This evening I gave Lee a bath by himself. As a third child that is actually pretty rare. Or maybe I'm weird, but at any rate the baby by himself in the tub is rare. So there he is moving around nearly drowning himself trying to reach the faucet and then flopping down on his back and nearly drowning the rest of the bathroom as he joyously kicks his legs in the water. It reminded me of all the baby baths for Charlotte and then for Greg.
Did you know that we went back to school shopping for the kids over the weekend. My sister reminded me that the after Christmas, end of season combination makes for some pretty great deals on clothing. So I forced Dan to come with us on his one day actually off in a month (and I am not even exaggerating there) to go shopping with me. He is actually quite a good shopper, I think it must have to do with all his experience looking through fabric and yarn shops growing up. At any rate, he went, and it was a good thing too because he is so good at keeping me within reason. You see my way to avoid overspending is to never go in a store that I like things in if I can avoid it. Once in the store I have a very hard time saying no to anything.
So anyway, back to the bath. There is my baby flopping and splashing around the tub and I'm folding size 7 and 5 clothing. My babies! On the one hand, I love who they have become. They get to be so much more interesting every day. Charlotte and I can talk about topics other than sparkles and she understands so much about human emotions and Greg has gone well beyond simple facts (although he can tell you many facts about monster trucks and animals) to relationships between them.
But seeing my baby just reminds me of how much I loved them as babies. I do miss it. And strangely, part of me already misses Lee's baby time. Pretty soon he'll decide that walking and running and talking are more interesting and then where will we be? Oh, we'll be in love so I can't worry too much I suppose.
It all makes me realize how hard it is that grandmas have to live so far from their grandchildren. Grandpas too I'm sure, but as I'm a mother I can only speak from my view. You're done having babies, and you wait and wait and then when the grand babies come they're miles and miles away.
Which brings me to my point. Ha! You thought I didn't have one, but I do! And here it is! Tonight Charlotte, Greg, Lee and I were watching AFV and the win a free Disney Cruise portion of the show came on. Charlotte said, "I wish we could just go on that. I don't want to have to win it or anything I just want to go." So that's an idea *wink wink*