|my daughter with her daughter|
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.