Wednesday, 24 January 2018

A Grandparents Love

Grandparents - what we would do without them?!
I know we'd be lost without Luke's grandparents, my Mum and Dad.

Luke was the long awaited grandson, after 3 granddaughters from my sister, a boy was needed in the mix. Not long after I found out I was pregnant I knew it was a boy, we didn't find out but I just knew and so did my Mum, she had the "vibrations" she said. 
His name was influenced by his Grandad.

They adore him and he knows this and he loves it. 

My Mum is Nanny / childminder. While the OH and I go out to work and college she looks after him, Monday - Thursday for us, collects him from preschool at 12.30pm until 6pm. They also help mind him outside of these days too in case we have other appointments to attend. 

He has lunch with his Nan and dinner with his Grandad when he comes in from work. He likes it if his Grandad gets home from work before he leaves so that they can mess around for a while. 
He usually stays overnight with them one night a week, this all started in his first year of preschool when he had Wednesdays off and my Mum thought that rather than waking him early to drop him out to her on our way that he could just stay overnight and have a lie in the next morning - see she spoils him that way.
My nieces are all teenagers now so they aren't around their grandparents as much so Luke has their undivided attention most of the time, as you can see in the picture below.


He has his own room in their house, filled with his clothes, toys, books and his own super soft blanket that he got off his Nan (it was supposed to be hers but he took over ownership!) which he uses for when he's "chillin' out" in their house. 

He has his own apron in the kitchen so that he can wear it when helping my Mum with cooking or baking - peeling vegetables (she peels and chops and he outs them in the pan) or baking cakes. They spend ages playing Jenga or Playdoh. He helps her out around the house. His favourite thing to do with his Nan is the weeding in the garden, in the Spring / Summer they are always out there and filling up the bird feeders - he knows what seeds or nuts go in each container. Nanny always lets him play in the yard for ages after preschool is finished. He has different bedtime routine with his Nan than he does with us - I tried to replicate her routine one time but he firmly told me that "No that's only for my Nanny's house". Of course he always goes to bed without any hassle for her and always sleeps all night, ever since he was small - he did not and does not do this at home!

He has his own tools in his Grandads shed and a toy lawnmower that he follows him around the garden with when he's cutting the grass. He likes to wear sleeveless jackets when he's "working" in the garden, just like his Grandad. They go for walks to see the cows or the neighbours horse, they could be at home one minute and then gone the next for ages exploring the countryside. He loves to "fight" his Grandad - "You try push me over Grandad" and so ensues a wrestling match on the new couches that my mother pleads with them not to jump or bounce on, it falls on deaf ears, these 2 are like 2 kids when they are together, always messing around. He loves it when his Grandad comes to visit him at our house too, "Will you come to my house so I can show you all my new toys?".


They teach him things that he would never learn anywhere else and in a way that only grandparents can. I often hear "That's not the way my Nanny does it" if I'm doing something a different way to her. He knows they adore him but he also knows that they won't tolerate any bad behaviour and they have boundaries, even at this young age, he respects them. 

He missed his Nan a huge amount in December when she went away for a few days, they have a routine you see and he misses it and misses her when it's changed up for whatever reason. 

He's a lease of life for them that keeps them young and makes them smile, he entertains them with his random comments and statements. 

While it was never my intention to rely so heavily on my parents to help us out with looking after him while we hold down 3 jobs and full time college amongst running a house and keeping up with life between us, there's no one I'd rather him spend all this time with than his Grandparents and we will be forever grateful for all their help and the relationship they have with our son, their Grandson. 


15 comments:

  1. Grandparents are brilliant! I had such a close relationship with my nannie as she looked after me when my parents were at work and took me to and from school. James was the first great grandchild and she absolutely adored him and spoilt him rotten. She died nearly 4 years ago now and we miss her so much, breaks my heart she never met Freddie. Both boys are extremely close to my parents and we see them normally once a week and speak on phone and facetime everyday!

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    1. Aw I can imagine how much you miss her xx

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  2. Aww I love this! I think a relationship with your grandparents is so important but often these days our parents are still working when we have children so aren't able to help out as much. It's great your parents have such a fab relationship with your son. I had a great relationship with my nan that only got closer the older I got and I still miss her everyday.

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    1. Very true, luckily for me my Mum gave up work when Luke was 2 and a half so she has been very involved since then xx

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  3. Awww this is so lovely. Grandparents are wonderful, I love that my daughter has such a close relationship with my parents. She seems my mum everyday and they always have the best time!

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    1. It's one relationship I've really enjoyed watching it grow xx

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  4. It’s so handy having parents that really chip in isn’t it? Also how great she’s actually a childminder too!

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    1. It's very handy, she has saved us in a lot of ways by looking after him :) xx

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  5. Louise, that's just beautiful. My children don't have grandparents (my Dad does exist, he just barely knows their names) and even they have always felt like they've missed out. Treasure them, though reading this, I can see you do. xxx

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    1. I didn't either Nicola so I know how they feel, I think that's why it's so important to me that Luke has a good relationship with his grandparents.xx

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  6. Oh how lovely that he has his little set up in somewhere he feels so comfortable. My mum looked after Zach three times a week when I worked and it was very much the same. Toys and all at her house. They have such a wonderful relationship from it. Now I'm home, she comes round once a week! In fact, she's on her way as I type this!!

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    1. It's so lovely for them to have that extra safe place with people that love them isn't it xx

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  7. Lovely! My in laws look after my twins whilst I work part time. Couldn't do it without them! X

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    1. Saves us a fortune in childcare fees :O xx

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  8. Aww! They sound brilliant! My husbands parents are amazing - and we'd be lost without them to be honest. xx

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