Why bringing up a baby away from family is SO hard
There is never a day I can spontaneously say to Leo ‘shall we go to tea at nanas?’ because it would require a 4 hour round trip. If we want to see our parents it takes weeks of planning, trying to find a day we are all off work. Leo only sees his grandparents about once a month and that just feels like a massive shame to me.
When your family live so far away, having a night out with the other half or having a random baby free day pretty much never happens. There are a couple people here who can do it but we all know that grandparents make the best babysitters..big kisses,cartoons and chocolate before bed,yes please!
When I was growing up pretty much all my mum’s side of the family lived in the same place. Looking back I think I probably saw my nan and grandad everyday and one of my cousins is still one of my best friends today. It’s sad to think Leo won’t have a really close relationship with his extended family, the bond of a family really is something special.
Coming from a small town where everybody knows everybody, it’s hard to imagine Leo going to a school where we don’t already know most of the kids..their parents..and their parents..and probably most of their family tree. It is strange to think that the children of my friends still living back at home are not going to be Leo’s close friends.
Leo loves all his grandparents,cousins,aunties and uncles and I know everyone would be happier if we could all see more of each other.
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