How Going to Grandma and Grandpa's House Is Like Going to Vegas For My Baby
When you are an adult and you want to let loose, you want to feel free and get crazy, you go to Vegas. There you can see, do, eat, wear and be anything you want, whenever you want. It's a place to escape the daily routine and the normal rules of life. Well, there's a "Vegas" that exists for my 16-month old daughter (and my 11-year old son) and it's their grandparents' house. Here are some ways that Gramps and Gram's house is the G-Rated, baby-version of Sin City. Viva Las Grandparents!
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G and G know how to entertain. And it’s around the clock. They love to show people a good time. And when it comes to making their grandchildren happy, they pull out all the stops. They read book after book, dance, draw, color, peek-a-boo, dress up, put on short impromptu musicals, bang pots and pans, build block towers and construct two-story, tudor style homes from big cardboard boxes, amongst other things. They are like all the best shows on the Strip combined. They are like David Copperfield performing fun, little magic tricks. They are like Donny and Marie when they sing and dance together to BeeGees songs. They are like Celine Dion when they get tender and emotional with their love for their grandchildren (Titanic song not included). They are more interesting than two white tigers. More magnificent than the dancing waters at the Bellagio. And are almost as flexible as the Cirque Du Soleil acrobats. Almost.
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Buffet Every Meal
There’s no set menu at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It’s either made to order or more often, served buffet style. At any given meal, I swear they offer at least 7 different options to accommodate a toddler’s moody tastebuds. Their goal is to offer food that my daughter likes, and the more food that is offered, the greater the chance is that my daughter will find something she likes. Truth be told, if they really appealed to my baby’s food preferences, the buffet would consist of string cheese, Goldfish crackers and olives. But they keep on trying. They would probably set up a carving station, if my daughter really loved prime rib. And yes, they have been known to include a chocolate fountain.
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Odds Are Always in Baby's Favor
Baby’s attitude should be none other than “Go big or go home!” Grandma and Grandpa don’t see her everyday like her parents do. They still think everything she does is adorable. And BECAUSE they aren’t with her every day, they give in to her every request, unlike mommy and daddy. The main objective of Grandma and Grandpa is to spoil and secure a permanent place of “favorite” in baby’s life. So when she pleads and whines for Grandpa to “save her” from nap time or to have cookies for dinner, odds are that she’ll get her way.
Baby Comes Back Hungover
After all that partying—the late nights, the constant entertainment, the food, the games, the thrill of being at Grandma’s—there’s a major endorphin crash, and baby comes home hungover. It all seems like a blur, she can only remember parts of it, and it takes her two or three days to recover. Reminiscent of that long drive I’ve so often done to get back home from Vegas, as soon as baby’s strapped in to her car seat and probably even before the car starts to move, she’s passed out, and remains that way for the entire trip home.
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Baby Wins Big
Baby always wins big at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. She has cashed in her cute chips and come home a winner outfitted with a new wardrobe, bags of toys and feeling loved. This toddler knows how to play. And she will be wanting to go back again soon. Just like any good casino would do for its guest, Grandma and Grandpa have treated her so well and made her stay so comfortable, that she’s become addicted, a fan for life.
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A Smile or a Cute Look Can Get Everything Comped
Spending enough time or money at the tables in Vegas can rack up the comps. The casino host or pit boss will start throwing free things your way to encourage you to keep gambling, and to encourage you to eventually lose all your money and give it back to the house. Well, Gma and Gpa use a different currency with their granddaughter. She gives them a smile, she’s getting an ice cream cone. A giggle, and it’s a toy of her choosing. A kiss, unsolicited, and it’s probably a pony.
What Happens at Grandma and Grandpa's Stays at Grandma and Grandpa's
Will we ever know how many French fries or blueberry muffins my toddler consumed while with her grandparents? Will we ever really know why she slept for the entire day after returning from her time with them? Will we ever hear the real story about why she’s come home with a pet goldfish and a penchant for swiss chocolate and soft cheese? Her grandparents are resting assured that their 16-month old granddaughter can’t yet break the grandma’s house code. But, I’m not even asking. My parents are smart, responsible people, and I was a child, a young granddaughter to doting grandparents too once. If my parents only knew the things I got up to while at Grandma’s house…
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