Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Shhhhh, He's Sleeping

       Another day spent watching my grandson, who is napping right now as I write this.  In fact, I snuck in to take this picture a few minutes ago.  Of course, the flash going off woke him up but I just used it as an excuse to tuck him in better and let him drift back off to dreamland.

      Tuesdays are the day I watch my eldest grandson, Grant.  He's a cutie, isn't he?

       Hmmmm, looking at this picture too reminds me that I forgot to wash the peanut butter and jelly off his little mug after lunch.  *Sigh*  And he's not wearing his shirt because it got soaked when he and I were watering my vegetable garden out back.  His shorts are a little wet too but I figured his diaper probably works both ways, right?

       This is the fourth or fifth time I've watched him.  The first two times grandma Wendy helped to watch him to build my confidence.  It's been a long time since I've taken care of anyone under the age of three.

       I'm prepared though, having recorded 14 episodes of his favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the DVR.  We also usually visit what Grant calls "the castle", a large play structure at a local park.  Then the library is only a few blocks away, which has puppets, toys and large stuffed animals.  Books too but his interest in those usually lags behind.  We read one book today, which he picked out and happened to be the same book he picked out last time.  It's not even an interesting story.

      We also play outside, his favorite game being basketball.  I put his little basketball hoop up near the driveway so we both can shoot baskets, him with his little toy b-ball hoop and me with the backboard and net set up on the garage.  "I'm going to shoot three baskets," is his usual comment, though I don't understand why three is such an important number to him.  Heck, that wouldn't even put him in double figures if he were playing a real game.

      Then along comes a plane which is always interesting enough to interrupt play to check out.  And before long he's dragging out footballs, softballs, a volleyball . . . anything round that's involved with a sport.  And he likes me to turn my bike upside down so I can spin the wheels really fast.  Sometimes I'll press a cardboard flap against the tire or spokes to imitate the sound of a motorcycle.

      But I heard him say "Owwwww" after he put his own hand on the spinning wheel.  Guess I should have seen that one coming.  Bumpa's still learning.  At least he didn't try to grap the spinning spokes.  That would have been worse.

      Well, I best check on him again as I heard him whimper and stir.  I promised him a cookie or a donut if he took a good nap.  Nothing wrong with that, right?





Blogger Carine Nadel said...

one of the joys of grandparenting Dave. He looks so cute!

We're looking forward to having another baby to enjoy ourselves. In fact-went to a class on nursing w/ our daughter-in-law last night. amazing-here's this woman scaring and throwing out info to these young women for over 3 hours.

They weren't the only ones overwhelmed...

12:21 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--They do take a lot of energy to care for. It must sound scary to some when I talk about caring for Grant. Like yesterday when I almost went down for a nap before he did (I was nodding off in my chair while he was eating his lunch by the TV).

9:11 AM  
Blogger Carine Nadel said...

lol-on the flip of that Dave. I have the "fun" of working on Dyl's reading-2 days running, rather than just read the primers HE picked out-he fell asleep w/ Lucky on top of him w/ her head buried in his neck.

Yesterday: 2 hours
today: uh-oh! he fell asleep and I wrote and article. realized that he had been snoring for 3-1/2 hours!!!

btw-he's still trying to get out of reading that very small and easy book.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Ahhhh...what a great little fellow! And you're enjoying every moment spent with him...and I'll bet the feeling is mutual. :)

2:27 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--Luckily I can just let Grant do whatever he wants, pretty much. He should be letting me read to him more and not watching so much Mickey Mouse on television though.

LEE--He loves his 'bumpa' for sure. Sometimes he cries when he has to go home. That lets me know that he enjoyed our visit.

2:41 AM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

Awww Dave glad you are able to spend this quality one on one time with the tyke.. I know he will wear you out but you sure will love it. He will have great memories too. Nice getting an update here. Have fun!! :-)

8:45 AM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

What a wonderful time you're having! I'm envious! My grands are all over 12 now, and I miss the wee stages.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

This spam is starting to annoy me again. Blogger had been blocking nearly all of it but not anymore. And Google Chrome isn't making it any easier with their own little quirks.

CAROLDEE--I hope I can have a positive impact on my grandson's childhood. I read somewhere that nobody 100 years from now will remember the wealth you collected or your own personal accomplishments, but make a difference in a child's life and it lasts forever. Or something like that.

LYNILU--Sometimes I do wish he'd grow up just a bit so that at least his attention span would be longer.

6:45 AM  

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