Grandparents and Helping Hands are essential when babysitting twins and Grandpa's are the best!
From the first time that my husband held his grandson until now, he is so helpful. He fills the role of special grandparent!
When we babysit, Poppi (the twins nickname for their grandfather) pitches in from taking them out of the car seats, diaper changing, holding, feeding, playing on the floor or anything that is needed for the well-being of our grandsons.
Also, he always sterilizes the bottles and other baby items (pacifiers, spoons, etc.)
Feeding time is a very important part of the day.
My Favorite Bib!
What happens at Grandma's stays at Grandma's!
My husband retired as a highly decorated naval officer and then continued his career and eventually retired as a beloved high school economics and government teacher in McKinney, Texas. He was very respected in both career fields.
I wanted to share the video that was released last year about twin's communicating, "baby babble." Enjoy the conversation in this YouTube video of the Talking Twin Babies, part 2:
At fourteen months, I'm beginning to hear our twin grandson's communicating like this and it makes me smile.
They each seem to know what "babble" is being said
and after a few interchanges, they take a few moments to shake their
heads or hold hands, as if to state, I understand.
They also reach out and touch or hit each other. My husband often adds a few comments ("blah, babble, blah") during their interchange and this is very comical! The boys usually respond back! I have noticed when I have babysit only one of the babies, then there is less "talking" and more playing.
My daughter reminds me how important it is for us to use specific words and not slang terms when talking to the boys. For ball, say "ball." For a specific food, say the word; i.e., chicken, strawberry or oatmeal. This will help them become more familiar specific words in our language.
Many helping hands are essential when we babysit our grandsons each week. Our daughter works each Tuesday and it is such an honor to be able to babysit the boys.
During these weeks, we have seen them change from being very dependent and only having bottle feedings to now eating solid foods and holding their own bottles! Wow! How time seems to be flying as we watch our grandchildren changing, developing and becoming more independent each time we see them!
Dad brings them to our house around 6:30 a.m. and we have them for the day. We follow the schedule that their parents have developed and try not to spoil them too much while in our care!
They come in usually smiling, even that early in the morning. Their schedule is to have a bottle at 7:30.
We have a routine that we follow and most days we are successful. We have three bottle feedings and three meals at the present time. The twins enjoy every meal and usually have two naps throughout the day.
We try to eat a quick lunch and often
take a quick nap during this time too!
When Dad picks them up around 6:30 p.m., they are usually smiling, but ready to go home to Mom and Dad!
My husband, Nana, and I are ready for a rest!
Yes, the grandparents and helping hands are tired, but had a wonderful day!
Ampa and my Son
assisting with the twins is my 92-year-old Mom who is living with us.
She has played an important role in those "grandparent and helping
hands" duties as we babysit each week. When she is visiting with my
brother's and his family, we really miss her helping us babysit!
We all have our roles as grandparents and helping hands each time we babysit :
Grandparents and Helping Hands continue throughout each generation!
Nana has been involved in helping with another great grandson, Noah, and she loves him so much!
I have noticed that he also smiles a lot when Nana hugs him. When they communicate, you will see them smiling, hugging and kissing! They discuss his school, playing soccer or golf, friends, or swimming! Family and love are great bonds!
Recently my Mom was in the Denton Regional Hospital, in Denton, Texas and while there she celebrated her 92nd birthday!
One morning, I emphasized how important Mom is to our family circle to one of her nurses, Chan Jackson. We then started to discuss family and how significant great-grandparents and grandparents can be in the family structure.
She had a personal quote that I asked if I could use on this site. She feels that...
Thanks, Chan and all the staff for making our short stay a healthy and meaningful experience!
Additional helping hands are essential when you have a new baby in the house. Grandparents can be helpful in so many ways: