On Junly 11th, I became a grandmother for the first time. Our little miracle, Mykelti Rae was born and we couldn't be prouder. I told my son, if you ever have any questions, call me.
About 3 weeks ago, in the middle of the afternoon, I got a phone call. It was my son Mike who sounded a bit shook up. I asked what was going on and I was told he had a "mom" question for me. OK, I thought, how bad can this be? He went on to ask "Mom, the black thing attached to Mykelti's belly button just fell off, what do I do?". With a bit of a smile on my face I said, "throw it out or put it in her baby book". He came back with, "well, there's a little green stuff there, won't her guts come out?". Now remember, this is a 30 yr old man, only child, never dealt with babies before. I assured him it was normal and natural and no, her guts would not fall out all over. I got off the phone and roared!
Yesterday, I read on FB, that my grand daughter had a very bad cold, so much so, she had trouble breathing during the night and my daughter in law said she even stopped breathing a couple of times. Concerned, I called to see if she was ok. No answer, left a voice mail. A couple of hours later, I made another call, got voicemail again, left a message. A few minutes later got a text from the child telling me the "baby just has a cold". Just a cold???? I read that she had problems breathing and actually had 2 incidents of apnea and it's "just a cold". I sent a text asking if they had a bulb syringe to suction her nose and a suggestion about making a cold tent, using a vaporizer and a sheet over the crib to help her breath easier. No response. Nothing.
I have since found out that they have decided that grandma doesn't know, that the info they get from this phone app they have is much better. Of course, this is the same phone app that told them to only feed her 1oz at a time. As a result, she was underfed the first week of life.
What is it with kids???? WHen does experience get trumped by internet apps and friends advice? (friends with no kids or new parents themselves). I have decided that grandma's are now out of date, have become outdated software if you will. I get more info from FB than the kids. And I'm not one to pry or call with suggestions all the time. I'm pretty hands off. Don't want to alienate the DIL. Things have changed since I had Mike or when I was a child. Grandma always had the answers. She had a few kids, had seen a lot. Now we're replaced by "apps". Oh well, guess that's the younger generation. I've been replaced by an app! Now I better check FB to see how Mykelti is doing.