Steve and I are the grandparents of Ivana, 3 1/2 year old daughter of our oldest son Adam and his wife, Maggie. They live in Madison; once a year Adam and Maggie go on a trip with over-achieving staff members of Adam’s company. Yay Adam – 5 years in a row!
Ivana stays with us during this spring trip – usually when she and her parents come to Door County they stay in Ellison Bay at my parent’s house – so this is our turn. When she was just a baby, it was a little difficult – but Regan was still home. The first year she was still getting up twice during the night – Regan and I took turns. One night we both thought it was the other’s turn and neither of us went. We realized it later (or earlier that morning), at the second feeding – she was just fine and fell back asleep. You forget that babies do that once in a while!
This year, Regan is gone so it was just Steve and I. Fortunately, Ivana has a fantastic vocabulary and told us what she needed, when she needed it and what she should do next! It all seemed logical, so we followed her suggestions.
Just like our children, Ivana came to the Main Street Market with me every morning. Our kids came with me, stayed until lunchtime, went home with Steve – and they all took naps! Ivana followed the pattern, down to the 2+hour naps every afternoon. Steve was in heaven! Forced naps – nothing better than that.
She was so much fun to have and enjoyed coming to the store with me every day. We even went to Details Saturday for her first Polly haircut – very cute cut! I made Risotto for dinner one night – a new taste sensation that she decided she would try after looking at it for 30 minutes. She played with the big bouncy balls and followed Steve and I around – in and out of the backroom, up and downstairs to the office, and when Sam and Missy came home for the weekend, she followed them.
Tuesday we took her to Green Bay to meet her mother and send her home. She’ll be back this summer – but staying in Ellison Bay! She’s a Northrop – she’ll be around the Market! And maybe in the cart brigade for the July 4th parade!
Ivana - Spring 2012