Monday, 9 May 2016

Hello and Goodbye (Adventures of L-Plate Gran)


Big changes are happening in Little G's world. She has now gone from being only child to big sister as You must be mad gave birth to Little GS last week, and we are all watching carefully to see if our extensive baby pre-prep has paid off.

While You must be mad was recuperating from her labour in hospital, L-Plate Gradad and I spent the time teaching Little G the new baby's name, on the basis that it looks bad if she doesn't know who he is when asked by some well-meaning relative or person in the street, who might therefore think it was any old baby, rather than an 'owned and known baby'.

From her point of view, the baby's arrival has been a bit like Christmas, minus the tree and decorations. Little G has been showered with presents 'from the baby', including a baby doll she can feed, dress, nappy change and throw around the room. We just hope she will not conflate the two.

Personally, I was thrilled to see my pet training bearing immediate fruition: Little G stroked the baby's head from front to back, as I taught her to do with the long-suffering cat. So far she has not tried to feed him cat biscuits. It will happen at some point. And in time he may well try to hide from her under the bed.

You must be mad will now be on maternity leave for the next twelve months, so my two eleven-hour days minding Little G will be reduced to an occasional single day. It is therefore time for you and I to say goodbye to L-Plate Gran as she hangs up her L-plates, albeit temporarily. But my, we have come a very long way together - should you need any reminding, HERE is the very first blog I wrote.

If you have stuck with me for the past year and a bit, many thanks. We may meet again some time in the future.





11 comments:

  1. Enjoy the break, Carol - though I've no doubt you'll be called on from time to time. But life will take a different shape. Love to you all

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    1. Thanks Jo. I felt it was time to call a halt...for now.

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  2. This is not 'Goodbye', it is merely 'adieu'...after all....


    Your L-Plate Gran sign

    Hangs at rest

    But surely, now's your chance

    To gather energies

    For the coming months

    As you study for your advanced!

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    1. Aww..totally brilliant! Thank you!

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  3. Aww, what a lovely post, Carol. It will be strange to no longer see the L-Plate antics on my news feed but it's all for a good cause. Congratulations to you all on the birth of Little GS. (Just think of all that writing time you'll have!) ;-)

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  4. Aw... I'm sorry to see these go... though I reckon you can drop your L-plates now... you've earned a pass :)

    Congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous Grandson. x

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  5. I've never actually read these as I don't have much (any) interest in children, but I did see your comment on another post about this - I think that yes, it is good to be able to see when something has run its course, and to bow out at a high point! I felt the same about my zodiac posts (as indeed you feel the same about that as I do about children - we are never interested in everything our friends are!). Hope your grandmotherly antics continue to bring you much joy :)

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    1. Indeed..tho as I'm now blogging for 60 & Me, it was getting a bit much!

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  6. Funny and very poignant too. I shall miss these posts very much!

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    1. I may stick the odd one out every now and then...

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  7. So sad to say goodbye to L Plate Gran! But exciting about the new arrival! We did the baby doll thing for our eldest too. Sounds like Little G is coping well! (Toddler quickly became obsessed with introducing Baby to people by name - she still tends to do it. She does it whether anyone has asked or not. That quickly became weird in it's own way. It would have been strange had she not known who Baby was. But it's equally strange when she randomly announces who Baby is to people who were just going about their business!)

    My little sister, incidentally, was literally like Christmas for me - she came home on Christmas Day!

    Hope we will still get the odd post update on Little G (& Little GS)!

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