Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dipping in with all ten


my daughter with her daughter
My daughter's baby is now five months old and she loves experiencing life with her feet.  She loves to kick and push against anything her feet encounter.  She loves to explore and feel with her feet.
I recently returned from a visit with my granddaughter.  She cracks me up how much she is loving life.  Everything goes into her mouth.  She loves to taste everything and loves to put fabric into her mouth.  I put her in her stroller one day and she turned her head and licked the fabric beside her.  When she rides in her stroller, she props her feet up on the tray in front of her as if she is the queen riding in style.
She now smiles and giggles.  You don't even have to say anything.  If you make a funny face, she smiles.  Or a funny noise- she opens her eyes wide with wonder.  She is a happy girl and wakes up smiling.  She has learned how to quickly roll from back to tummy but often gets frustrated when she becomes stuck on her tummy.  We all took turns flipping her over only for her to promptly turn back on her tummy. 
Like her Grandma, she is a nature girl.  She loves to go outdoors and watch the trees.  There is so much to listen to- cicadas singing and dogs barking the sound of the wind in the trees.  Our days were punctuated with visits to the deck to see what was going on outside.  One day when it was raining I opened the sliding glass door to the deck just so that she could smell the rain.
We also walked nearly every day.  The last time I was out for a visit, she would fall asleep immediately in her stroller when we started out on our walks.  This time she seemed to fight sleep.  There is so much to see!
When we were indoors we played with all of her toys and read books.  I don't often watch television, but I do enjoy HGTV.  My granddaughter doesn't watch much television, either, but she was certainly taken with the light and sound of it.  I would smile just watching her look at the television with rapt attention. 
She loves music and never tires of her toys that make noise or play songs.  Music can quiet her when she is fussy.  Some of her favorite songs are the "ABC song" and "You are my Sunshine."  This Grandma likes to sing Barbra Streisand's "Queen Bee" to her.  "Queen Bee" has always been one of my favorites songs- ever since I first learned it in high school.  My granddaughter's middle name is Bee...so I think it will always be our special song that I sing to her.
She is the light and joy of my life.  When we are together, time seems to stand still.  When it is just the two of us, hanging out, it is the best.  And time seems to rush by and before I know it, the days have flown by and it is time for Grandma to return home. 

10 comments:

Donna said...

"She is the light and joy of my life" you write. How lovely. This is the majesty of being a grandparent.
I am in awe and envy when I hear grandmothers say this as their voices lift high when speaking of their grandchildren.
This is what I look forward to most about the future.
Once, many years ago, Marie Osmond was interviewed and she said her top goal in life was to be the best grandmother ever. What a worthy pursuit. And a beautiful one. How much better we all are from having splendid, loving grandparents.
I'm sure Natalie will soon be saying "I have the best grandma ever."

Donna said...

"She is the light and joy of my life" you write. How lovely. This is the majesty of being a grandparent.
I am in awe and envy when I hear grandmothers say this as their voices lift high when speaking of their grandchildren.
This is what I look forward to most about the future.
Once, many years ago, Marie Osmond was interviewed and she said her top goal in life was to be the best grandmother ever. What a worthy pursuit. And a beautiful one. How much better we all are from having splendid, loving grandparents.
I'm sure Natalie will soon be saying "I have the best grandma ever."

MamaMonki said...

What a blessing that you get to enjoy these moments with her. They go so fast - store them up and treasure them!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. kids have that effect, making you feel young and fun..i know my boys do that to me...love being out in nature with them as well...

Holly said...

What a wonderful Grandma you are. Such a lucky, beautiful baby girl.

Karen said...

What a nice post, she will read this some day and smile for sure.

Joycee said...

Too sweet! I agree totally, being with them is so much fun. Enjoy every moment cause you know, they grow up fast. Our oldest Grandson is 17 now, but I still remember him as a little boy making cookies with Nana!

Kris said...

Good morning! Isn't being a Grandma just the best thing ever? I wish you could live near your granddaughter to see her every day.
Okay...so you think you have two roos? Really? Have they cockadoodledooed yet? Ham is still iffy. But no loud morning announcements have taken place as of yet. About the nest box and ladder. Yes, if you put it up off the ground, you need to have a way for them to access it. I had a box on the ground for the little "B's" and they used it too. I don't think they are too fussy. I need pics of your girls!!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

She is just ADORABLE!!! I love that you get to spend time with her.

And I love Queen Bee. My grandfather used to sing *Climb Climb up sunshine mountain to me* I still remember it.

Snappy Di said...

Just a bundle of sweetness at that age, aren't they... so full of discovery. :-)

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