|Picture by CB Schaefer.|
My grandson spent Saturday and Sunday with me. I drove to Jasper to get him early Saturday morning and returned him to his mama at the same K-Mart parking lot late Sunday afternoon. I love weekends with my grandson.
I love the opportunities I get to spend with an infant. It's been a long time. I always thought I'd have more kids...until my one-and-only became a somewhat out-of-control teen. Then I was pretty sure I never wanted another baby. Not to mention, I've been single since before Jeff was two...there was no way I wanted to be the single parent of more than one! But I have to say, it's a real joy to get to spend so much time with a baby, tending to their every need, watching their expressions, and being the one to calm them when they're upset.
The fact that I love this little baby is just icing on the cake. I LOVE the young Mr. Callan Frederick. He's just a durn sweetie! And really, he's such a good baby. A little demanding when he's hungry. But hey, who isn't? But he's a good eater and a good sleeper. He's easy to comfort and watches my mouth when I sing to him. I truly enjoy spending time with him.
BUT... he exhausts me. I'm just not in good enough shape to get up and down every time I need to change his diaper or his clothes. (I just lay him on the floor since I don't have a changing table.) Getting only 3-4 hours of sleep at a time is hard on this body that doesn't sleep well even without that kind of alarm clock. I'm not accustomed to carrying all of his things around, let alone a 10 pound baby in a carrier. And being available to his every beck and call, I put everything else on the back burner. So I get absolutely nothing else done.
I don't know how I did it when Jeff was an infant! Well, except that I was 22 years younger than I am now. That probably had a lot to do with it. But then, I was active duty and a single parent...both full-time jobs. Now, I'm wiped out after caring for Callan for just the weekend. I'm definitely getting old!
But let me be clear... it is well worth it. I want to know my grandson and I want him to know me. I LOVE this quality time that we get to spend together. And I can't wait to do it again!