Welcome to Day 20 of
Partners In A Pair Tree – Kelly And Mo Celebrate December
Today’s theme: the best gift ever.
Last fall Peter and I were blessed with our first grandchildren – identical twin boys.
Immediately after the boys were born, my daughter-in-law’s mom went to help out for a few weeks, then it was my turn.
None of us had any idea just how busy life with infant twins would be. Fortunately my son’s company provides for a very generous paternity leave and my daughter-in-law had always planned on being a stay-at-home mom. But we figured out pretty quickly the benefit of a ratio of at least three adults to the two babies.
Shortly after I arrived, it became very clear that help was going to be needed longer than the few weeks I had originally planned to stay.
In what Peter calls “the least surprising email he has ever received”, I laid out a plan that involved me staying in Boston to help with the babies for some extra time…like two months.
I am insanely lucky that I was able to stay for so long to help and insanely lucky that I was asked to do so.
Peter and I had planned to spend Christmas in Boston with the family, especially the babies. What I hadn’t planned was doing all my holiday preparations in the middle of baby central.
My daughter-in-law and I fondly remember the weeks spent together, each with a sleeping baby in one arm and a laptop in the other. As all members of households with new babies, we became experts in multi-tasking, managing to put up their Christmas tree and decorations, bake cookies, order, address and send Christmas cards, open boxes delivered by UPS and wrap gifts all while snuggling with the precious little boys.
During the Christmas Crunch Time of 2012, there was one day in particular on which my fabulous and intrepid daughter-in-law took the boys to a “Mommy and Me” or in this case “Mommy and Us” class and I, armed with our very final to-do list, hit the local mall.
I was a machine – had never before been so efficient and probably never will be again. I managed to check everything off our list then screech back in time to help Lily carry the buckets of boys in from the car.
While one of the busiest holiday seasons I’ve ever had, for quite obvious reasons it was also one of the best.
When Christmas morning arrived, it was simply magical to wake to celebrate the boys’ first Christmas. They were, of course, too little to know what was going on but it is a Christmas memory that Peter and I will never forget.
This year we will not be with the little nuggets on Christmas Day so we have come a week early to celebrate.
This year they are old enough to be quite interested in unwrapping presents. Their absolute favorite: books. Peter and I got a copy of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” that allows you to record the story in your own voice. What a perfect present for grandparents, especially those like us who live far away.
It is true that grandchildren bring a new dimension to every aspect of our lives and that is never more evident than during the holidays. These boys are a gift in our lives that we cherish every day.
So as I pack my suitcase to leave Boston, I add another ornament on our Partners in a Pair Tree celebrating our beautiful grandsons.
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