Nothing quite like a grandchild
MY HUSBAND and I got to play full-time nanny and poppy to our grandson for a few days while our daughter was in hospital.
I already know how precious my grandchild is and I will brag about him to anyone who has the patience to listen, but I now realise what importance the role of being a grandparent has and just how influential a role we play in our grandchildren’s lives.
My grandson Clancy is at that age when he just soaks everything up like a sponge.
He knows that Nanny is the food provider and the sleep time boss and Poppy is the playground of nothing else but pure fun.
He knows which one of us he can wrap around his finger and at what time and he knows that routine is a must.
He is very quickly learning that his family is crazy and that won’t change any time soon.
But the amazing part of the past week was just how much my grandchild has taught me.
In fact, I have discovered that I have a new seven commandments to adhere to.
Be slow to anger – if it gets spilled, it can be cleaned up.
Take lots of photos, I mean lots of photos – they grow up too quickly.
You really can survive on little sleep – because that morning smile they give you sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Being a grandparent is not always sunshine and roses – that moment when they go home and say goodbye just rips apart your heart.
It is even better than you’ve heard – while there are those moments of heartbreak, the blessing and the joy is, honestly, not able to be put into words.
You grandparent so differently to the way you parented – nothing is off limits.
And number one – love your grandchild with all your heart… but remember that they are not yours.
Oh, and in case you were wondering why my daughter was in hospital this past week, I am proud to announce the birth of our first little grand-daughter, Elsie Rose Willett.
A tiny bundle of joy that has melted our hearts all over again.
Mother Teresa once said, “The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small.”
Well, little Elsie, you have no problems with our circle being too small. It is with much love that we welcome you to our huge, extended, slightly crazy family.
You and your brother are the most special gift ever given… and just quietly, if I had known our grandchildren were going to be so precious, I would have had them first.