I'm the most grateful for the love of a little boy

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

In April 2018 my life changed forever.  Now don't get me wrong, my life was pretty great before that.  But if you have been given a title like "Grammy" you know how special it is.  If you haven't yet, but have kids then I hope some day you will know that love and joy like I do. 

Cooper had a rough start and spent the first little bit in a NICU and I would go and sit with him.  We couldn't hold him and it was just torture.  I did get a brief, maybe one minute prior to them rushing out with him. 

Donald had a couple minutes as well and although I didn't have my camera to capture it, I have the beautiful memory of Donald singing Happy Birthday to Cooper on the day he was born. It's clear in my mind like it happened 5 minutes ago and deeply instilled into my heart.

Now I loved this little guy from the minute I knew he was on the way, but now that he is walking and talking and so very smart that love is a two way street.  He will snuggle, not for long, but up next to me and say "I You"  That's his current 19 month old self's reply to I love you. 

I babysit a few times a month for a few hours in the evenings and the occassional day during the day, but not much.  His mom is a nurse who works in the ER and works 3 or 4 12 hour shifts with an hour drive to and from work and his daddy is a firefighter/medic at work every third day. They attempt to let him have a parent at home as much as possible, but sometimes they both work the same day so grandparents and great grandparents get to spend time with him.

He's really a sweet little guy and super smart.  He was 19 months old yesterday and I bet he knows 1000 words.  If he hears a plane he sayd "airplane and looks up to see if he can spot it", he knows the name of animals, he knows his colors and his favorite is green.  He loves tractors, trucks and cars. He can count to 5 and we're working on the ABC song currently.  He loves itsy bitsy spider and baby shark.  And he remembers people and their names.  At my office Jennie and Joe are like two extra grandparents and he adores them and they him.  I am so grateful to have him in my day to day life.

My daughter and her husband are living in a camper and about halfway finished building a home and it's just 4 miles from my house and about 12 miles from the great grandparents house.  She's calling it her forever home and I'm so very thankful that they made the choice to be close to us. 

I am currently sitting in the tiny camper, in the dark listening to the rain fall and tiny little breathing of a sleeping boy and two dogs. January is the target date for the house.  The rain needs to stop to make that happen, but the last inspection passed with flying colors so full speed ahead. 

But back to Cooper.  He has brought so much joy to my life and I'm so thankful that I have the time I do with him.  I don't know what he will do with his life, but I sure hope I'm lucky enough to live to see it.  I am making him a Facebook page... it's a private group and it's just for me and Cooper (once he's old enough to have facebook I'll invite him to join). I write to him ... with pictures and posts frequently.  I hope that some day he will enjoy reading them and know how very much I love him. 

A heart can always love more.  No matter how many people you love, there is always room for people and more love.  Make sure to tell the people you love how very much you love them. 

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Lauren Williams, CPO
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Tammy Lankford, Thank you for sharing your joy. He's an adorable little person.

Nov 07, 2019 07:51 PM #1
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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My psychic prediction waw that Cooper would find his way to AR for the attitude of gratitude...and of course...he did ...what a cutie !

Nov 08, 2019 05:16 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Tammy... Cooper is just too sweet for words (and obviously smart, as well). I can see why you enjoy being Grammy and are grateful for this very special of familial relationships.

Nov 08, 2019 05:26 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
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What a beautiful post, and I love your idea of the Facebook page. I am so happy you are Grammy to such a wonderful child!

Nov 08, 2019 06:35 AM #4
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Brian England
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My Mom would always tell me that she was in no hurry to become a Grandma, but seeing how much love came from her becoming a Grandma, I think that secretly she was hoping for it sooner, rather than later, haha.

Nov 08, 2019 07:24 AM #5
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Tammy Lankford,
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Lauren Williams, CPO your terminology made me giggle, my daughter calls him her "tiny human"

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  what? did my facebook posts give it away that I'm smitten with the little guy?

 

Nov 08, 2019 07:58 AM #6
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Tammy Lankford,
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Nina Hollander I just can't imagine it being any other way now that he's here.  And I'm so looking forward to a brother or sister (some day) in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

Kat Palmiotti I can't claim originality for the idea... I actually got it from an AR friend who did it for someone in her family and told me about it, not sure if she has shared it with her family member yet or not.  But I loved it and borrowed the idea.

Brian England I made no secrets about it.  Even when Abigail was single I used to tell her I'd be happy to help if she just decided to adopt one of the abandoned babies from the hospital when drug addicted moms had them in the ER and then walked out and left the babies.  And I'd still be happy to love one of those for a little sister too. :)

Nov 08, 2019 08:03 AM #7
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Hello Tammy - what a terrific post and wonderfully told.  You can see the love that surrounds Cooper.  

Nov 08, 2019 08:24 AM #8
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Good morning Tammy Lankford, - I am so happy for you.  The joy of a child is a wonderful gift.

Nov 08, 2019 08:49 AM #9
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Tammy Lankford, What a lucky little boy Cooper is to have you for his Grammy!

Nov 08, 2019 01:04 PM #10
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Michael Jacobs absolutely that boy is surrounded by love.  Our family "group text" just a message from my mom say "it's time for a Cooper photo" because she didn't see him in a couple of days.

Grant Schneider it certainly is.

Brian England I'd guess it happens at least once a month.  Of course not all of those babies make it either.  They are mostly premature and very small at birth.  When Cooper was in the NICU the tiny little unnamed girl who was a ward of the state next to him was just 6 pounds and she was 8 weeks old.  It was just amazing to see the how much the nurses loved on her.

 

Nov 08, 2019 01:06 PM #11
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Tammy- I feel like I've watched your family grow in my 10 years here in the Rain. Love the idea of the Facebook page just for you and for him. So happy that all that love you have is being shared with Cooper. 

Nov 08, 2019 07:48 PM #12
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Your grandson sounds like a bundle of joy.  It must be wonderful to hear him say his first words.  I know we loved seeing our grandson walk for the first time.  We are still waiting on his first words.

Nov 09, 2019 08:30 AM #13
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Tammy Lankford,
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  I feel sure I'm the lucky one.

Kathy Streib hopefully when I am gone he'll be able to share it with his kids who can look back and see his adventures when he was a baby and a child and know how much love is in our family.

Raymond Henson He's an amazing little bundle and our first grand... and brings us SO much joy.

 

Nov 09, 2019 11:14 AM #14
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Don Baker
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Yes he is a joy.  I love this little guy very much also. Everyone who meets him does as well.

Nov 14, 2019 01:52 PM #15
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