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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Child of my child, heart of my heart

Yesterday, my daughter and son-in-law were going to a wedding so I went over to babysit Eden until they got home. Noah spent the night with his other grandparents and his cousin, sleeping in a tent in their living room. So I got to focus just on Eden and it was a lovely special time.

After my daughter gave me all the little details of when she'd have her bottle and how she likes to be prepared for bed, etc. off they went and left us together - alone - for the very first time. Since she's just about 3 months old now (can you believe it?) I thought she might be ready to react to some toys. First, I got a funny-looking bright red with black polka dots cloth rattle that I shook in front of her. She started laughing, cooing, and gurgling over that. So then I went and got a small Winnie the Pooh and showed it to her. I couldn't believe her reaction. She started smiling and waving her pudgy little arms around and I swear she started talking to him. Here she is just starting to react to Winnie.

After a while, she seemed to be a bit bored (or was I?) so I put her in her swing, put Pooh Bear on the tray in front of her and turned it on. She was having such a great time that I had to take their photo, but first had to stop the swing so as not to have a blurry photo. She looks so serious in this photo, as if to say, "Who the heck ARE you, anyway? And why are you on my swing with me?"

Eden started to get a bit fussy, so I put her on the sofa on her back and put Pooh Bear beside her. She turned to look at him, stretching out one arm, but with fist still clenched. I think she's wondering what he feels like.

She was very engrossed in him, I think because he has this huge red smile on his face. Eventually, Eden unclenched her fist and actually started touching him. She seemed so excited to be interacting with this furry little creature and it was fun for me to watch this bit of her development.

When her Mommy and Daddy came home, I was able to show them these photos and how much she liked Winnie the Pooh. My daughter was amazed because she hadn't really used the old Pooh Bear with Eden yet. (It was given to big brother Noah when he was a baby and he hadn't really liked it that much.) Maybe it's a "girl" thing, that they interact with faces more than boys do. I do remember Noah just liked anything that moved, especially on wheels.

It was a wonderful evening for me, and Eden and I got along just fine. She went off to sleep before 8:00 pm, with just a bit of fussing, and slept through the night.

When we're young and have others to look after, we don't have the time to savour every precious moment with each child because of the need to balance work and family life. We love our children dearly, but it's as a grandparent, I believe, that we can enjoy and appreciate those moments with our grandchildren without having to worry about all the other things that intrude upon our life.

There were moments of pure joy last night as I watched my granddaughter reach a new level of her development. I will cherish these photos forever and one day will show them to her and tell her of that evening when my love for her fully bloomed.

For Eden

Child of my child
Heart of my heart
Your smile bridges the years between us
I am young again …
Discovering the world through your eyes
You have the time to listen
And I have the time to spend.
Delighted to gaze at familiar loved features …
Made new in you again
Through you … I’ll see the future
Through me … you’ll know the past
In the present we’ll love one another
As long as these moments last.

~~ Author Unknown ~~


Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh Leslie, these are such sweet and precious photos. Eden is incredibly beautiful. I am so happy that you had spent some wonderful alone time with this beautiful bundle of joy. That first photo is worth framing... that is adorable!
That poem is perfect and a wonderful tribute to a precious little girl!

Momma said...

I can see why you are in love with that baby. She's beautiful, and what a lovely tribute.

Kiss the cheeks for me, eh?

Peace - D

jmb said...

Lovely post Leslie. She has indeed grown.

Ruth D~ said...

It's so early in this love affair, Leslie, and already you are enraptured. That's the ways with these little babes, children of our own children. Eden is so cute, so huggable . . .

Smalltown RN said...

OMG Leslie I can't believe how much she has grown...she is just darling....and I hear what you say about as a grandparent you seem to appreciate the little things more...I look forward to that day...although not yet...thank you for sharing your beautiful grandaughter with us...

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Lovely photos..can't believe she is 3 months old already!!

kissa said...

3 months old already but what a treat for you to spend uninterrupted time with her and Poo! Love the pics.

Daryl said...

Three months is the age where they stop being lumps and begin to develop personalities ... my god daughter was much like Eden at that age ... such fun for a gramma!


Christine said...

I love that name- Eden, that is the first time I've heard it used. Beautiful baby!!

granmal said...

This is beautiful. The pictures and the words. I agree, it wonderful to spend time with Grandchildren and enjoy them without all those responsibilities. We found out last month that we will be grandparents again with both my children are expecting again. The addition of these 2 will bring us up to 6 in all, so far!

Paulie said...

What a special time with memories for you and photos for her someday to enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Quote: "When we're young and have others to look after, we don't have the time to savour every precious moment with each child because of the need to balance work and family life. We love our children dearly, but it's as a grandparent, I believe, that we can enjoy and appreciate those moments with our grandchildren without having to worry about all the other things that intrude upon our life."

Says all I've ever heard from other grandparents - haven't got any real grandchildren yet but I do enjoy being with Pete's.

Lovely post, Leslie - print it on photo papers and frame it?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely poem and photos.

Dragonstar said...

Such a beautiful post about such a beautiful baby! Thank you so much for sharing your joy with us.

Liz said...

What a special time that must have been. Lucky you and lucky Eden.

Sienna said...

How beautiful this post is, how beautiful Eden is, I love her smile...this is heartmelting stuff, ya know!


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