In December of 1987, we welcomed our first child, a 10 lb 1 oz baby boy, into the world. We had chosen his name before we even married 3 1/2 years earlier. Michael Andrew. I was in heaven. Over the next 19 years, more children would follow. 9 more, to be exact. I was expecting our youngest when that first baby boy was graduating from high school.
It's been quite a ride over the years. I have been actively mothering for over 25 years. And for 17 of those years, I have also been homeschooling my large and growing clan. I have loved every single minute.
But every mother will tell you it isn't fun and games all the time. There are character issues, discipline issues, sibling issues. You have to deal with bedtime, food choices, disobedience, crying, schoolwork, etc.
It's funny, but in 2012, something really big happened to me. It came in the form of something really small, but changed my life dramatically.
I became a grandmother.
I have brought 10 babies home from the hospital over the years. I have put in thousands of hours of labor, rocking, feeding, changing diapers, singing, and soothing. But I have also put in thousands of hours of disciplining, reminding, teaching, correcting, reminding again and again and again.
Now I am wearing a new hat. I have been given a new title: MayMay. And let me tell you, it has been a game changer for me.
I am still rocking, feeding, changing diapers, singing, and soothing. I am still teaching and training, and encouraging a little one not to touch the Christmas tree, and not to pull my hair. I am still holding on as a little guy pulls himself up to the coffee table. But my, how things have changed.
I am not up in the middle of the night with this little guy. I don't spend all day, every day, with him. I don't have to give him his very first swat on the rear. I don't have to teach him to read. I don't have to remind him over and over to brush his teeth. I get the good parts.
Being MayMay is like being a Mom without the stress. I can just love on sweet little Zeke as much as I want!! And his Mommy is so, so sweet about sharing him!! I told her early on, "Let me know if I take him too much. Seriously, just say, "I want to hold him", and I'll give him back."
But like any new Mom, she is glad for the break. I keep him every chance I get. I may or may not actually suggest to my son that he plan things to do so Zeke can stay here.
|2 days old|
|4 days old|
|4 months old, in MayMay's arms at a birthday party|
|8 months old, New Years Day 2013|
|8 months old|
|8 months old, outside with his Aunt Jessie and Aunt Lauren|
|8 months old, and posing for pictures. Look at those teeth!!|
|Watching Daddy fly a remote controlled helicopter, in MayMay's lap. As usual.|