In my opinion, one of the greatest social developments of the past few decades is the change in parental leave policy. When my boys were born, Hubby Tony had to use his vacation days to spend time with his new sons. Today, the companies that Son Brian and Daughter-In-Law Nicole work for both have generous paid time off. After Baby Jay was born, both parents were there for the first initial weeks, then Nicole stayed home with him while Brian worked. When she went back to work Brian stepped in as the full-time caregiver.
Brian has to go back to work at the beginning of April. Before he does, he invited Tony and me out for a visit. We spent six wonderful days in California hanging with this guy:
Jay was on the cusp of his five-month birthday (which happened the day we left). Developmentally, he was right on track, so we got to see him sit up with just a little assistance and work on developing his rolling-over skills. He liked to cuddle, coo, smile, laugh, and blow bubbles. Any object in his hand ended up in his mouth.
Tony and I got to give him some bottles and take him out for a few walks. The time flew by, and all too soon we were giving Jay a last hug and kiss. Until our next trip Tony and I will have to make do with FaceTime calls and text updates.