a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Saturday, November 19, 2016

baby steps

Hard to believe, but the wee one turned 9 months old last Tuesday.  He's crawling and doing this and that and cruising around the furniture.  He's getting ready to want to take those baby steps from one couch to the other. You can see him reaching his arm out to the other couch, about 12 inches apart. Not enough for him to reach it, but he wants to get there. He's just not yet brave enough to take that first tentative step. I thought he wouldn't be walking until he was a year old, but I think it will be closer to 11 months, just based on what he's doing and how he's developing.  

Its fun to watch his progress in his development. With my own kids, I was wanting them to walk, talk, etc., and wanted it sooner than later. I know there's a skill set they have to learn to get to the next step. I can "breathe" easier with him because I'm "just" the grandmother and I'm wiser. I know he will walk (eventually), talk (when he's ready), etc., so I can enjoy watching those steps he needs to take to where he needs to be to do the next step he is ready to do (did you follow that??) Lots of steps going on.

And I want to stay not only is he making and taking baby steps, but I am too. I loved each and every comment that was left on my last post. So many thoughtful suggestions and loving care. So many others hurting this time of year too.

Baby steps I've made for Christmas this  year.

We decided to put up Christmas lights outside. Mind you, it will be one strand in a small area, but its the first time in a few years (5 to be exact).

We went to Home Depot and bought the lights and will put them up on Thanksgiving.

We even looked at artificial trees and guess what? We bought one!

I was actually in the Christmas section of a store and I wasn't in a panic mode or filled with dread. Believe you me, that is a big baby step.

Tree will go up first Saturday of December. The step granddaughter will be over and we'll set it up with her and decorate it.  

The wee one's parents won't need us next weekend for child watching due to their work schedules, so we are 'getting out of Dodge for a few days'. Taking a mini trip Friday through Sunday.  If it is noteworthy I'll blog about it upon my return. I'll be on the tablet while we are gone so if my comments are short, its because its harder to type on it than the regular desktop.  

Wishing each and everyone of you, who I truly do love and thank you for reading my writings and responding in comments, a most Thankful Happy Thanksgiving. Appreciate all you have and be grateful for it all. Each and everyone of us is truly blessed in so many wonderful ways.


40 comments:

Birgit said...

Good for you to make this effort which is a struggle. I'm glad you have a little bit of lights outside and got a tree. The kids will love it and that little one will just be mesmerized by the lights.

baili said...

when my kids were babies i wanted them to learn sooner but now when they are [one on job] [tow in school] grown i secretly want them be little slow in their development so they can be with me little longer .
i know i am being selfish but it is just a wish hidden beneath my many effort to support them in their struggles .

really glad that you broke the ice and get along with your little one in his lovely tiny steps .
love you for this dear

Blue Grumpster said...

I've been thinking about buying a fake um I mean artificial tree myself, but I just don't have the space to store that thing. So either it's going to be a tiny one or I will need to buy me a real one once again. No, I'm not stressed out. That would be stupid. ;)

No, this year, like last year, the holidays are all going to about peace and no shopping malls whatsoever.

Have a great Sunday, betty.

Sally said...

It sounds as though the young ones in your family are helping you transition through your ordeals to finding peace at this time of year. Baby steps are the way to go.

Bijoux said...

Wow, Betty, those seem like bigger steps than just baby steps! I hope you enjoy the tree and lights, but mostly, have a wonderful getaway. I do hope you post about it. Thanks for your kind wishes and have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Jo said...

Glad you have felt able to obtain lights and a tree. Enjoy your mini trip "out of Dodge". Have a great Thanksgiving. Used to enjoy that holiday when I lived in the States.

Pat Hatt said...

You sure don't mess around with baby steps haha good for you. Artificial trees are way less fuss. Hope a great thanksgiving is had at your pad.

Adam said...

I don't have an electrical outlet for outside, to my wife's disappointment. She wants lights and something that can inflate up in the yard

Joanne Noragon said...

My sister and brother in law directed my Christmas for the last thirty years. Last Christmas was the beginning of the end at that house, and when we moved in July we didn't even ask for any of the Christmas stuff, though a lot of it was my sister's and my childhood. Laura is excited about acquiring our own "Christmas" and I told her to select what makes her happy; it will be hers. Like you, I will enjoy putting it together.

jack69 said...

There is absolutely NOTHING compared to watching a child grow, especially if the dude is a GRAND!
'Get of of Dodge' my sister's favorite saying when they started the RV life.


Funny the little things that cause a flood of memories.

Good fo you on the Christmas TREE. Now I guess we should try it. (BIG SMILE)

Mevely317 said...

What a wonderful analogy you've shared, Betty. Watching the wee one's "firsts" must be such a joy!

