Pauline Baird Jones
I can NOT wait!!! #GrandmaProject Ruels!

When I began the #GrandmaProject—oh my goodness!—almost two years ago, I’d planned to keep you all updated about my progress toward becoming an awesome grandma. But then my son got transferred out of state and the #GrandmaProject turned into a long distance project. Thank heavens for texting and FaceTime or I’d have gone into deep mourning, instead of just regular mourning.

But this year it is our turn for the Christmas visit! I’m trying not to go overboard on the presents for the babies (need to practice calling them “the twins” or “the toddlers!”), but it might already be too late. My mind runs at bedtime and when I wake up it runs even more. And it’s not just presents on the list, but how to child-proof the house!

I walk through my house and it seems more dangerous than the lion’s den at the zoo! I see outlets! I see sharp corners! Stairs! Cupboards full of who-knows-what! So then I start to wonder, what aren’t I noticing? What hidden dangers am I missing when I prowl through my house?

I very much fear the #GrandmaProject has veered into #paranoia, but what if it hasn’t? What if I’m not being paranoid enough?

I’ve already got a plan for the cleaning supplies and the meds have all been shifted to safer altitudes (in fact this short person now needs a stool to take a Tylenol), but what haven’t I thought of?

And—flipping sides here—what can I do to make the house more fun? I have some toys and of course, we’re putting up a tree (oh my goodness, how do I make that safe???). I used to know this stuff. What happened to me? To my memory? Some days it doesn’t seem that long and others I feel two hundred years old.

So, my dear peeps, you need to talk me off the roof. Share wise counsel or just tell me to get a grip. I know I’m driving the hubs crazy. LOL Comments please! Not only will they help, but they will get entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I announce a winner the first blog post of the new month.

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Perilously yours,


P.S. Speaking of “on the roof,” I think I put Doc on the roof more than once while writing Girl Gone Nova. Now you can read Girl Gone Nova in smaller bites, cuz I’ve serialized it and made the first part free.

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The Christmas #GrandmaProject
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8 thoughts on “The Christmas #GrandmaProject

  • December 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    We go with ‘twins’. It’ll last throughout all their stages of growth.
    AS for childproofing. We did the basics and left the rest up to the parents. We are, after all, grandparents. 🙂
    Seriously though. Everyone kept a weather-eye out for the little darlings and they survived just fine.
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    • December 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Ah, thanks! I think I’m pretty much down much. My thanks for the good advice. 🙂

  • December 15, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Our three grandchildren – boys 9 and under – are mostly past the point of causing damage to themselves when they visit. With few exceptions, we did not worry too much about child proofing our home and all three boys have remained relatively unscathed. Well, they are boys. Relatively is a relative word. And about making the house more fun. Well, it is Christmas at Grandmas! Doesn’t that already make it fun? You are baking cookies aren’t you?

    • December 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

      LOL! Yes, we’ll be baking! And I made sure there were toys to play with, though my iPad and iPhone were pretty popular. I think they already know more about how to use them than I do! Thank you!!!

  • December 15, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Ah ha – you have contracted first-stage Panicky Grandma Syndrome. The only cure is a hug from a grand-baby and some playtime. You’ll be fine – it’s going to be a great Christmas! All your mom-skills will return.
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    • December 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

      It was FULL ON PANIC. LOL! Thank you for talking me off the roof! They arrived last night and much fun ensued!

  • December 15, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I’m going to take a guess… you’re more than just a little excited about the grandchildren visiting aren’t you:)
    Other than covering the outlets, I’m sure things are fine. They will play with anything. If it’s any help, my daughter is almost three and I avoid all glass ornaments on the Christmas tree because she takes the ornaments apart. Wood, plastic, are best. Of course, she’s taken most of them off anyway so by Christmas there will be nothing left but lights.

    • December 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

      LOL! Yup, I was/am over the top excited. Great advice. I hadn’t thought about the ornaments! So the tree only has a few high ones at the moment. Going to get help from the family to finish it in a safe and fun way. 🙂 Thank you!

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