Monday, August 16, 2010

Julianne to the rescue!

A couple of weeks ago the kids and I went up to Jacksonville to play Mommy for Jen who had to go to a 3 day conference in Denver. Jeremy has to work during the day so we got Charlie all to ourselves.

She is growing so fast ~ and doing so many new and cute things. I can't believe she is going to be 4 months old already. She is quick to smile and also quick to let you know when she is NOT happy.

We went up Tuesday night and Wednesday morning we were on our own. Charlie woke up about 5:30 and I changed her, fed her and then (according to Charlie) it was playtime! She coo'd and smiled and all was well ~ for a while. I was really enjoying myself... she got a bit cranky and I remembered that taking her out on the balcony always made her happy. We went and sat out there for a bit and she fell back to sleep. There is nothing better than holding a sleeping baby except it was like 90 hundred degrees outside so I brought her back in and put her down where she slept for another half hour or so.

She did NOT wake up happy this time and there was nothing Grammy could do for her to make her happy. I changed her, I fed her, I walked her, I talked to her ~ NOPE ~ nothing was making her happy. To the rescue came Auntie Julz. She asked if she could hold her (First off, I'm impressed that a 11 y/o is willing to hold a screaming baby). I didn't think it would work but sure, go right ahead. Wouldn't you know it, little stinker stopped crying immediately! That's pretty much how it went the rest of the week.

Not that Charlie was unhappy all week ~ she was fine 90% of the time but when she wasn't ~ all she wanted was Auntie Julz. Julianne is now a master diaper changer (yes even the poopie ones) and bottle maker and all things Charlie.  I just know the minute Charlie starts to walk, she'll be following Auntie Julz every where she goes. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her.
By the end of our stay she said she was ready to go home although 5 minutes down the road she said she was already missing Charlie!

Nate did help a little but mostly with the pups ~ or keeping their video games played

I did feel a bit guilty since it was their last week of freedom before school and we really didn't go anywhere or do anything cause I didn't want to chance taking the baby out in a strange car (the seat is permanently in Jen's car which she left for us) and in a city that I'm not used to so we pretty much stayed in except for the night that Jeremy took us all out to dinner at Red Lobster (yum!)

We did sleep when we could ~ where ever and when ever we could. DSC00674

They really didn't mind though and since we had already done all their school shopping (clothes and supplies) they had the entire weekend to run around with their friends and were actually looking forward to going back to school.

Me, I miss Charlie too. She is the most adorable little thing ever... BUT she wore me out! This is why people my age do not have babies!!


mary ann said...

Sounds like Julianne has a promising babysitting career ahead of her. Hannah started when she was twelve so February she can put out her shingle.

jbcwriter said...

Thank goodness for all of you! I don't know what I'd do without you!

jillytacy said...

Sounds like you all had a great week! The best part of being a grandma is you can love them spoil them and send them home when you're tired!

Sandra :) said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww Auntie Julz has the magic touch - that's so sweet!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

My mom always recruits my Melissa to help her with my niece too! They are about the same age :)