We've still not come to a decision on putting up our (artificial) tree. Frankly, it's massive and I'm worried one of the curious, eager pups might knock it down and squish themselves. Plus, Christmas is really all about the little ones. Lucky you, getting to witness their excitement!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It sounds so exciting with your grandson, Betty! What joy that must bring to witness those 'firsts'.

And wonderful about taking your own baby steps to once again enjoying that Christmas spirit. Children have a way of bringing that peace into our lives!

Have fun on your mini trip!

Ann Bennett said...

Ah, you're just bragging about that professional eleven year old tree trimmer. They do make a beautiful tree. Take care.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Such exciting steps all around! Glad you are getting to enjoy watching the wee one take his first steps and it is more relaxing for you then when you were the mom. :) Grandmas do get to have more fun!

A big congrats to you for taking such big steps towards celebrating Christmas. I know it isn't easy, but you made a LOT of progress.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and have fun away.

Chatty Crone said...

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great trip. I think what you are saying is when you have little ones - Christmas becomes more exciting again - I feel the same way.

Maria Zannini said...

Sounds like you're both taking baby steps. You won't regret giving your grandbaby a magical Christmas. As the years go by you'll be creating memories he'll cherish the rest of his life.

As much as I liked family Christmases, it was the visits to my grandma that were extra special.

Paula Kaye said...

I think it sounds like you are taking giant strides along with the baby steps. That is what I'm trying to do. Christmas has never been a favorite for me but I must pretend for the kiddos! Happy Thanksgiving Betty!!

Debby said...

Sounds like a good plan

Joanne said...

Proud of your baby steps. Safe travels and have fun Then back for the Dec onslaught. Deep breaths and more baby steps- throw in hot chocolate or festive bubbly. It shall be a grand month!!

Susan Kane said...

Being a grandparent is beyond great. No laundry to worry about, toilets to clean--just holding that precious child and thinking how utterly amazing they are.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

We have an artificial tree and we love it. No needles to clean up, and we don't have to put the lights on every year because they're already on it.

Melanie said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Denise said...

A new baby changes everything. I really enjoy decorating for the kids. When mine were small I had two trees. This year I bought a train to go under the tree and I found a Christmas sock with a dinosaur on it for Charlie. I am happy you are getting in the spirit again.

Saleslady371 said...

Good for you, Betty. You are not alone when it comes to stepping out and taking those first baby steps! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We are traveling too. San Diego, to spend the holiday with the kids!

Liz A. said...

Glad you'll be able to get out of town for a bit. And a little bit of Christmas. That's good. Just do what you can handle. Happy Thanksgiving.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I'm so glad you're able to take some baby steps to enjoy Christmas a little more this year! Maybe the little guy and the step granddaughter are exactly what you needed.

I hope you have a great trip, and a very happy Thanksgiving!

Intense Guy said...

Baby steps all around!!

Have a marvelous Thanksgiving day - we've a lot to be thankful for.

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like some good little steps. Two of my children were early walkers and zipping around before ten months.
Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with joy and peace.

Mary Degli Esposti said...

I think your baby-steps are a little bit larger than "baby.'
Hope you had a dodge-less good time.

Lowcarb team member said...

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving ...

All the best Jan

Elizabeth said...

Ever since I took a class on early childhood development in college, it has fascinated me. I enjoy observing my friends' kids and seeing where they are with their motor skills and cognitive development. I'm glad to see that you are taking baby steps with Christmas, I've been thinking of you in my prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

weekend-windup said...

Really it would be enjoyable to see the growth in kids and how they get changed. Happy to read that you have started the Christmas decorations.
:)

Victoria Zigler said...

That's great, both about your baby steps in Christmas preparations, and your grandson's progress.

Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your trip away.

SweetMarie said...

nine months already?? time just flies! sounds like your home is starting to look like Christmas. :)
hope you enjoy your trip! be safe!

Linda said...

Nice step. Enjoy getaway. Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda said...

Been getting bad request error 400 all of a sudden the past 3 posts. Read not to "preview" and it would work, it did work! I'm still around. Take care!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Having a wee one always helps us to get into the spirit of things. Enjoy your time away and do something crazy so you can blog about it!!! I'll be waiting to read all about it ;-) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Betty. God bless!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Nine months, I can't believe it! You bought a tree I'm so excited for you. Hope your trip is going well. Take care and God Bless.
Debby

Secret Agent Woman said...

I do nothing for Christmas until December 1st, the start of Advent. Until then, I am celebrating fall and Thanksgiving. Next weekend I'll put out lights and get a tree to decorate. Right now - I'm still enjoying autumn.

Nas said...

Baby steps are the way to go. All the best. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!