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Saturday, unexpected joy.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today, I called my niece and invited her to come for Eggs Benedict and also bring over her meat slicer, so we could cut up the big ham I got on sale yesterday... so that was the start to our day.

Her son called and needed someone to relieve him from his child care resp., since niece had other plans, she talked me (winningly) into volunteering for a 2 hr. stint with almost 1 y.o. Roy. Long story short, after spending 3 hrs. at her house, I finally got babe and came to my house... Since the little guy was given to me with no hat, mitts or socks on, I was quite concerned. I tried to figure out what to do for the sock thing, and cut a pair of my fluffy ones that fall down and sewed them right onto the cuffs of his snow suit, so they won't get lost. Then I took the little "grow mitts" I knitted this week, crocheted a "safety string" and tied it to the loop inside the snowsuit, so they won't get lost either. And the sweater and toque I made him for Christmas went home with him today.

So, he's quite developmentally delayed, I don't know if it's due to lack of stimulation or what, but he is so cheerful and such a happy little guy. Did he ever love Buddy? Buddy's nose got a little out of joint, but Roy laughed out loud at him...

Anyway, considering maybe committing to a couple afternoons a week spending time with him. Gotta think on this, whether it's straight respite, or if it will be some parenting modeling. I talked with my sis, the gramma and she gave me some ideas too. She's the one liveing 5000 km away and her dh's fighting cancer, so sounds like I am in the right place at the right time... just have to set and maintain my own personal boundaries and not allow them to take advantage, I can be his auntie, but I am not his gramma!!!

Interesting day... now I have some more knitting to do with a size in mind so he is well outfitted for winter....
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JULIAMOONCHILD 12/2/2013 11:38AM

    Ditto to the advice given by VKKESU!!!
Keep everything on a "don't call ON me, I will call you ........when I'm wanting to babysit and have free time".

If you start out on that right foot, the line in the sand will be clear for everyone involved.

Now having said that, what a precious jewel you are! God love ya for taking care of him and making sure that he was not only going to keep warm and cozy that day, but that his needs were now fastened onto his snowsuit where they could not be lost.

You gave a gift of love and God loves you all the more for your having done so.
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VKKESU 12/1/2013 6:06PM

    Be up front and let them know that once in a while you'd love to spend time with him. You will let them know when it's good for you. Only set a routine time and day if it works for you or it becomes such a habit for them that they expect it.

This will be good for you both , just have your limits and it will also give them a bit of time to have without the baby . My mom and dad kept my baby for every weekend . It was all their choice not ours. lol My kids benefited from it as did the grandparents.

Dogs can be wonderful , but if he isn't used to babies he may need his space after a while. Many really good dogs have bitten kids due to the kids not being gentle enough and not knowing the signs that the dog is done playing.

Enjoy your time with him and I'm sure you two will have a special bond before to long !!

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GAILANN48 12/1/2013 8:35AM

    You have such a giving heart, Lila. And yes, perhaps you are in this space and time for just this purpose - what you're adding to this little one's life can be immeasurable.

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TOPSBEAR 12/1/2013 7:40AM

    Sounds like you are well on your way to falling in love with this little fellow! And also sounds like a way to fill time in something that would make you feel needed. emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 12/1/2013 7:36AM

    Lila, I know how we love babies, but...how much can we bite off? It's something I have to thing about: Sherry realizes she has to come back from Nova Scotia to Michigan to have the baby. She would have to stay with us at first. Actually, I'm not sure how it will turn out - technically it is her condo. She's talking of moving about 45 minutes north of here and Tim's talking about moving to a place that's only got a ground floor - this condo is an upstairs unit. I finally broke down and started doing things for me and life presents so many changes! I know you are doing things that you are enjoying, How much do you want to give up?

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BEEJAY49 12/1/2013 4:40AM

    You had a wonderful day! :) HUGS!

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TERRI289 12/1/2013 12:49AM

    That little guy is so lucky to have you!!!! emoticon

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KAYDE53 11/30/2013 11:20PM

    Sounds like that might be of great benefit to Roy!! Seems like babies emoticon usually love dogs and like to watch them.

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