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Sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's House

Sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's House

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Published by J.A.Morgan
I wrote a message to our unborn baby about my older two kids' experiences with spending the night at the grandparents' house, a little bit about my own experiences when I was younger, and some background into our family.
I wrote a message to our unborn baby about my older two kids' experiences with spending the night at the grandparents' house, a little bit about my own experiences when I was younger, and some background into our family.

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Published by: J.A.Morgan on Aug 23, 2012
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Sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's House
@babymorgan3
Yesterday your brother and sister returned home after spending "three sleeps" at your grandmaand grandpa Morgan's house. We're still sorting through all of the details, but during their timewith Grandma they played at the water park inside Kensington Park, and visited the Impressions5 museum in Lansing.Kayla and Josh are10 and 12, but the concept of spending the night at their grandparents'house is still a relatively new one. I think it's only been over the last couple of years that we'vebeen gutsy enough to try it. First, there was the week when I attended a conference in Ann Arbor so they were only spending a day at a time by themselves with their grandparents, andthen eventually we moved up to a couple nights, then a little longer until now I think they'repretty comfortable with the idea.When I was a kid, it was always an exciting treat to spend the night at my grandma andgrandpa's house. I benefitted from having an older cousin who was already into spending thenight there. I think that when you are a little bit older, you will benefit from the precedent thatyour siblings have set by spending ocassionally spending a few days on their own with their grandparents' house each summer.One thing that I had when I was growing up as a kid which you won't have is an opportunityto spend a lot of time with your cousins, aunts, and uncles. For me, it seemed as though myextended family was deeply integrated into my life. When my mom, your grandmother morgan,went shopping she was often accompanied by my grandmother, when we went to church wesaw our grandparents and cousins, and if I took a walk around the neighborhood it would havebeen hard to avoid seeing as at least one person who was related to me.When you are born, and brought home, you will be living in a place called Shepherd whichis roughly 100 miles from both Hartland, where I grew up and where your relatives live, andMarlette, where your mom is from. So, you won't see your relatives very often except onbirthdays, holidays, and those weekends when we are able to make the trip and visit them. And, then there are your more distant relatives who live farther up North or out of state. We'vealways tried our best to see them every once in a while, too.I'm hoping that as longer stay-overs become more commonplace that these will help to bridgethe gap between the times when we naturally would see family (such as holidays) and thetimes when we can take the time off to make the trip. The best way to get one-on-one time witheither your cousins or your grandparents is for you to stay with them on your own, much like Idid when I was younger. This would also help us if there is a period of time when your relativesmight be open to a having you stay with them, but your mom and I can't take the time off.I had lots of reasons why I liked to spend the night at my grandparents' house: grapefruits withbreakfast, sleeping in a different bed, dinner out, helping out with feeding the cows. Lookingback, all of these types of experiences blend together into fond memories of the time I spentbeing with my grandma and grandpa.1 

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