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Saturday, 13 September 2014

GRANDPA BABY WATCHES GRANDSON, PETER




Well, just look at this little chap!!!

The apple of his Grandpa's eye!!

10.5 months old and almost 21 lbs of muscle, bone and sinew . . . . with a voracious appetite and a lot to say for himself . . . . albeit in baby language.


He doesn't seem that bothered at the moment about sitting in a girl's pink high chair, borrowed from a good friend.  He knows he is one of the boys and enjoyed the joke Grandpa told him . . . . but shhh!  . . . don't tell Mummy!

Lisa, his mummy, has started a one year Post Graduate Certificate in Education and I was asked if I would look after Peter for Thursdays and Fridays, and her mother will do the same for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Well, I have just done my first two days and as you can see from the photo Peter says I have passed my test with flying colours.



Thursday

Peter arrived on the doorstep at 7.30 am on Thursday and beamed as soon as he saw me and held his little hands out to greet me.  Lisa handed him over and brought a few baby things inside, including nappies (diapers), wipes, and lots of baby toys and several baby books.  My house looks like a nursery now . . . . lol.  

He promptly dismissed his mum and waved her goodbye and I carried him back to the front door, banged the door knocker and said, "Wake up Grandpa . . . . . wake up!  . . . Peter is here!!!  He had not a clue what I was saying but proceeded to bang the door knocker and squealed for joy.   I had decided to make his days total fun . . . and to teach him things, stimulate him and make him laugh.

Peter is no stranger to me . . . in previous weeks I had looked after him just for a few hours so he could get used to being with just me and there was never the slightest problem.

I carried him to the hall mirror and said, "Who's that?  And he laughed when he saw the reflection of us.  

Into the kitchen/diner area where Maria's rocking chair is situated.  He just loved that and managed to rock it himself under supervision, surrounded by all his toys which soon ended on the floor:



On a worktop is a stereo radio and I taught him to switch it on and out came a glorious rendition of a J.S.Bach Brandenburg Concerto - he loved it and started bouncing up and down to the music and waving his arms like an eccentric conductor.  He quickly learned the words 'Radio', 'Clock' and 'Lights' . . . and always pointed to the right one.  He then promptly learned where Grandpa's nose is and he 'bopped' me a few times on it.

It was then time for breakfast and boy, did he 'knock' some food back - I have never seen anything like it:



Two whole Weetabix soaked in whole milk . . . . He was still hungry . . . . . A full piece of toast with low salt butter and Marmite with the crusts cut off . . . . demolished!!   Still hungry . . . . . cheese cubes . . . . yum yum!  . . . then some blueberries which he loves.  All washed down with water.

And I was rewarded with what . . . . . . a dirty nappy . . . . gee thanks Peter!
The first one I had dealt with for 22 years yet he was considerate for it was not too offensive . . . lol

Then playtime with Grandpa for an hour and I saw him getting tired.  I have a travel cot in my lounge (living room) but I thought I would sit with him in the rocking chair and sing some nursery songs to him.  No-one has every rocked him to sleep but I wanted to because it is a new place for him and I wanted him to be totally secure.  I held him close and rocked the rocking chair and sang the nursery songs in the most boring tone and way I could which did sent him off to sleep and almost me as well.

I transferred him to his cot and his eyes opened but closed them again and he rolled over on his side with his sleep doll and he stayed asleep for almost 2 hours.



Shhh! 

Then play and book reading and having fun . . . . into the high chair and help Grandpa eat his belated breakfast and for Peter to drink some formula .




A right little bookworm he is turning out to be . . . . 



Ooops!  . . . .  perhaps not a good  idea to eat it . . . 

It's time to go for a walk . . . .  so into the buggy and off we go. 



"Come on Grandpa . . . . show me off to some of your friends."

And so I did.  We walked (or I walked) for miles and he was gurgling all the way and we stopped in the park to look at the ducks.  "Quack!  Quack!"

Result and reward for Grandpa when we got home !!!!  . . . . one of the most offensive nappies I have ever had the misfortune to come across - much worse than his dad's . . . .  . . .  . it must have been those Weetabix . . . lol.

That serves you right! Grandpa!  


I'll tell you about Friday soon. 

For Peter fans . . . I have another post on him HERE



I am having a rest from the Weekend Quotations but will return to them in due course, plus more ambulance stories to come soon.  

Also, I have not had time to get round to your blogs lately - hope to do so soon.




73 comments:

  1. He is ADORABLE. I loved reading this, Eddie! You are a born grandfather, and what a blessing you are to each other!

    xo

    Sheila :-)

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    1. Thank you Sheila - and yes although biased I think he is adorable, perhaps hand-picked by God for us. My wife, Maria, was so looking forward to this and I hope she is enjoying him as well.

      Eddie xo . . . :)

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  2. Ha You know he is absolutely cute and funny!
    Im sure he make all he wants with you:)
    I find really cute you know!

