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Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy:

The Making of A “GiGi”

Baby shoes, bottle, teething ring, pacifier, clothes on a furry backgroundI was recently featured on Blind Motherhood where I shared my story on sight loss and becoming a GiGi. ~Steph

As long as I live I’ll never forget that moment. The photo of the tiny sleeping infant nestled in my son’s arms was so precious. My eyes filled with tears as I continued to look at my first grandchild; he was so beautiful. Thoughts of not being able to see him as well as I would have previously didn’t even cross my mind. All I wanted was to hold this precious baby. continue reading

21 thoughts on “Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy:

  1. I just added you. I’m vamazed and I’ll add the other people 🙂 thank you! It’s always great to connect with others who are experiencing vision loss.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post and I’m so glad you shared your story. As a woman who is gradually losing her vision, one of my fears is not being able to see the faces of my loved ones but more so the faces of future children and/or grandchildren. Your words: “forgetting you can’t physically see after sight loss becomes the norm,” comforted me 🙂

    1. 💖 I’m glad you were able to take comfort in my words. As you know losing vision is difficult and at times so scary it can feel overwhelming. For me looking too far into the future is almost suffocating so I work hard to reign it in and focus on now because I don’t want to look back to see time lost to those things I have no control over. It’s not easy and some days it can be a moment by moment type of thing but I find strength in advocacy and the many friends I’ve met in the blind community. Are you on Instagram by any chance? The reason I ask there are some amazing people experiencing sight loss who are such an encouragement and excellent examples of positivity.

      1. Yes! I’m on Instagram. How do I get connected with these people?

      2. You can follow them and I can put in a word. Mara (atemara on Instagram) has a huge following and she also has a website, atemara.com. Christie is another one and her handle is lovechristie615 and Anna who goes by unuhinuii. What do you go by on Instagram? I’m boldblindbeauty. Just like WordPress, if you engage with others they will do likewise. I’ve really just started using Instagram more this year and I’m still learning.

  3. Beautiful story of a loving grandmother, Steph. Your posts always leave me feeling that everything is possible. Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey.✨✨✨

    1. I enjoy your comments Khaya. 💗💗💗

  4. I enjoyed reading this beautifully written post, to understand your journey better. It’s great how you watch your grandson, I bet that’s so much fun! I look forward to being a grandma one day! You are amazing and are such an inspiration! 🌷

    1. Thank you Jenny. The feeling of being a grandparent well exceeded my expectations. It is fun watching him though he does tire me out from time to time but I treasure the moments with him because he is growing up so fast.😔

      1. They do grow up way too fast! Changing all the time. So precious 💕💕

  5. I enjoyed reading your story over at Holly’s blog. As I said there, I think it’s great how you’ve looked after your grandchild.. I’ve often heard that grandchildren give their grandparents new energy. I guess they need it if they’re going to keep up! 🙂

    1. Hmmmm, new energy, okay that’s what I’m going with 😉. If I had one wish I’d like to have my grandson’s energy. It’s really remarkable how different it is being a grandparent as opposed to being a parent. Maybe it comes down to being able to send him home when it’s time but I do have far more patience with him than I did with my sons.

      1. I’ve heard other people say similar things. My grandmother was always very sweet and helpful to me, but my mother said that as a parent, she could be scarily strict! 🙂

      2. Sounds like my grandma 😂

  6. As always you showed great courage when faced with the obstacles placed in front of you Steph. It’s remarkable what you’ve achieved. To look after your grandson at weekends as a baby was fantastic, but as a three and a half year old t’s nothing short of miraculous. I’m sighted and struggle to keep up with mine.
    Sometimes I’m awestruck when I read your posts. You’re an amazing lady.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. Believe me this little three year old keeps me on my toes and it’s a constant reminder that I’m not as young as I used to be.😆 He can be a real handful and I’ve found myself letting him get a pass on stuff my boys weren’t allowed to do like playing with his toys seemingly everywhere. When my kids were small they were only allowed to play with one toy at a time and only in their bedroom. No wonder two of the three seem to have an affinity for chaos whereas my oldest son is extremely neat. I’ll tell you what though I’m so glad to have survived my grandson’s terrible 2s because there were a few times I thought for sure he’d take me over the edge 😂. I’m sure you can relate with your cutie, little Reuben. But all in all I love being a grandparent. Massive HUGS back at you my friend.💗💟💖

  7. this is a deeply elegant story with great vision:)

    1. Thank you Mihran!! I hope you are doing well.🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing Holly’s story.

    1. Hi Caroline, thank you. It’s actually my story featured on Holly’s blog. I probably should have put an intro into the post (doing that now).

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