I apologize for disappearing. I still read here when I can, and keep track of stories. But it's mostly on my phone where it becomes difficult to respond.
So many people with ongoing traumas-Dragn, What's Right, HFSSC, others...please know that I am holding you in the LIGHT and you are in my daily thoughts. It feels so awful that we anonymous friends cannot provide any real life help.
We have had a busy summer, mostly good stuff, some age related injuries and illnesses that require more attention than I wish they did. We are overall healthy for our age and lucky in that our health benefits are excellent.
We have a new grandson! Born to DS2 in NC in early July. His wife was probably the healthiest pregnant woman I have ever met, and yet she wound up with severe complications. The baby was unresponsive and had to be ventilated. Both are perfect now, but we almost lost both of them. Scary times.
He is BEAUTIFUL with bright red hair. She, God bless her, was able to get him to nurse after a week where she didn't even see him. Amazing. My son stepped right up, feeding, changing, not sleeping, "keeping him alive" for the week. We helped, her parents helped, just the way it is supposed to be. I'm very proud of both of them. We plan to go see them about once a month. It's a longish drive but not too bad.
They plan to put him in a daycare center at 3.5 months. Five to one baby to adult ratio. I'm not happy but keeping my mouth shut. They could afford a nanny or au pair and DS works remotely. But apparently finding a suitable person is hard to do.
We also continue to babysit our local granddaughter frequently. If they don't need a sitter, we make excuses to steal her. Almost 2, her vocabulary is expressive, her sense of humor and justice well defined and her problem solving skills are fun to watch. In the thread that asked what we wanted to be called, I wanted "Grammy." That has become "Gigi" and my husband's wish of "Grandpa" has become "PaPa." She is the boss of that.
Hopefully, they'll be here in early Sept for a beach vacation and here for Christmas.
Number 4, How is your baby! Tush, yours?