Friday, June 8, 2012

Bigger Picture

I know the title is deceiving in that there's no picture in this post.  I will take one, I PROMISE!  But for now...

To all of you who live within a couple hour drive of your mothers and have children, I want you to fully appreciate how fortunate you really are.  Your Moms get to see your munchkins often.  Mine lives a couple thousand miles away.  And my dear friend Kim's Mom looks over her grandson, Liam, from Heaven.

I thought I was a pretty great Mommy until I saw my mom in action with Bryan.  It wasn't until then that I really appreciated how much I didn't know and how much I wasn't doing. Sure, I sing to him and read to him and rock him and love on him.  But not with the same UMPH and frequency (and volume!) that my Mom does.   And while I am not too fond of hearing all the silly songs for Bryan, I realized that he LOVES them and responds so well to them.  I need to step up my game!!

How lucky are we, that my mom was generous enough to be away from Dad for three weeks and away from home for two weeks (Dad was fishing for a week while Mom was still home)!!  Bryan can't start daycare until June 18 and rather than me trying to find the balance of caring for an 8 week old and working full time simultaneously, Mom flew out to care for Bryan.

And it wasn't until the second or third day that I realized this is about so much more than just solving a daycare conundrum.  This is time that Grandma gets to spend with her only grandbaby without having to share.  It was time that I get to spend with my mom without having to share. Life truly doesn't get much better than this.  I am totally having my cake and eating it too for TWO WEEKS!!

It's time to break out the camera.  I want Bryan to know how much his Grandma loves him and how much time she spent with him when he was brand new!  Hopefully this is the first of many times Grandma gets to care for our little Nugget.  There's so much we can all learn from her love.

Thanks, Mom.  I love you!


  1. Aww J :) Its all about appreciating every moment for sure, and you are doing JUST that!! Your mom will look back on these weeks with such happiness too!! My dad and step mom stayed with us for the first two weeks when G went back to work, and it was the BEST gift I could have gotten ~~ Love reading your updates :)

  2. I bet your mom considers it a pretty great gift as well! Give her a hug from us!

  3. Loved this post. Grandma's are really different than moms, but they are still your mom....Best of both worlds. Bryan is a lucky little guy.

    Special moments are being made right now, today, that will last forever, enjoy.

    Missing your mom here, but thrilled for all of you that she could visit and soak in some Bryan time.