Can you picture yourself a grandmother? Aren't they supposed to wear sensible shoes, have an apron collection, and keep their gray hair in a tight little bun? Imagine my surprise at realizing...I'm a gramma, too. Not only am I too young (ahem), I never had kids. You figure it out.
Suddenly (meaning within the last two years) I’m not just Beverly Lucey—writer, teacher, and Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie addict. Through the miracle of modern relationships, after never having given birth, I find myself a grandmother twice over. Two grown, wonderful step-children have each had lovely babies: the son has a daughter, the daughter has a son. And OOOOOPS.....I’m Nana Bee.
Which means my shopping feet are now taking unexpected right turns into Wonderland.
The clothes are pretty cute. Even the Harley Davidson Onesies.
Gotta Getta Gund....or five.
Pooh stuff for one. Paddington for the other.
Baby Mozarttapes for brain development.
Check out a wonderful video of Good Night, Moon, while you are at it.
Hey! They live 1500 miles away. I miss them. Got to do something between visits. Shopping helps.
But is it me, or are there others out there who never heard of some of these new gizmos?
Car seats look like Baby Barcalounger Cocoons. You can get an Eddie Bauer version in tan corduroy with Hunter Green leather trim. Yup, yup, Yuppie.
Safety concerns plague parents.
Nana Bee wants to help. She’s ignorant, but she learns quickly. The PerfectlySafe web site seems a likely place to start. Among other things, they stock easy to apply corner cushions for sharp angles regular height people would not normally bump into. Paste them on, pull them off.
Fisher-Price has a Child Locator. Fisher Price says this product is not intended to replace parental supervision of a child, it is intended to assist parents in supervising a child. Once they get to scampering, sometimes just a look away for a moment in a store is enough to get a parent to hyperventilate.
As babies grow and test their new amazement with technology, I found a place where you can even save your VCR from having jelly sandwiches inserted in the VHS slot.
Nana Bee is learning all kinds of new things. Just like a baby.