The Chronology of His Day, When Grandpa Was In Charge During His Visit

Written May 1993. Grandpa is 68 years old. Laura is 4 years 10 months. Craig is 9 months.

Grandpa feeds Craig

7:55am – Mommy & Daddy have gone. I am alone with Laura and Craig.

7:57am – Laura settles in front of the TV set and watches “Barney.” Meanwhile, Craig’s having fun by jumping up and down on my lap. I get tired before he does.

8:10am – My bed is not yet made and have not had time to shave. But Craig’s safely in his playpen which gives me time to fold the wash and start another load.

8:15am – Craig clamors to get out of playpen and again starts jumping on me. Laura has a Pop Tart while continuing to watch “Barney.”

9:00am – Craig to crib for nap. Laura changes from her PJs. Reset dryer because clothes still wet.

9:10am – Craig wakes and I take him out of his crib and carry him about. Play arts and crafts with Laura. (Polish her white shoes.) Craig watches. Laura insists on wearing crazy colored socks when she (we) finishes polishing her shoes.

9:45am – Everybody out on the swings. Thank goodness it wasn’t raining.

9:55am – Everybody back to the house and Craig to bed crying.

!0:05am – Phone rings. Wrong number.

!0:06am – Mommy calls… told her everything was fine. Folded wash… ate lunch… did crossword puzzle.

11:30am – Laura and I watch Barney tape.

11:35am – Laura disappears… couldn’t find her… she turns up in her tent/playhouse. A good joke on Grandpa.

11:55am – I napped.

11:58am – I read “Winnie the Pooh” to Laura.

12:01pm – Craig wakes up. Laura eats string cheese. Made tuna fish sandwich for Laura’s lunch. She spilled her milk and wouldn’t eat her sandwich.

12:10-12:40pm – Fed Craig his milk bottle and spoon fed his baby food as per Ellen’s instructions. My spooning technique leaves something to be desired… mostly on my clothes.

12:45pm – Ate Laura’s leftover tuna fish sandwich and had a beer. Craig scooting about in his walker. Laura again in tent.

12:55pm – Craig pulls to floor all wash I had folded and left on couch.

12:58pm – Blamed my flatulence on Craig and Laura believed me.

1:00pm – Played peek-a-boo with Craig.

1:15pm – Read “Winnie the Pooh” again to Laura.

1:30pm – Played with Craig. He jumped on my lap and “Da-Da’d”

1:30pm – Made butter bread for Laura. (Somebody had eaten the tuna fish.)

1:50pm – According to my instructions, Craig should have been ready to nap, but he wasn’t, so… everybody out to the swings.

2:25pm – Back in the house after much swinging of Craig and Laura. Played piano duet with Laura – 5-finger scale. While Craig’s in playpen, Laura helps Grandpa make his bed.

2:35pm – Started to change Craig’s poopy diaper.

2:55pm Finished changing Craig’s diaper. Then Laura and I had a drawing contest.

3:05pm – Craig in for a nap.

3:06pm – Aunt Glenda  called and ring woke up Craig momentarily. She spoke with Laura, too. I told her everything was fine.

3:13pm – Laura and I resumed drawing contest. I drew my cat both times. I lost because I couldn’t guess what Laura had drawn.

3:35pm – Game over. Took time to shave and Laura watched. “Why are you making such funny faces?” she asked.

3:40pm – We brushed our teeth.

3:43pm – Craig woke and I took him out of his crib.

3:50pm – Fed Craig his bottle.

4:05pm – Fatima comes to play with Laura. They enjoy being with each other, but I referee a lot.

4:20pm – Fed Craig his fruit, per my instructions.

4:30pm – MOMMY ARRIVES !

4:31pm – I change my clothes because there is baby food all over my shirt and shorts.

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