Saturday, August 25, 2007

Welcome to our First Grandchild!

The baby's here… the baby's here!! Seven pounds, 10 ounces and 20-3/4 inches long, our first grandchild, a boy, arrived on Friday, Aug. 24th and we are so excited. I guess up until now it's still been sort of abstract but now that the baby is here, I have been experiencing a wide range of emotions. Well, that started a few days earlier really. I was on the treadmill a few days ago and thought about the fact that my son, my only child, is about to be a father and have a child of his own and I started crying! Where did that come from? And even now, as I type this I find I am wiping away a hint of a tear from my eye. Okay, so I am a softie, and I get emotional about things, I admit it. But, I cannot imagine what this must feel like to my daughter-in-law's father and mother, having your DAUGHTER give birth. I wish so much that my mother and father were still living to witness this. I'll bet my mother would be crying too. J I am so proud of my daughter in law. She handled her labor so well, and looking at her you would never know she's just had a baby! She's relaxed, energetic, and even though she hasn't slept much, she seems rested.

One thing that was interesting to me is the way they do modern delivery. It's like you can schedule your baby's delivery around your own schedule. My daughter-in-law checked into a birthing suite the night before, was induced early the next morning and has stayed in that same room throughout, with the baby in the room with her 99% of the time. Back when I had my son, well, you pretty much had to wait until that baby was ready to come and then rush off frantically to the emergency room, have your baby in a pretty clinical delivery room where afterward you would be swiftly whisked upstairs to a regular hospital room, with more of your time separated from your baby than with him. How times have changed.

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