My daughter, Megan, came home from school this past Thursday with a baby girl. Megan named her Shelly, and she is a delight.
I had the joy of babysitting little Shelly while Megan was at school on Friday. I don't know how Megan got so lucky, but Shelly is the easiest baby I've ever cared for. I'm well acquainted with babies; through years of babysitting, working in the church nursery, and then having my own child, I've taken care of A LOT of babies. And one thing is for sure; Shelly is a very special baby.
Would you like to meet her?
Here she is!
|Megan with her baby, Shelly.|
|Doesn't Shelly look happy and content, all snuggled up?|
|Look at the sweet outfit Megan made for little Shelly.|
|Getting some of that important tummy time.|
|All bundled up and in the car seat, ready to go to school with her mama.|
I got busy with my grandmotherly duties and crocheted the little baby blanket for Shelly. I was going to make matching booties as well, but...Shelly doesn't have any feet.
Megan is taking a child development class this semester, and her assignment was to care for her baby for the next five days. The teacher had the class draw out of hats to determine gender, single birth or multiples, even some of the babies had certain illnesses or birth defects. Once the students found out all the details about their baby or babies, there was no trading allowed; it was the luck of the draw, just like in real life. Shelly turned out to be a healthy baby girl. Then the students had to name, decorate and dress their babies, and had all kinds of craft supplies to use. I think Shelly must be the cutest baby in the entire class. No, of course I'm not biased toward my grandchild at all!
The boys in the class were not thrilled with this assignment.
Some schools have those electronic dolls that cry, pee, have to be fed, etc., like real babies. I'm so glad our school doesn't have those! I think when I was in high school, the students in that class had to carry around a sack of flour for their babies. Megan's teacher uses raw eggs, which is a good idea also. Break your baby, and fail the assignment.
Shelly went to school with Megan this morning. The assignment is over after today's class. Not wanting to part from her baby, Megan has plans to keep Shelly always. She will blow out the insides of the egg, and hopefully with care, Shelly will be with us for years to come as a fun reminder of the past few days.