Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Welcome Addition


My parents lived most of my life in the same house in Connecticut, and most of those years with the same next door neighbor, Mike. Mike and my father were friends with a twist. For years they played practical jokes on one another. Mother was more than startled to discover Mike's addition to her wreath one Christmas - the license plate begging to Let Me Tell You About My Grandchildren.

As to why this is germane in February - it isn't. I'm just late. In December our first grandchild was born. He is glorious, a complete masterpiece. All things a grandson should be, and more.


We have gazed at every toe (I get credit for those), lingered over every passing expression, oohed and aahhed over the slightest wave a hand. So far he seems to most resemble his maternal grandfather (no bad thing), arches his back and gazes like his father and my son (from under those same long lashes), has a voracious appetite (not sure who gets credit for that beyond his mom - there are plenty of candidates), and is according to his aunt, "Taking after his Mom.... a wiggle worm who always picked everything up quickly!" This last comment came after he learned to roll over at 7+ weeks.

In short we've spent hours discussing just how he fits into the family. I suspect he will carve his own place - as we all have. And I know we will be the richer for his presence.


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    1. Words to delight a doting grandmother! Thanks so much.

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  2. He sounds perfect in every way... ;)

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  3. He is just too precious! No need to tell you to enjoy every moment with him--I know you will!

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    1. I have, Shelley, though the sleep deprivation is harder now. But grandparents get to go home after a few days and catch up!

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    1. And music, and baseball, and history, and toasted ravioli...

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  5. I love this post, the picture, and the great comments. I can't believe he already turned over! Wow!

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    1. And can support his weight. He's going to mobile before his parents know what has hit them.

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  6. Congratulations on this wonderful addition to life and your role as grandparent! Sounds like it's time to get out all those old baby pictures of the adults and compare notes!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous - love that perfectly shaped little noggin'. Congratulations! Now start whispering in his little ears: "You want to search for the family roots, you want to find your ancestors, ...."

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    1. Thanks, Greta. Fear not. There is a plan, and subliminal messages have begun.

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  8. You know how perfect I think he is! And, for the record, congrats one more time! I told the grandtwin stories about their ancestors when I would baby sit, they stared at me with perfect interest and awe! LOL Now, they are too busy reading and such. Grab your chance to infect them with the love of research NOW while you still have a chance! LOL

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    1. Bless you! Those tales are in the back of their heads, anchoring them.

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  9. How adorable!

    Welcome to the ranks of us who wondered if we'd ever get the kids raised, and who now have the wondrous opportunity to dote on the grands.

    Dee at Shakin' the Family Tree

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    1. Thanks, Dee! Still can't wrap my mind around my little guy being a father himself.

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  10. Simply darling, and I so love your excitement. I'm a little late in responding, but at least I get to read the nice comments and your replies. (My sister's nickname as a young child was "wiggle worm" and she hated it!)Can't wait to watch him grow.

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    1. Thank you, Barb. Nicknames are something else to think about. Just learned my son HATES the nickname I use for him. Oops! Not sure if I can change at this point.

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