I’ve been wanting to write a post about technology for a long time, and there is no better motivation than being half a country away from my sweet baby girl and my amazing HOS.
Our little family has been using Skype for a number of months now. My dad and Sue are some of those lucky people who get to migrate south for the winter. Typically, they go way south to Mexico. They asked that we start using Skype so they wouldn’t miss out watching Charlotte grow. And let me tell you, four months makes a HUGE difference when it comes to babies.
Skype has been a blessing. I can’t even explain how much it meant to see my dad and Sue on the screen, and to watch Charli scrunch up her face at what she probably thought was a mini TV.
It’s not easy living in a different state than my family on a normal basis, let alone another country. Skype makes it possible for them to maintain a strong presence in Charlotte’s life even if its via video conference. Despite the distance, my baby girl will recognize their faces and their voices.
Aside from Skype, HOS and I have iPhones, so we can FaceTime one another. At this very moment, I’m in Atlanta for work. HOS and Charli are in Topeka. I hate being away, but I’m able to call them and actually see their faces!
On the call, Charlotte just kept giving the phone mean faces, but when I sang the ABCs, she lit up and smiled! It’s like she knew it was me.
I don’t care who you are or whether or not you think technology is a pain. It has done nothing but improve the quality of my family life, and I’m so grateful that it’s free (Skype) or built into our cell phones!
What piece of technology makes life better for your family?
Wow–I can’t tell you how much I agree with what you are talking about! Seeing Charli live and close up means so much to us, and we hope she is figuring out who is behind that screen. Just this morning we were extolling the virtues of Skyping grandchildren with a friend whose daughter is moving to Australia. Both Skype and Facebook have been a godsend–all made possible by a mom and dad who are willing to share their sweet baby with a couple of doting grandparents. Thank you so much!