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    1. Thank you Gloria ~ I know you love little Peter and find him cute . . .
      Yes I might just spoil him a little and the last line!! You find Peter cute or me? LOL . . . or both!! lol
      I owe you a visit on you latest post - tonight
      Cheers ~ Eddie :)

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    2. Aw heis realy cute! I love the first pic when he is smiling:)

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    3. I know Gloria - all the ladies love him to bits - I was with him tonight at a party for his other Granddad (65) and Grandma (60) - everyone went dotty about him . . . lol

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    4. A heart-breaker... just like his Granddad! ;)

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    5. He beat me hands down in that department on the night . . . . lol

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  3. Grandaddy, take a nap...you're gonna need your strength for Hurricane Peter!
    Jane x

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    1. I think you could be right, Jane . . . . . lol
      Eddie x

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  4. I love reading every word of this, Eddie.
    He is very cute, and sooooo photogenic. I think he looks like his Grandpa Eddie.
    Being a Grandparent is one of the most wonderful gifts God bestows on us. I love my Grandchildren. I can tell that you love yours, and that he loves you. Continued blessings and happiness to you!

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    1. Aw thank you Jackie. I am so glad you saw this post.
      You are absolutely right about God's gift of Grandchildren - - - - - wonderful experience.

      Eddie :)

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  5. Well done Grandpa! Excellent baby care. These new pictures have made me realise that at times he does look a bit like you did!
    Bet he really looks forward to being spoilt each Thursday and Friday! You have quite a bit of stamina, I think, to cope with a robust little chap like that! He eats more Weetabix than I do!!!!!!!
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Thanks Maggie - had a lie in today (Sat) to recover a bit ~ it is quite tiring work lol
      My problem will start when he starts walking . . . . lol
      Eddie x

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  6. lol he just leaves you offensive presents to keep you alert and wide awake
    Then in more fun and games you both can partake
    Sure tons of fun will be had those two days a week
    As more and more words you get him to speak

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    1. The second poo I said, "Oh Hell!"
      "What a horrid awful smell !"
      I got his nappy off darned quick
      Or I my have been a little sick.
      It took a while to clean him up
      He was indeed a mucky pup.
      And then when it was bagged and gone
      I couldn't get his trousers on.
      I got his jeans on over one leg
      But he kicked it off with his other peg
      He could see me work hard and graft
      And each time he did same and laughed . . .

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    2. Hi Eddie....I love this rhyme!
      He is a cutie pie for sure!
      You are brave to tackle those poops! Hahaha!
      You are doing a great "job"....hahaha!
      Cheers!
      Linda :o)

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    3. Well hello!!! Linda, and welcome into my nursery, you are so brave!!
      But you are a little late to change Peter's diapers !!!!
      I don't know - all that time at the cottage and leaving me here to manage a little baby all alone. . . . lol
      A cutie pie indeed and takes after his Grand Pappy
      Cheers ~ Eddie :)

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    4. Hello again Linda . . . . and glad to see your laughing and smiling face again.
      I expect you enjoyed your weekend at the cottage . . . . . . . . . :o)

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  7. As someone still waiting for a grandchild, I envy your time with this cute little guy. You seem to have the knack of grand parenting down to an art. Enjoy your little guy as I know you will. Take care.

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    1. Wonderful experience and they grown on you - and eventually they become so important to us. . . Enjoy yours when baby arrives . . . . Cheers ~ Eddie . . . :).

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  8. Hi Eddie, your grandson is so adorable with his sweet face and cheeks. You are a wonderful Grandpa. You know what to do. I have never heard of Weetabix....LOL Enjoy your week-end. hugs

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    1. Thank you Linda. Wheetabix are very nice but two for a little chap like that is funny . . . . .and still not enough . . .
      Enjoy your weekend too . . . . . cheers ~ Eddie :)

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  9. what a little cutie! nothing feels as good as a sleeping baby in your arms, enjoy him.

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    1. How lovely to see you here Kathy.
      I agree - I once read that cuddling a baby can increase our lifespan considerably - yes I aim to enjoy him. . . . :)

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  10. I do believe he has your nose!

    Good for you...sounds like you're a natural!

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    1. My nose . . . . lol .We pretended to swap noses several times . . .
      Well thank you . . . . he seemed quite happy but it was quite hard work . . ..:)

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    2. haha...no, no...that was just a bit of fun! Hard work is 4 of them 24/7 for years! lol....

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    3. lol . . . I know . . . but I am only a man!! . . .

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  11. Grandkids are the best! Luckily, mine are no longer in diapers--The youngest one is five! He's a handsome little guy. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Eva . . . . will do.
      Bet you're sorry your's are out of diapers . . . . lol

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    1. Thank you Cloudia . . . . . and you are too kind . . . . x

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    2. Thank you, Eddie. We want to see more of you

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  13. He's adorable. And that's such a fantastic age!

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    1. Thank you SAM . . . . I am biased of course so I would agree with you . . . . and it is a fantastic age to be with a Grandchild . . . :)

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  14. Peter is so darn cute! Love that little face and cheeks. And those eyes... very intense. I can tell you are enjoying this - fun and exhausting at the same time. How nice you are able to help out - must be a huge relief to them that family can be there.

