Our 4 1/2 yr old granddaughter Angie is having a bit of a tough time, sharing the lime light with her younger sister Jenny. That is not at all unusual but still it is hard to watch. I remember my own kids having the same struggle when a brother or sister were born, but life was so busy then, I am not sure I realized maybe how hard it can be, for the one who has had much of the attention and now has to share that attention with another.
I asked Amy when Angie and I could plan a Sleep Over. So last night ( Sunday ) was the night. Angie came over around 6:00 and we had her favorite dinner ( fish and potatoes ), then we put on our jammies and watched a movie and ate popcorn. Mostly she hung out with Uncle Lee that time too. Then after the nightly routine we got her bed all made up in Lauren's room and said goodnight. I told her I would be in there later to sleep with her. She was so excited about the Sleep Over, she just couldn't go to sleep. Finally around 11:15 p.m. I slipped into the room and climbed into bed, only to her Angie's little voice say "Nana, I am doing really good aren't I?" She meant at sleeping, I laughed and said "if you don't go to sleep pretty soon, your Mommy isn't going to let us have another Sleep Over." After she knew I was in the room, I guess she knew she had better go to sleep.
Now she is a great sleeper, but I forgot what it was like to sleep with a little one in the room. I must have woken up 5-6 times, checking to see if she was warm enough and alright. Funny, those Motherhood instincts are never too far away.
For breakfast we had homemade waffles and berries. After breakfast we got dressed and she helped me do my chores. I forgot how fun it is to do anything ...when your little ones are around. As Angie told me stories and we talked about different things, I have to say that I kept having flashbacks of Amy and I doing some of the same things when she was little. It is weird to think that now I am the grandmother (Nana) and not the Mom. Angie in many ways looks like Amy when she was little, except Angie has red hair.
The rest of the day was spent making homemade fruit roll ups, sewing some (pop corn printed) flannel pajamas for her to use at the next Sleep over. Then we watched a movie, had more popcorn and then read a book and lastly went to the store. What a full and fun day. I truly love being a Nana. I guess I shouldn't have worried about getting older, because being a Nana is worth it all! I can't wait till Jenny gets older and she can have a Sleep Over with Nana too!
Boy, am I tired! Night dear friends.
"A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance." ~ Author Unknown
"A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do." ~ Lois Wyse
"Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete."
~ Marcy DeMaree