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My very first Grandparent’s Day (and I almost missed it)

Published September 23, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

Grandparents Day card 2014I am shaking my head to the fact that I almost missed my first Grandparents day. I mean, I really didn’t miss it, but it was a day just like any other day. Unfortunately it was too hot to take Victoria outside to sit and play on a blanket. Now that she sits up on her own, there are so many more things we can do together. Like I said before, it was my very first grandparents day and I almost missed it but my daughter didn’t.

As Victoria was sitting in her Pack N Play, I took the time to google what and when Grandparents day was really about. Yes it was earlier this month. It turns out that it is a new holiday that became recognized only 36 years ago in 1978. Marian McQuade of West Virginia was the original founder of Grandparents Day. Although there are many countries that recognize this event, it is usually celebrated on different days throughout the year. For instance, in France it is celebrated on the first sunday of March dating back to 1987. And out of all those different countries celebrating this day, some celebrate the grandmother and another day will be celebrated for the grandfather. This proves that grandparents are a very important part of their families lives…no matter what country you are from.Grandparents Day card 2014 II

I’ve also learned that there is a song that was written in our honor. I heard some of it. Its cute. It was written in 2004 in Chula Vista, California by Johnny Prill mandated by the National Grandparents Day Council. (I never knew anything like this existed!) He was presented with the National Songwriters award because of its highly popular composition. He named it “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa”. It was written to give children across the nation the opportunity to celebrate and show their appreciation for their grandparents. It tells of the unique relationship between children and their grandparents. I’m guessing I take this ‘grandparent’ thing very seriously! And I love it!!!

 

6 things I have learned about my grand daughter Victoria Renee

Published September 23, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother
  1. Victoria has only rolled over 5 times from her back to her stomach. Even though she tries and tries, she seems to have trouble getting that arm straight. But she sits up very well.Sitting up with a little help from pillows 8-21-14

  2. As you have read in my blog before, Victoria is teething. She likes to chomp her lips and give raspberries (I’m guessing to stop the pain of the tooth emerging from her gums).

  3. This month, Victoria’s favorite toy is her piano. She loves to pound on the keys and can sit there for almost a half an hour. She is also trying to snap her fingers.

  4. It’s safe to say that she has developed a wonderful sleeping schedule and eating schedule by 6 months.Victoria in her playpen 9-4-14

  5. At 6 months, she’s starting to recognize the people in her life which means she doesn’t like strangers. (Thank goodness)

  6. Every time I am changing her outfit, she is really happy when I am undressing her, laughing and giggling to become bare without clothes on. It’s when I have to put clothes on her that she gets really, really angry and I have to explain to her that American society frowns upon nudity and that she has to get dress. That’s just the way it is.

The Liebster Award!!!!

Published September 20, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

The Hip Grandmother just received the Liebster Award from http://www.journeyaroundtheglobe.com! Thank you so much for being recognized as a blogger. It’s been a little over a year since I have started http://www.thehipgrandmother.wordpress.com and its been a wonderful journey! Thank you again! I am so happy to be nominated and I would like to nominate some wonderful blogs for you, my faithful followers to read. But FIRST, there are some rules that you would need to follow.

They are:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions that are asked of you.

3. Nominate five other bloggers that have under 5,000 followers.liebsteraward

4. Ask those bloggers 11 unique questions.

5. Let the bloggers know they have been nominated so they can continue the chain!

 

 

 

I was asked these questions and here are my answers. I would like my nominees to answer these same questions.

What inspired you to blog?                                                  

When I found out my daughter became pregnant on July 1, 2013 I just knew I wanted to shout it out on a mountain to anyone that wanted to hear it. I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish that. I had written a few blogs before (namely www.reflectionsofashaddow.wordpress.com) and I have to say that a lot of people did, in fact, enjoy it. Shaddow, my cat is a funny character but I knew I needed something more. So after a month of pondering, I decided to start a new blog about my only daughter’s experiences of her first pregnancy through the eyes of her mother. I still feel I am too young to be a grandmother but I also realize that there is a new generation of grandparents emerging from the MTV generation and we need to have a voice. I want to knock on the proverbial door and announce that ‘WE ARE HERE, METALHEADS AND ALL!’ so to answer your question, my daughter inspired me like she has done in so many ways in her young life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             When did you first start blogging?

 I first started blogging in 2011 when I started a blog named ‘TIL: Tyster Gallery’. I had no clue what I was going to write about. My daughter was graduating soon from high school and we were always so busy so I could never find the time to be an actual ‘blogger’. I had no ‘niche’ in what I was writing and being able to communicate with what I am trying to say to my followers.

What is your blog about?

My blog, ‘The Hip Grandmother’ is about the experience that my first and only granddaughter Victoria Renee has to go through               or what she is going through in her young life. I can only tell you that I am the grandmother and these are situations through                     my eyes.

