Our 7 year old granddaughter ended up in the hospital this week. I’m VERY happy to report that she is improving hourly. It was probably something viral. Because of this, her parents are at the hospital with her and Grampa and I get the privilege of having her sister stay with us.
Taylor Grace is one of the most exceptional children I’ve met. Okay, I know. That’s the Grandmother in me speaking. However, at the age of 15 months, she has spent the last 36 hours mesmerizing me. I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like because they live a ways away.
So she amazed me first when, after picking her up at 11PM at night and bringing her home, she showed complete trust in me and fell quickly back to sleep. And she woke up the next morning without fussing. In fact, she was a ray of sunshine.
Now, the glitch to the day was that, as an author, I needed to give a talk to a local club about writing romances. It was a 1.5 hour meeting in a banquet hall and we took little Taylor with us. She was the hit of the gathering and remained very well behaved. By now, it’s 1:30PM and she has not had a nap. Plus she didn’t get her usual sleep the night before.
We then headed off to a relative’s house so my husband could do a quick repair, and Taylor wrapped herself around my aunt’s heart in no time flat.
“Want a cracker?”
After that one cracker, Taylor remembered. Each time she wanted another one, she would go to my aunt, then go stand in front of the cupboard with the crackers and wait. Each time, she got a cracker.
By now, it’s 3PM and Taylor still hasn’t had a nap. She’s happy, active, and hasn’t thrown a single fit. So we stopped by my father’s assisted living apartment and she WOWS the place.
4PM – still happy.
Finally, we got back home. No more car seat. She can run from one end of the house to another. And she did. Except for the half hour she spends eating dinner, she runs, walks, climbs. She hadn’t seen her Mom or Dad or sisters in over 24 hours (she has listened to them on the phone). And she is so amazingly happy still.
Even bath time was fun. Well, except for the washcloth full of water she tossed at me. Still, her giggle at my shock made it all worthwhile. By 8:30PM, our granddaughter was sound asleep after managing to humble me with her intelligence and her good humor.
It wasn’t all wine and roses. I did spend about an hour cleaning up toys and high chairs and doing dishes. But it was SO worth it.
Oh, I hear her waking in the other room. Time to go, but I’d love to hear your baby stories. Does anyone have any amazing or humorous 1 year old stories they’d like to share? Because this Gramma has done enough bragging for one day.