1. Grandparenthood is not the carefree, fun-filled experience I thought it would be.
Don’t get me wrong. It is beyond wonderful. What I’m talking about is the part where you get to enjoy them and then hand them back to their parents to deal with issues. Of course this is because we live with the little family.
My little man had surgery two weeks ago. Not only did I have to suffer through his pain but I also had to suffer through the pain of his parents. I told them it’s harder on me because they only had to deal with their child. I had to deal with my children and grandchild.
2. A baby monitor is quite adequate for waking me up out of a dead sleep.
A couple of days after the surgery, I had to babysit the little man overnight while his parents attended a wedding out of town. I was worried I might not hear the baby monitor. My fears were baseless. I was woken up by the dogs next door which sound way louder through the baby monitor. I was woken by the baby bumping against the crib. I basically woke up from every little noise and creak.
3. There is a reason woman cannot have children after a certain age. That one I actually learned months ago, when my daughter returned to work after maternity leave and I watched an infant full time for six weeks. I am way too old to watch a child for a nine hour day. I am also too old to deal with a 2 hour long, middle of the night wide awake baby.
During our overnight watch, the little man woke up at 3:30. He would not go back to sleep. He cried, grabbed the bars of the crib, and looked at me like I was abandoning him. After two hours of trying to get him to go back to sleep, I finally gave him a bottle and got him to sleep for another entire hour and a half.
Warning: if you are squeamish, you may want to skip number 4…
You have been warned.
4. Changing a double diaper with a catheter when the baby has pooped is extremely traumatic. I won’t go into detail but trust me, this is something I never want to do again. Changing the outer diaper with the catheter was easy. Changing the inner diaper, not so much.
I was never as glad to see the kids as I was when they arrived home after the wedding!
Side note: The catheter was finally removed today (but not without some early morning drama) and my little man is his usual happy self again.