I was on radio silence for most of last week because I was very, very busy hanging out with these guys.
How on earth did our grand babies get to be so big?
It seems like just yesterday that our son, Walt, was in his high chair eating pureed prunes, and now, a minute later, he is feeding his own children pureed prunes. (Oh, sorry, now they are called “dried plums”….like that really makes a difference…)
Considering the fact that we live 3,000 miles away from Chip and Dale, Peter and I get to visit a lot. Still, each time we see them, we are amazed by what they have learned and how their little personalities are developing. Looking back at pictures from even just a couple of months ago, we can’t believe how little and scrawny they were! Maybe every little thing is highlighted because we aren’t with them to see the gradual progression of new skills. Or maybe it’s just because we are utterly obsessed with the little rascals.
Although Chip and Dale are identical, they are still pretty easy to tell apart – at least in person. Chip is in constant motion, Dale is more mellow. Chip crawled first, always wanting the toy that was across the room (or in his brother’s hands). Dale’s attitude seemed to be, “Meh, that toy over there looks cool but this one right next to me is just fine.” Or “Hey, bro – while you are over there, can you fetch that toy for me?”
One thing they do have in common, as I have mentioned before, is their complete and utter devotion to Peter. If he is in the room, the rest of us are chopped liver. My darling daughter-in-law, Lily, says that if Chip and Dale were cartoon characters they would have hearts floating around their heads every time they looked at their grandfather. It’s kind of adorable.
Walt and Lily are incredible. They are calm and confident as they navigate the world as new parents of twins. Do any of you have twins in your family? If so, you will understand just what this means. I had NO IDEA that twins would be not twice, not three times, but at least four times the amount of work as one baby. Everyone says it will get easier and in some ways it already has. Although Walt and Lily are straight up terrified about the mayhem they will face once the boys can walk. Crikey!!
Being with the boys is constantly entertaining. I can spend all day watching them play, eat and nap (thanks to the baby monitor, the show goes on even when they are in their cribs!). Everything else falls away. Nothing else matters.
It’s no fun living so very far from our darling little nuggets but we make every minute with them count. We spend our days storing up mental images, hugs and kisses to carry us through until our next visit. Our own children never lived near their grandparents but still have a very close and loving relationship with them. So it is possible to be a big part of their lives, even if you don’t live across the street.
Calling all geographically separated grandparents out there: what do you do to mitigate the distance between yourself and your precious grandchildren? Ideas welcome!Thanks for stopping by,
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