|Dinky, Fifi with Spud, Minky and Bob|
When the first grandchild came along every minute of her wee life was photographed and videoed with a lot of stuff shared on the internet. With her being ten weeks early she was naturally behind in a lot of her milestones but that was never really an issue, we were just grateful she was alive to reach the milestones at whatever stage she reached them.
Spud ( as she is called on the blog) came into the world on March 2nd this year. She landed as a fifth child in the family, and life for her will always be noisy and hectic and she will never get a minutes peace and quiet but she will be smothered with love and will never know any different.
|Fifi and Spud with Bob's arm|
The older two children got to meet her along with the other grandparents when she was only a few hours old, and then they went back up every day until mum came home.
The twins at just turned two did not get to meet their baby sister until she came home, was going to cause too much trauma all round to take them up and then have to bring them away from their mum. Have to say they are both great with her and Dinky loves to cuddle her and talk to her, she even reads books to her.
|Dinky with Spud the day she came home.|
She has a great bond with the older two children in particular. Fifi at nearly fourteen is a great help and often has the task of keeping an eye on her while mum goes for a shower. Or keeping an eye on her while mum cooks the tea. The twins at only two themselves can be rather boisterous and may well harm her unintentionally by falling on her while she is in her bouncy chair, or just being a bit over enthusiastic when give her a kiss or a cuddle.
|Fifi being a smart Alex and keeping an eye on Spud|
|the oldest and youngest interacting|
But Bob is her favourite. Bob is NOISY and has no idea how to talk without yelling and as he is home educated he has been around the whole time my daughter was pregnant with her. She got use to hearing his dulcet tones while in the womb. So Spud responds better to him and he tends to get more smiles and more babbling than anybody else in the family.
|Bob and Spud|
Now I know we can all be a bit over protective with our first child, but time you get further down the line to child five then you tend to relax a bit more. My daughter runs the local toddler group and so Spud has been going along since before she was born, When she is there she is cuddles by one person or another the whole time she is there. Even the other toddlers like to have a hold of her.
The other drawback of being so far down the line is less pictures and video is taken as there is always somebody else needing seen too or something else needing done, Spud is a content baby who is happy to sit in her bouncy chair or her swing and watch the world going by. usually with Bob and Minky at a hundred and ten miles an hour. I have to admit I don't interact with her as much as I did with the twins as they tend to be more active and therefore I play/read/talk to them and poor Spud just exists in the background. Last night I babysat while DD1 went to pick up Fifi so when she got back I got some time to interact with Spud and she was smiling and babbling away quite the thing.
While I may well not be Supergran and share her all over the internet I still love her as much as the others, and as she becomes older and more mobile I am sure we will all have lots of adventures, with plenty of sharing in years to come.
This is my entry into the Tots100/WaterWipes Baby Milestones challenge.