the room so that the baby crawls to it. This is her PE class for the day. :smile: This one also likes to get up close to the screen, but she likes to eat it, so we usually get a clear view of her mouth.

    I miss these two terribly. Can not wait until we can travel again; it will be a hard decision which we go to see first.
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  • jym626jym626 57670 replies3023 threads Senior Member
    You are lucky, @snowball . Our 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter likes to push the “off” button when we are on facetime. She thinks its a riot.
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  • shellfellshellfell 3798 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Last time we facetimed with 2yo GD, I tried interacting with her by asking her to make me some lunch at her play kitchen. She kept going back and forth between her kitchen and the screen bringing us cups of coffee over and over again. DH and I joked to ourselves that we'd be up all night with all the coffee she served us. I miss actually being with her.
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  • 2VU06092VU0609 3669 replies61 threads Senior Member
    Oldest GD used to turn off FaceTime, but no she just says "no more" with my grandma name. Progress? Ha!
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