I guess everyone thinks their grandchildren are beautiful.
The Little Man is beautiful in every way ~ bar one. He is not enamored of sleep. In fact, this is why I am usually called in to help ~ so everyone else can sleep!
However last week was different. T1 was working. Dilly wanted to go on a bush walk with the Young Adults. Me, I'd've shoved the kid in a sling & walked with him but that is not how my Dilly thinks so I was asked to pull an all~dayer... on my own. Everyone else was out.
Do you know how long it has been since I have been solely responsible for a very young child? Twenty~two years! Yep. That's how old ODD will be come August. Yikes!
I was the only one who seemed remotely concerned about it. T1 blithely proclaims I've raised 5 [3 under 2 @ one stage] ~ what's a lone singleton to a pro like me?
So by 9am The Little Man & I were in sole possession of the house & I was mentally calculating [as you do] the likely number of hours we had to fill in before a parent would reappear & reclaim their protegee because the Little Man is in the process of cutting out one of his day naps...
I have got very sneaky. If the Little Man suspects he is being abandoned to his Móraí's tender mercies he screams blue murder so I made sure we were out of the house when his mother departed it. We took the mop [aka the Teddy~dog] & by the time we got back everyone was happy to sit quietly for a bit.
When the grizzles started I decided we would walk the other way because there is a little park beside the creek. Any time we've walked past, the park has been quietly abandoned, the swings hanging still, the slides empty, the climbing frame solitary upon the sand, chooks parading in stately splendour across the grass but Saturday morning there were @ least 2 other children with their grans. I had already checked so I knew there was a baby swing ~ which promptly put the lad to sleep & not what I wanted @ all just then. Instead we went up the slide & I popped the lad in my lap for the ride down. Not the quiet playing on the grass he is used to @ home.
We detoured on the way home as I keep seeing these environmental spaces but hampered by the stroller & a dog had kept passing them by. This time I didn't. We humped & bumped over the thick tussocky grass behind the high fences ~ & very dull it was! There were no little paths to wander along just this awful spindly malalooka swamp & a heap of dumped rubbish!
I left him in the stroller & we got 2 solid hours when he slept & slept & slept. Later on we just enjoyed outside @ the front of his house until Teddy decided to be really wicked & went visiting the neighbours! He is NOT an obedient dog.
I think we had a succesful day. No real crying. Lots of outdoor time. And he was in a good mood when his mother arrived home.