Monthly Archives: January 2013

Spending time with Carroll

I was very busy this weekend. I was allowed to have Carroll spend the weekend with us. Baby momma needed to clean her house. Carroll has been ill and she never found the time.
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I’ve been in their house many times and it has never been clean. Literally, dishes will go better than a week without being washed. Since the living room also serves as everyones bedroom, you can’t walk in it. The baby has maybe 4 square feet to learn to crawl in. He is kept confined to this space because around the room there are desk chairs, desks for computers and all the wires that go with, a couch, a mattress on the floor, his crib and swing, etc. They heat the room with a space heater which he has pulled onto himself. There is a small endtable which all the medicines are kept on. He is pulling himself up and right now that is the biggest hazard in the home for him. Not that the rest of the conditions are less hazardous, it’s just the one I see as the most immediate danger.

On top of all this, they hope to have baby momma’s 3 year old daughter returned to them next month and baby momma is expecting again. What’s a grandma to do? Many thoughts come to mind, but the relationship is so strained anything I do to help could be taken the wrong way by both baby momma and my son.

I got off on the wrong track there, sorry. Carroll was delightful to have spend time with. He belly crawls but is working on getting on all fours. He pulls himself up on people and couches though he has to work at it since he starts from the belly instead of his knees. Dadadada is his favorite sound right now. He loves breakfast, lunch and dinner or just playing in his highchair while I putter around the kitchen. His favorite past time is bouncing, on your knee, thigh, lap, the floor, and if available a Johnny jumper or saucer (I have neither).

He doesn’t sleep through the night anymore but wakes around 2 hungry enough to drink 6 oz. But then he sleeps until 6:30 or 7:30 before waking up a very happy baby.

I enjoyed my time with him very much and hope that I’ll get to do it again often. I also hope I can figure out a way to help keep this family together without alienating my son and his partner.

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Making a Plan

At the end of 2011, I made a plan. It was to make a blanket for each of my adult children, including spouses. That made a total of 13 or 14 blankets, crocheted or knitted with love for each of them. The plan also included that I would work on them and have them complete in plenty of time for birthdays.

I managed to do well and had all the blankets done for all birthdays through August completed by mid June. Then a grandson took precedence on my time for three months and I fell behind. I managed to nearly complete the one September birthday blanket and finished a couple of October blankets, but kind of sputtered out and I have three incomplete blankets and three more to start. I will get them done, but probably not for a few months.

I also managed during 2012 to crochet 6 baby blankets (for all the new grandbabies), knit several hats, learned to knit with double pointed needles (made baby socks), created 5 snuggies, and designed, created and produced 9 or 10 critter pillows.

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So my plan for 2013? Don’t have one yet. I will finish the projects I’ve started, but don’t know yet what new things I will create yet, but whatever I end up doing, you can be sure it will be done with love.

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