Grandmothers and belly buttons

Sunday, September 02, 2012

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. emoticon

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 I have decided that grandma's are now out of date, have become outdated software if you will.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.
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  • DEBBIE1031
    Congratulations! I can sympathize with you on getting news from facebook. It happens to me all the time. Not necessarily news of the grandchildren but other family news. I wish my grandmother had been around when my children were little. I treasure my "grandmother memories/"
    We get our grandchildren for a couple of hours, 2 days a week after work, so we are pretty much involved in their lives. I love it, they are 8 and 3, The oldest gets bored at Nana's. So we have a trampoline, with the safety screen and a kiddie pool. Need ideas for winter.
    We have new cell phones and if you hit the wrong button the "App" page comes up. I have no idea what to do with an app, so I just close the page before I buy something I don't want. We don't have internet on the phones we just wanted something with a bigger screen so we could see the thing.

    I always love reading your blogs.
    2111 days ago
    Congratulations on becoming a Grandmother! I can commiserate with being replaced by a phone app! Sometimes this younger generation is too wrapped up in their technology to appreciate the wisdom of their elders! Like you are probably doing, I just grin and bear it, figuring that some day they will remember that "Mom Knows Best!" (smile)
    2119 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/2/2012 10:04:32 PM
    Neither one of my daughters are on Faceebook regularly so I'm spared that route of communication. They still believe in pickng up the telephone and talking. One seems to always call during dinner so we joke about that.

    I'm just hopelessly behind the times I guess. emoticon emoticon
    2119 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Yep! That's why I joined Facebook...to keep up with the kids and grandkids! emoticon
    2119 days ago
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