My dad wanted to hold Sydney every chance he got. He is great with little ones. I remember sitting in my Grandma Dort's basement watching my dad balance my little cousin Emma on his knee. He had her on her tummy, laying across his leg that was propped up on his other knee. It was at that moment that I knew he loved babies. I remember it. vividly. Sydney enjoyed being passed from Grandpa Bob...
...to Uncle Greg who lives too far away for our liking. I know he loves seeing the kids and is always amazed at how much they grow and learn from visit to visit. He travelled Europe all summer ...So she was a bit more of a Miss Sydney this time around. And we are all gearing up to think of Uncle Greg as a husband to a new Aunt Liz.
After Uncle Greg, Sydney got to snuggle with her Aunt Raina...who is expecting her second little bean this February. With the holidays - that is going to come before we all know it.
And she always has splendid chats with her Grandma Barb. Look at her watch Grandma tell her something.
Grandma Barb came to visit two days after the funeral. She had booked a flight months ago to come. How perfectly timed her trip was for me. It was nice to spend time with her after losing my grandpa.
While she was here Miss Sydney stayed up late one night. She was pretty wound up. Happy. Talking. Wanting to play. And Grandma Barb worked really hard on getting Sydney to say "mama." Sydney would watch. And watch. And then she would make the mmmm face. And then out would come "mama." She did it many times that night. Not so much after that. But boy howdy was it fun while it lasted. How dumb that I didn't take pictures or better yet a video.
Seriously. I am coming out of a fog here.
I am always looking for the good that comes out of the bad. And time with family, especially when you are 8 months old and absorbing everything around you, is so freakin' precious.