Grandparents Sharing Special Times

Grandparents sharing special times is so important during this time of life!

These times can mean so many different things for the expectant couple. As the grandparents, sharing special times, consider giving any of the following items. I'm sure that your children will be appreciated of any of these items!

Cleaning-house
  • make or purchase a floral arrangement for their house
  • gift card for a pedicure and manicure or a spa day
  • gift card to a relaxing afternoon movie, buy a DVD or purchase Netflix
  • grocery shop and surprise the couple with a special meal
  • gift card to their favorite restaurant or pizza delivery
  • have the yard mowed and edged
  • have a cleaning service come to the house for a "spring cleaning"
  • have the carpet cleaned
  • help prepare the nursery by packing up the room and assisting Mom with hanging newborn clothes, putting up toys, etc.
  • Any gesture will be appreciated!

Fruits and Veggies

Dinner at 6:00

Let's Go Shopping

Diapers

Grandparents Sharing Special Times...so Volunteer!

So you ask the question, "What can I do to help?"   As you will see you can do almost anything and it will be helpful to the couple!

Grandparents sharing special times with their children ...so what can you do to help?

Volunteer to help out!

Yes, I decided to volunteer to go with my daughter and then later drive her to her OB/GYN appointments (while her husband was at work) from March until September. Since I was recently laid off, it gave me an opportunity to share this special time! Her Physician is Dr. Chet Wells, located at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano is an excellent hospital and about 30 minutes travel time from her home.

Dr. Wells’ office is at the hospital and he is recognized as an excellent doctor for high-risk pregnancies. My daughter is so thankful to be his patient. After several visits, the routine became the same for all high-risk patients.

Waiting for Dr. Appointment

She progressed to seeing Dr. Wells every two weeks and as the pregnancy continued, the more often she saw him. We eventually were going to see him every other day!

Yes, the routine was to drive to her house about 2 hours before the visit, load up her packed suitcases and then get her in the car.

Yes, just in case, you have to be prepared during a high-risk pregnancy that you can enter the hospital at anytime! You need to literally have "your bags packed" at each visit. After seven months, my daughter's luggage was always packed and waiting at the door, just in case...!

As Grandparents sharing special times with our children and other family members, we feel that it is so important in building this special relationship that will last forever!

  • Volunteer to help out daily
  • Purchase
  • Shop
  • Clean
  • Sort
  • Be a sounding board

Routine at the Doctor's Office

As grandparents sharing special times with your children, you tend to notice week after week or trip after trip, the routines that exist in daily life especially at the OB/GYN office:


Monitoring


  • Check in at the desk; wait until you are called back
  • Weigh in with the nurse
  • Gives blood and urine samples
  • Returns to the waiting room for another waiting period
  • Called back to Dr. Well’s area
  • Wait for Dr. Well's for appointment
  • Discuss all questions
  • Exam
  • Make appointment for next visit

  • A sonogram is then performed to see the progress of the little tykes from the previous visit. (The clarity of the Sonogram pictures has improved so much in the past thirty years. You can see fingers and feet, arched spine, baby's head and all other features--and this isn't 3D!) Sonogram pictures were shared with Mom, Dad and driver!
  • All I could ever say was "Amazing," "Just Amazing!" Yes, "Amazing" that my daughter was pregnant and with twins and "Amazing" that they were perfect! Everyone had to laugh at my lack of vocabulary!
  • It is humbling how your vocabulary becomes limited when you are becoming a grandparent! Just wait until the babies are here and you begin talking "Baby Babble!"

Sonogram-printout

Blood Wor
Blood Pressure Cuff

As Grandparents Sharing Special Times, I looked forward to the OB/GYN monthly, weekly or daily visits to see progression of the twins!

Good Luck!


Exam Room
  • Then she sees Dr. Wells for either a pelvic check which is every other visit. Then he will give her specific discussions for each baby including height and weight measurements and what has happened to the developing babies since the last visit
  • Discussions if there are any concerns for the boys; discusses her home routine; re-emphasizes what she can and can't do
  • Checks intravenous injection sites and bruising
  • If she has any questions, then he answers them. Refers to her “Little Red Book."
  • He is also very reassuring as she goes through this process
  • He and my daughter connected as Doctor and patient! His dry sense of humor always made us laugh, but his caring spirit was always obvious for mother and twins! Thank you, Dr. Wells!

To Sum Up....

Doctor Concerns

Other

Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials 

How Do you Share those Special Times?

How do you share those special times with the expectant couple? How have you helped during the pregnancy?

These actions will create a special relationship with your children that can last forever.

Please share with us!

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