For the past year we have had the sweetest time observing our Grand-daughter changing from a helpless little bundle of joy to an active, exploring, interacting one year old. The differences between being new parents (for us this journey began nearly 30 years ago) and being new grandparents is pronounced. Here we can be well-rested, bearers of toys that we like, and readers of books anytime without the distractions of meals, messy messes or whatever!
We can laugh at things we wouldn't have laughed at back then. We can celebrate moments of little Ellie standing up for the first time or stuffing her face with new squishy foods --- then
spreading them all over her hair. We can hold her when she extends her arms up to us right then and there. We know this time around how quickly time passes, which we didn't fully "get" when we began parenting all those years ago.
Yesterday was your birthday. One year old already. Thanks for the sweet times, dear Ellie. Always know that we love you - and your special parents as well for the excellent job they are doing in your day-to-day growing up.