Tonight we have the privilege of having Dominic for an overnight. It's a rare honor and we love it. Tomorrow when he wakes up hours before everyone else does my opinion may change, but now while he is sleeping in the other room - priceless.
We don't know why, but Dominic's happy spot in our house has always been under this piece of furniture. Usually he would lie on the shelf there, but tonight he fell fast asleep up against the wall underneath.
When Mark and I were having our first meeting with a psychologist for one of the kids and we were discussing our family Mark commented on the fact that for some reason we really hadn't considered the overlap in grand parenting while still actively parenting.
We may not be able to be as available as some grand parents are, but on the other hand we didn't have to re-childproof our house, we never un-childproofed. We often hear from other grandparents our age how exhausted they are after their grandkids visit. We're still pretty used to the exhaustion that is parenting, albeit we do enjoy our down time much more these days, and frankly require much more of it.