When I introduced you to our sweet Ellie, I told you that I spent three-and-a-half weeks with Kati and family in June and July. I was thrilled for the opportunity to visit, to be with Caleb while his baby sister was born, and to share those first days of Ellie's life. What a privilege!
To be honest, I must confess that my homebody-heart was a little nervous about being away from home for so long. But the days were busy and joy-filled, I was with my people, and Ron and Bekah came for the final week I was there. The time passed so quickly!
Warning: The following post is long and photo-heavy!!
In Which We Wait For Ellie
I was glad to have arrived a few days before Ellie was born.
That allowed me some time to learn 14-month-old Caleb's routine and for him to feel comfortable with me.
He is such a sweet, happy baby!
|~ watching videos with Mama ~|
|~ a little before Mama and Daddy leave for the hospital ~|
In Which Ellie Is Born and Gran and Caleb Are Home Together
(Tiring, yes. But absolutely delightful.)
He seemed quite content with Gran, and for that I was very thankful.
We watched lots of videos on my phone (he especially enjoys seeing himself), played, read, ate, watched men mowing the lawn, wrestled with Pepper (until Gran intervened), and ran!
and I've decided to take one each time I visit Caleb
In Which Ellie Is Home
As I have already said, it was a joy to be a part of Ellie's first days,
Is anything sweeter than cuddling a sleeping newborn?
My days were filled with getting babies up, dressing and diapering babies, feeding babies, snuggling babies, reading to babies, bathing babies, playing with babies, watching videos on my phone with babies, putting babies to bed . . .
and I loved it!
All three adults in the house took nighttime shifts with Ellie so that everyone was guaranteed a bit of uninterrupted sleep. My shift (because I am a night owl) was from 10 pm until 1 or 1:30 am and I looked forward to that special time, just Ellie and me, every night.
Of course, during these days, I also got to hang out with my dear Kati while we were tag-teaming all of those things! We talked much about births and babies and toddlers and raising children and God's grace in all of it.
|The "twins" born 14 months apart! Caleb on the left, Ellie on the right. Uncanny?|
Andrew also spent plenty of time with the babies, and was always nearby if we needed him. He has a home office and had some meetings and deadlines, but he was summonsed more than once! He also took charge of lunch and dinner, and he is a wonderful cook, so the troops were well fed.
He's being summonsed here, I think. 😉
|When you celebrate your sister's one-week birthday and you end up with cake in your ear . . .|
|🐙 wearing their sea creature outfits 🐙|
In Which Papa and Aunt Bekah Arrive
I had missed them. They had missed me.
They were eager to meet Ellie and be with the rest of the family.
And so began one last week with Kati and family.
There was so much to do!
Visit, talk, hold babies, love on babies, help with babies.
A couple of projects were planned.
Did I say that I ran during my time at Kati's?
Probably more than I have run in years!
I had kind of gotten into a routine in my care of Caleb. But the first morning after Ron and Bekah arrived, the routine went caput! I was in the kitchen getting Caleb's bottle. Ron went in to get Caleb out of his crib, but didn't close the baby gate in the nursery. I hadn't closed the gate into the kitchen because it wasn't part of my morning routine. (I had not been getting Caleb out of his crib until after I had prepared his bottle.)
So Caleb, very bright and busy boy that he is, bolted from his room and straight to the kitchen and straight to the bowls of dog food and water. Even though I ran as fast as I could, I was a nanosecond behind him as he dumped the bowl of water onto the floor.
Ron ran into the bathroom to get some towels to mop up the water, laying his coffee cup on the console in the living room.
While I was mopping up the water from the floor, Caleb discovered Ron's coffee cup, which was just barely in reach, and pulled it off the console, spilling the coffee on himself and the floor.
Ron ran back to the bathroom to get more towels and while I was cleaning up water in the kitchen and he was cleaning up coffee in the living room, Caleb saw the bathroom door open and darted in there.
And all of this happened in just a couple of minutes!
After we put everything back to rights and restarted the morning routine, we started laughing at how funny that whole scene must have been! When Kati and Andrew came out of their room with Ellie just a little while later, they had been unaware of the whole fiasco and we all laughed again.
Yes, there was plenty of running during my days with the babies!
Caleb: *picks up Aunt Bekah's phone she has laid on the sofa*Aunt Bekah: Caleb, what do you have?Caleb: 🤷🏻♂️
Ron and Andrew unloading the kitchen island from our van . . .
(More about that ~here~.)
One day, we took Caleb to their neighborhood pool.
We felt like "typical" grandparents as there were three of us fawning over Caleb and smiling at his every move.
(We haven't always felt like "typical" grandparents as there was only 20 months between our youngest child and our first grandchild and the children have always grown up together. But here we were, being very grandparentish.)
|~ waving at Gran who was taking photos before getting into the pool ~|
When we went out for ice cream, I got no photos of ice cream, but some sweet photos of grandbabies.
|See that sweet baby waving at me as his daddy takes him the long way around the steps?|
Caleb really wanted to "help" Papa and tried his best to squeeze his little self past the coffee table that was temporarily serving as a blockade.
Aunt Bekah and Ellie in their LBDs.
On our last night, we all lingered in the nursery before Caleb went to bed,
soaking up the moments with the babies.
And if you, dear reader, got to the end of this photo-laden post with me, then bless your heart! Thank you for coming along with me as I have gathered the moments of my days with Kati's family!