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.
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 ~~