Monthly Archives: July 2012

Eating Cookies in Bed

I put cookies on the table with a cup of coffee on the table at night so Gpa can have a snack if he gets up.

Last night he didn’t sit down when he saw them, he just picked up the cookies and headed back to bed.  I tried to tell him to go ahead and sit down but he didn’t.

I cringed thinking of what a mess eating the cookies in the bed would make, but I didn’t want to upset Gpa. Also the sooner he went to bed, the sooner I could too.

In the morning, he had a bit of cookie on his shirt and pillow.  Not much to clean up for a good nights sleep.

I’m hoping he won’t make a habit of eating in bed.

We went out to eat tonight.  He had oatmeal, eggs, and some pancakes.  An hour and half later, he told me he was going to bed because he didn’t have money for dinner.  I fixed him a protein drink.

It is hard when he thinks he’s hungry and I know he isn’t. It is a balancing act.

Up To My Elbows

Today at church Gpa did not reply to my writing, “Good Morning, George” on the color sheet.  He read the note and then put it in his pocket.

After church we went to meet a friend of mine for lunch.  I figured I had time to take Gpa to the restroom before she got there.  When we got into the bathroom, I discovered he had an accident.  It was all over his pants, some on his shirt, on both depends. (so much for that idea) I’m glad I had the wipes.  But I knew we couldn’t stay for lunch like this.  I got teary from disappointment and frustration.  Really we had come a long way to just use the restroom and go back home.

I called by friend and she had already arrived.  So she said she’d come into the bathroom.

She called me right back, she thought I was in the men’s room. Opps, sorry I didn’t tell her.  I take Gpa to the ladies room as I know we won’t be walking in on someone.  The men’s room on the other hand may have a urinal and I don’t want to walk in on that!!!!!

She was a great help getting a bag for the mess and letting the restaurant know that they’d need to clean up.

When we got back to the car and were saying goodbye, I found an extra set of clothes and another depends.  Hallelujah!  We were going to be able to have lunch after all.

She had gone to a spiritual workshop yesterday and was telling me about how we can learn from any challenge.  I asked, “even when I am up to my elbows?”

“Of course, look at how you responded.  This is an example of how loving and caring you are.”

I told her that I really appreciated all the help she gave me.  She has never had children so I know that being in a bathroom that stinks to high heaven is a bigger challenge for her than for me.  And yet she stuck with it.

Taking Gpa to a public restroom is different than taking a baby with a stinky diaper in that the mess is smaller though the smell may not be.  The logistics are more challenging as well especially now that many bathrooms have a changing station.  I am very thankful for handicapped equipped stalls.

If this is the price I pay for Gpa to still be here, it is a small thing.  I am so glad he is here to share adventures with friends and family.

The Sparkle in His Eyes

Gpa has been chewing on his finger. I got worried about his teeth. I took him to a dentist around the corner.  They couldn’t get an x-ray and recommended an oral surgeon.

Gpa charmed everyone at the oral surgeon.  I expect nothing less.  He has that certain something.  The nurse got him a blanket and then offered to take him outside to get warm while I settled up.

“There he goes off with another woman. ” and everyone laughed.  But I was serious.

He gets girlfriends where ever he goes.

Afterwards we picked Gena up from work and went to the mall.  Gena wanted to check out a sale.  I got Gpa a cookie and coffee.  Mostly because he likes it but also to celebrate great report.  He waved at the babies around him.

As we left, we got on the elevator with what looked like a mom, dad and little girl.  I’d say she was somewhere around 3-5.  Gpa waved when she turned to look at him.  I said something about another girlfriend.

The doors opened, the family got out and then we got out.  The parents were headed away but the little girl stood between us trying to decide who to go with.  You could see it in her eyes.  I waved so she’d know to go with her parents.

Boy that could have gotten us in trouble!