The Nursery

Stephen has painted an awesome mural in the nursery, talk about hidden talents! Oh to be blessed with the ability to create such wonder. If you look at two families you realise what a mixture of talents a child could inherit…the onus is upon the parents to nurture any gift by encouragement & opportunity.

Holly’s Mummy never wanted to try anything when she was young, whereas her Auntie Paula was fearless! She had swimming lessons, ballet lessons, joined the brownies (if only for six weeks!) attended summer play schemes & loved play group. Charlotte liked to be at home with her mummy…I think I should have tried harder to get her to discover things; I’m grateful for my own Mum’s insistence that I went to piano lessons, something I’d like to resume an interest in.

However, I did what I thought was right at the time & Charlotte has grown up to be a very self-sufficient young lady, whilst Paula is a home bird, my how things change!

I hope Holly is a mix of the both of them, with her Daddy’s talent for art plus her Grandma’s need to learn more & do better at the things she can do. And then there are the traits from Stephen’s parents I do not know about…what a wonderful journey we are all soon to take, I can’t wait!!!


“Our Holly”

The latest scans of Holly are absolutely wonderful! You definitely get what you pay for regarding ultra sounds. I have two of the pictures printed out & they have the prime position in my bedroom…on my poster of David Essex! I’ve put a sprig of holly there too as I read it was a sign of good luck. I hope so. I hope my Grand-daughter has a wonderful life with many more ups than downs. I pray that I’m going to be around for quite a few years yet, I want to be part of her growing up years. I’m also praying that we form a really strong & loving bond, she is just the medicine I need, I now see a future for us all. One day I’ll tell her how I felt the day her mummy told me she was expecting her…

Holly Sophia Craig

In the past few weeks our lives have been dramatically changed, for the better! Ever since Charlotte rang me to tell me I was going to be a Grandma…it has been all stations go!!! We have just over three months to get ready for a little girl I already love with all my heart & soul; how could I not, my baby is having a baby!

We got to see the NHS scan this week. In two weeks Holly has really filled out. You can see the facial features! To me she looks just like her Mummy & Auntie Paula did as a new-born. Charlotte sees Stephen’s chin & now she’s pointed it out to me, so can I.

It’s obvious to see that they are both over the moon about the baby…their enthusiasm is tactile. Stephen has plans for the nursery. He has left our house with the equipment to decorate it. The plan is neutral walls, & he will draw then paint a classic Winnie The Pooh, with script.

I have only just realised how much your child’s choice of partner matters. When they were just a couple I didn’t really consider it, after all she is old enough to stand up for herself & has always known her own mind…(I wonder where she gets that from?!) But now I want my daughter to be supported & I have every faith in Stephen. He may not legally be my son-in-law, but I think of him as one. Their relationship seems strong & their baby will be well cared for & loved, what child needs any more?


I do believe in miracles! I’m going to be a grandma!!! I’m writing this in pink as at present we think, after a scan, that it is a girl! So welcome to Holly Sophia Craig…& if you turn out to be  Jacob Stephen Craig you will be just as welcome! As my mum used to refer to my daughter Charlotte, the baby’s mother, it will be Grandma’s little treasure!

Daily posts … Saturday 29/11/11

Really not doing well with my daily posts am I! Sunday was BRILLIANT! Stanley & Joyce haven’t changed, still as lovely as ever! I’m so glad I invited Wilf & Carol! Wilf & Stanley have never met & we all got on so well! Paila’s buffet was, as always, fabulous…everyone seemed to enjoy it. A got a little tipsy, I can’t do that when socialising, have to stay in control. So, a good day had by all.

Nice surprise the other day; Michelle started a Family Christmas Get Together event…to date, there’s 23 said they are going! Even Charlotte & Stephen which really pleased me, & surprised me! It should be a really good pre Christmas “do”!

Other than that I’ve not done much, had back ache since Sunday. P & I went to a Halloween night at the Macdonald Hotel, Manchester. It was good. P got some products & we had nibbles & a drink; so all in all not a bad week! A photo? Of course!

Daily (ha!) posts…rest of week

Well what can I say?… the week has just flown by! that’s what happens I guess when you go to bed at 2 or 3 am & awake at 11am! I don’t care, no one to answer too any more. Thursday…P & I went to Hobby Craft in Stockport, & picked up the living social flowers I’d ordered months ago…were just right for this Sunday!

Really looking forward to meeting up with Stanley & Joyce again! And Wilf & Carol of course! My two favourite cousins, both together! Wonderful!!!

Went to see Godspell with Paula last night…we picked up our tickets then went across the road to a pizzeria for a meal & drink. The meal was fantastic, the wine wonderful & the show great! What more could you ask for!

Charlotte came today, her car was being serviced. I really wish I could go out with her like I do with Paula…all four of us would be super! Oh I miss the days when they were younger & we had days out…always reminding them to thank Daddy for a nice day, as he drove (I did the entertaining!) just as my Mummy always reminded Marie & I to thank Daddy after our days out. Ah, good memories! Mind you, Charlotte had a lot of 1 to 1 time with me as a child…she didn’t mix very well she was so very shy. so I guess it equals out & after all equality is a paradox! I need a photo, can’t think of a suitable one…will go on the hunt!