Gilbert PT - September 2019

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September 2019

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TO THE 4 PEOPLE WHO HELP MAKE MY KIDS’ LIVES MAGICAL

Nowadays, it seems like we have a “national day” to celebrate almost everything. Looking for a day to celebrate bobbleheads? Wait for Jan. 7. Looking for a day designated to pay respect to lima beans? Get ready for April 20. Looking for a specific day to try out a new ice cream flavor? Sadly, it just passed on July 21, so you’ll have to wait until next year. While some of these national holidays are a bit sillier than others, I recently discovered a day this month designated to honor some of the most influential and caring people in the world: grandparents! I admit this might seem a little biased, but I’m convinced that my kids Liam (3) and Paige (1) are growing up with four of the best!

the same happy sentiment. My memory isn’t all that great, but I do remember my mom and younger sister screaming out in excitement, and Ron getting joyfully emotional thinking about his baby girl having her own baby. It seems their collective excitement has only grown with time, especially now that they have two babies to shower with affection. While I expected Liam and Paige to be fully spoiled by their grandparents (I hear it’s the most important grandparent right), what I didn’t expect was how much fun it would be to pick out the names my kids would call their grandparents. For example, the in-laws are now Pop Pop and Nan Nan, and my mom and dad are now Pap Pap and Grandma. Oddly enough, Liam will sometimes call Grandma by her real name (Jane). I think it’s because she wanted it to be his first word so badly that she repeated it until it stuck! Having Pop Pop, Nan Nan, Pap Pap, and Grandma (Jane) play such a huge role in our kids’ lives has been a true blessing. Between my mom staying with us for a week after Liam was born to give Amanda time to rest and heal, their gifting of new baby clothes every time they visit, and Pop Pop teaching Liam to despise squirrels almost as much as he does, all four grandparents are doing a phenomenal job. In fact, we love seeing them interact with Liam and Paige so much that we decided to do a joint-family summer vacation this year. We rented a house in Lewes, Delaware, and we all took turns playing with Liam on the beach until he could no longer hold his little head up.

While the entire trip was great, the funniest part for me was getting to witness just how much grandparent indulgence occurs when Amanda and I aren’t around. Liam will go up to my parents to ask for food, and they’ll pick him right up and put him on the counter so he can hand-select what he wants from the cabinets. That definitely wouldn’t have happened in the household I grew up in! My in-laws aren’t much better in that regard. They casually pushed Liam’s bedtime later and later to ensure he could share his favorite snack of all with them before bed: ice cream! I like to make jokes about how spoiled my kids are, but the truth is they hit the grandparent jackpot. Amanda and I feel so lucky we had such great role models for parenting and our kids now get to share their lives with four wonderful people.

“Having Pop Pop, Nan Nan, Pap Pap, and Grandma (Jane) play such a huge role in our kids’ lives has been a true blessing.”

The really cool thing about our kids is that they made both my and my wife’s mom and dad first-time grandparents. I remember when Amanda and I first told them the news. It was Christmas, and we handed out some nicely wrapped boxes to each of our parents with very special presents inside. My in-laws Ron and Nan opened theirs and found a picture frame that said “World’s Best Grandparents” in big lettering while my parents Jerry and Jane opened their box to find another picture frame expressing

To Pop Pop, Nan Nan, Pap Pap, and Grandma (Jane), Happy National Grandparents Day!

–Jon Milliron

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