Back in February, we were there in the hospital when he arrived.
In fact, we parked the Roadrunner in Virginia Beach there in Dec and stayed until the first part of April. We got to spend time with the expectant mother and father and help out once he arrived.
Wow - He's a game changer! Over the years it has been fun watching our friends turn into grandparents. It has been a time of growth and lots of fun. I remember 'older people' changing into grandparents and 'catch it'. You know -- talk lots and lots about him, go shopping for him, coddle and hold him, change the diapers, go for walks, talk with him, etc etc.
Over time we had forgotten what it was like to be around the little ones. Often times it is a mystery exactly what he needs/wants and how to make him comfortable or quit crying. And it is a lot of hard work. --- All the obvious things you'd expect to hear.
On top of that - it is pure JOY being a grandparent.
The wonder of this little creature and he grows and changes. I think he is on a 3 day growth cycle. I stare and him and swear he has changed right before my eyes in the last 3 days. And it happens again and again. What a WONDER.
It strikes me how universal this idea of a grandchild is. No matter where you live (assuming the basics are taken care of) it doesn't matter about titles or socio/economic status -- these babies bring JOY!
In the early days of Brooks arrival, we got to spend time over at his place but he slept a lot. We went with Kelly on walks around the neighborhood and held him and enjoyed that stage during his first six weeks.
We left him in April and saw him again in August.
He was learning to crawl in August and now is almost walking. He has the bumps and bruises to show for his efforts. And he eats well. Don't think I have ever seen one that loves to eat like him. He doesn't care for the diaper change because he sometime has diaper rash.
Right now he is the friendliest little guy I've seen. He doesn't cling, is fine around people and has a knack for music. It is awesome to watch him be mesmerized by Rockabye Lullabies on Pandora.
He has his own pan and wooden spoon that he keeps the beat with. And he has a little piano he bangs away on.
He also likes his jumping seat. It has a few things for him to grab and play with but mostly he gets to jump up and down.
And he still likes to go on walks. Here he and I had a long walk around the block a few times. He was supposed to go down for his late afternoon nap but decided against it.
A big highlight of the day for him is when daddy comes home from work and he gets to hang out some before dinner.
One of his favorite toys is his little car that grandma is pushing. He really feels like a big boy when he gets on this thing.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!