    On another note... not sure if others are having this happen... but when I am on your page, the sidebar jiggles up and down constantly. Very odd. Started a couple weeks ago. I think I have to take gravol the next time before coming on! :-)

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    1. Thank you Suzie . . . . Glad you like the little chap . . .. and yes I am enjoying looking after him.
      Strange about the oscillating sidebar - I tend to make a few people dizzy . . . . . lol

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  15. You seems to be enjoying yourself as much as the little guy, great!

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    1. Yes I am V . . . . love him to bits . . . :)

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  16. Awwwwwwwwww - what a lucky guy. Yes, both of you!

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    1. Thanks Mary . . . . aren't we both cute ? . . . . lol

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  17. Awwwww....what a beautiful, delightful series of photos!!! :)

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    1. Thanks Linda . . . . . just visited you blog and enjoyed your post . . . . :)

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  18. Oh, and I wanted to mention that he looks very much like you, and I think you are a wonderful grandpa! :)

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    1. Well thank you . . . I am most flattered . . . :)

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  19. What an adorable young man! And, how wonderful that you are sharing this time with him. Making memories and giving him a good foundation.

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    1. Thanks Michelle . . . enjoying it a lot . . . :)

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  20. Oh my goodness, what a cutie! I like your quote at the top. It's a little hard to read amongst the flowery photo though - but maybe that just fits the theme. ;-)

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    1. Thank you. Just been over and like your interesting blog. Are you Monica? The quotation on my header reads:
      "In this life there are good times and bad, right and wrong, periods of elation and periods of depression. Yet sometimes we are fortunate to live a 'shade of grey', somewhere in between." I aim to highlight the text more clearly at some point.
      Cheers ~ Eddie

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  21. Peter is absolutely adorable and your day together sounds like it was wonderful.. except for the poopy nappies. ;)

    One sad regret is that my father, who would have been an incredible Grandpa, passed away before any of his four grandchildren were born. Peter is lucky to have you but it must tug at the heart that he and Maria never got to know one another. You'll be terrific about making sure he knows all about her though, I'm sure.

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    1. Thanks Hilary - I am looking forward to him coming this week but need to charge my batteries up in readiness . . . lol
      Sorry about your father - so sad, as is is with Maria not being here to love and enjoy her grandson and other grands which may come along . . . . U have already started showing him Maria's photographs - his would be Nanna . . .

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  22. Well, a real man isn't afraid to sit in a girl's pink high chair. He had not a clue what you were saying? Never underestimate the pwoer of a baby's brain. ;)

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    1. Hi Blue,
      You are right . . . . Peter is above all that
      Yes . . . . a baby's brain must be remarkable to be able to make sense of everything and as far as learning is concerned they must be able to leave us all standing . . . :)

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    2. I still beats me how a baby manages to learn a language considering the way we tend to talk to babies...

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    3. Cudgy cudgy cudgy coo! . . . . . yes, I see what you mean . . . . rofl
      Yes and babies have such a lot to learn even before language like having to learn to see things the right way up - really we should all see things upside down but the brain compensates . . . . and that is just one of a myriad of things they have to solve before anything makes any sense at all . . . .

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    4. I know we should see things upside down. For I've got this condition called neuro-sarcoidosis and The Doc once told me that I might one day see things upside down.... Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay? :)

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    5. Of course Blue, fingers crossed, can't have you standing on your head trying to make sense of everything. Seriously, hope they can keep the problem stabilized . . . :)

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    6. Thanks, Eddie. Like yousaid, one day at a time :) Maybe the world makes more sense upside-down...

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  23. Cute child. Indeed why grandpa is proud!

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    1. Thank you Ekta . . . I love that little guy to bits . . . . :)

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  24. Crumbs Eddie - bet you were whacked!! I know very happy .. but tired out .. ready for your cot bed! What an amazing day - but Peter does seem like a life-wire .. and learning so much already ...

    What fun .. sounds a wonderful time for you both - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary ~ Just finished my fourth day with him and it is fun but a little tiring. He is a bundle of energy and ideally I'd like to be 10 years younger . . . rofl ~ cheers, Eddie . . . :)

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  25. Oh Eddie-- You are the best grandpa EVER. Peter is absolutely adorable and those blue eyes.... What a cutie. I bet he charmed all the ladies on your walk.

    Your day together was so full I hope you got a nap when Peter did! I know I'd need one. I can't wait to hear more about your adventures together.

    I've been MIA for a while but happy to be back and seeing you doing so well. I'll be back again soon.
    xo jj

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  26. Well, Joanna, what a beautiful thing to say - I will try to be a very good Grandpa to him - in fact I don't even have to try. It is little guys like that and my kids that makes all the effort of this life worth while - it is such a pity that Maria is not here to enjoy him.
    Yes he takes after his Grandpa and charms all the ladies . . . lol

    I hope to write a little sequel soon.

    Thanks for stopping by and glad to see you in BlogLand again. xo ~ Eddie . . . . :)

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  27. Ahhhh the life of a baby. Such a tough life! He's SO cute!!! You just want to hug him.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie ~ lovely comment and kind words much appreciated ~ Eddie . . . :)

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