Yesterday was my first official time as babysitter for little Arie-Jean (Rue to most of you!). Dannye, Pamela, and Emily went to coffee with the Watt girls, and I asked if Arulai could stay with me. Emily graciously left her in my care (okay, I’ll confess that Nathanael was home, but he was busy with other things!) and we had a wonderful time. The A-Team is here, and they were riding bikes, watching movies, playing Zuma, etc., so I got to give my full attention to my little granddaughter.
You know, she is such a cutie! She smiles just about all the time. She’s got her fussy time like most infants do, but I just pick her up, hold her, rock her, whatever she wants me to do. Arulai LOVES to go outside! She is even beginning to “talk” – does a lot of cooing. She was talking to the trees, to the dog, to her Daddy and her Papa.
And she really likes the boys. They can get a smile out of her even in the midst of tears!
The sweetest part of my night was when she heard Emily come home. She looked around for her, and when Em picked her up, she gave the sweetest grin! It was so sweet!
I love watching Emily be Mommy. She is so much more calm and confident than I was when mine were babies. During Nathanael’s fussy time – about 2 months around 7 o’clock each evening – I was beside myself! Mom and Dad lived next door to me, and every night I would walk over and Mom would cuddle him on her soft bosom, and he would go right to sleep! I would gently and quietly take him back home and hope he made it through the night! Another thing I couldn’t have lived without was our baby swing. It had a bed attachment that Nathanael slept in until he was 6 months old.
I have the feeling that Nathanael would have gotten over those fussy times much easier and quicker had I not been so nervous about it. Emily just talks to Arulai, sings to her, walks her, and usually that is all it takes. They are both amazing.
Tomorrow Pamela leaves for Michigan. She will be gone for 15 days. I can hardly stand it, although I am so excited that she is going to see Will and meet his family. They will be going to Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island while she is there. I understand it is unbelievably beautiful. Pamela will enjoy it so much – she loves to travel, and add Will to that equation – well, I just bet she’ll have a great time! She can go from doing this…
And Verizon will get a break!
This is a thrilling time in our lives. Not an easy time, necessarily, but fun and exciting. We are praying for God’s will in this matter, and that’s exactly what Pamela calls him – God’s Will!
Y’all have a blessed day!