 What are your two big passions in your life?

I have had a pretty good life so far. The two big passions in my life have been meteorology and astronomy. When I say                                 meteorology, I am not talking about the weather pattern of a certain climate. I am talking hurricanes. I have wanted to become                 an Atmospheric Scientist since I was seven years old. I was the weird teenager that unlike most, had pictures of hurricane paths               and statistics with a map of Florida (my home state)hung up on my wall like teenager girls have their idols and crushes. When I               found out the true definition of meteorology, (and doesn’t every kid love our celestial neighborhood?) I decided to focus on                       learning more about our cosmic neighborhood and the different phenomena on each planet or moon. I also love art. I have been               an artist all my life winning awards at such a young age with many wonderful memories of the people I have met through art.

How do you promote your blog?

I promote my blog in a few ways. Yes I should do more promoting but frankly, I don’t really know how. I do have another blog                   that has the same information (www.thehipgrandmother.blogspot.com) which has a different template. I like to Facebook a lot                 and get to know the many followers I have at www.facebook.com/thehipgrandmother. I am also on google+ under                                     www.plus.google.com/thehipgrandmother. You can also find me at http://www.about.me/thehipgrandmother which you can find all               of my blog entries. I have been dabbling with ad-placement working with google but that has been a slow process I have to                         admit.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Reflecting on my blog, I see myself as I am today: very happy with who I am with my family surrounding me. As I watch them                   grow into mature adults, I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing I did my best.

How often can you actually take time off and do things you like to do?

As a mother, I can take as much time as I want to do the things that I enjoy doing whether it is window-shopping with friends,                 going to a movie or simply chatting on the phone or computer. As a grandmother, I have to make sure I am available to babysit               while my daughter goes to work or is taking her college classes.

How would you encourage other people to blog?

I have to admit blogging is a sure way to relieve stress and write down what is really going on in my mind when it concerns my                 granddaughter. So to answer that question, you would have to first meet up with people that enjoy writing or love to                                     communicate to the masses. Blogging is like a free therapist that never charges and is always listening.

What is the one thing that you would love to do at least once in your lifetime?

The one thing that I would love to do at least once in my lifetime would probably have to be to get married. I have never been                   married and watching other marriages that are created then ending makes me even more afraid to commit. So when I plan on                   getting married one day I want to make sure it lasts.

How do you handle family or work stress?

I am not really sure how to answer that because I am a stay-at-home grandmother who lives with both her child and her child’s                 child. But I handle it all one day at a time…if that was the answer you were looking for.

Where would you rather be now?

As a young girl, I imagined myself working as an Atmospheric Scientist like I have stated before. But now that I have my                             daughter and granddaughter here with me, I think that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else because of them. (and my black cat              Shaddow!)

 I would like to nominate:

1. http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/

2 http://racheldejong28.wordpress.com/

3.http://triggershorse.wordpress.com/

4 .http://steelwrkrswife.wordpress.com/

5.http://shoe1000.wordpress.com/

Thank you again http://journeyaroundtheglobe.com/my-awards/liebster-award for the nomination. 

Queen Victoria of Crankiness

Published September 18, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

Victoria at breakfast 9-17-14….And we are back! Its that time again that Victoria is teething. Really. But this time there is something showing up on her lower gum. After I wash my hands, I feel around on her lower gum and I believe I felt a small bump….I wasn’t sure. But throughout every smile, she never whined. Although my daughter was at the end of her seventh month of life, the first tooth (or teeth) that arose were both upper lateral incisors. But that was so long ago. I had forgotten what babies go through during this hard time. I was wondering why Victoria barely slept (or couldn’t stay asleep at night.) Thank goodness there are the two of us (my daughter and myself) taking care of Victoria. When she hears Victoria crying in her crib, she retrieves her while I turn on the pot of water on the stove to warm up her bottle.

We do make a great team. 🙂September 5

Later that night and into the morning hours, my daughter had so much trouble trying to get her to rest. I could hear Victoria whining in the monitor with my daughter rushing through the hall to get to her room. Victoria has scooted up from the bottom of the crib right up to the top. And she’s crying. Between each cry, she chomps her gums like shes eating something. She can’t rest herself. Wanting to sleep in the worse way, Victoria drools and has her fingers in her mouth as to point in the direction of the pain. I don’t know how to make it stop. My daughter administers a bit of baby Tylenol (because I will not be the one to give her meds) but she is still in pain. I then feel the bottom of her gums. There are two (*two*) teeth trying to break the skin of my poor grand daughters gums. I feel like I am doing this all over again, first with my daughter as a baby, now Victoria. As my daughter rocks her to sleep on her shoulder, I have nothing else to do but bring myself to my bed, feeling helpless. There is nothing I can do to remove the pain from my Victoria.

I hate this feeling…..

Good morning Victoria Renee 9-4-14

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