Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Look at this debut!

I have heard lots of bad news from friends and family about cancer, death, auto accidents, brain tumors, house fires, teen troubles and more. The Phillipines is a mess, and I feel helpless. I find myself lately saying, Why would anyone want to bring a baby into this crazy world?

I am not going to get all philosophical here, but let me just say that after meeting with my daughter, granddaughter and her husband on the parking lot of the doctor's office, I know that love conquers all.

When they handed me the ultrasound picture with "Hi Grandma" typed on top, I squealed, hugged them and ran up to the first woman I saw and shoved the picture at her, tapped it and said, "This is my first great-grandchild!"

She nodded, half-smiled, said, "Oh," and kept walking.

Yes, there are crazies in this world, and yesterday I appeared to be one of them.

Even in the worst crises, life goes on. Here is my granddaughter's "tadpole."



On my way home I thought about how happy my mother would be. Ashley was her first great grandchild, and to say she was obsessed with her would be an understatement. I'm sure she's rejoicing in heaven.

I gazed at a snapshot of my maternal great-grandmother. She used to allow my mom (when she was a little girl)  to comb out her curls after just coming from the beauty salon. My mom's mom would reprimand her, but my mom's grandmother would say, "You leave her alone. I don't mind at all."

That act of selflessness made all the difference to my mother in her life. She often said she felt more love from her grandma than anyone. Ever.

I picked up my great grandma's photo and placed the ultra sound picture next to it. "Meet your great-great-great-great grandbaby, Wally."

The doctor said the baby has a very strong heartbeat, so the parents are convinced it's a boy, whose name (this month) is Wyatt William. They will know the gender for sure in one month. Times have sure changed. She can dye her hair and paint the nursery, all no-nos when I was PG.

Ashley is 8 1/2 weeks along; her due date is, June 27th. It would be incredible if she delivered on my mom's birthday, June 21st or on her mom's birthday June 24th, or mine, or her husband's or any of the other eight June birthdays in our family. 

18 comments:

Dianna Graveman said...

Congrats, Linda! I know this must be a very happy time for you.

Bobby Barbara Smith said...

You're not crazy at all! I'm so looking forward to the day one of my Grandchildren tell me I'm going to be a GG grandmother. I like the name Wyatt...even if they have to change it to Wyatteta ;) Congrats!

Kim said...

Yay! Babies are the best! I don't think I'm quite ready for great grandchildren yet, but we will welcome our 9th grandchild in May.

I like the name Wyatt - do they have girl names picked out too, just in case?

Shelly said...

Congratulations!!! What beautiful thoughts here, too. Much rejoicing in heaven and on earth~

Cathy C. Hall said...

Love that you grabbed a stranger and shared the good news! When there are so many worries in the world, it's nice to have such a life-affirming moment!

tracboy2 said...

Mom, it was an amazing experience to witness that amazing hear-beat & little life on the screen. Also to see the look of joy, amazement & wonder in my daughter & son-in-law's eyes. My heart swelled, my eyes brimmed with tears & I kept thanking Jesus for this L'il Miracle that we will be meeting in Late June. I have a feeling that this sweet-heart will grace us with his/her presence on Gram's bday (June 21st). Just her way of letting us know that she has already met this baby in Heaven & lovingly kissed & cuddled this Blessing before God sent it to Ashley. And, YES, my mom did grab a complete stranger! She looked as if she were about to be mugged! Love ya Mom (great grandma-to -be). Xo

Terri Tiffany said...

You are too young to be a great grandma but congrats and enjoy!!!

Beth M. Wood said...

Thanks for sharing a little love and joy during a difficult time. So happy for you and your family! And i think Wyatt would kinda be a cool girl's name, too.
One of my daughter's little friend's has a traditional boy's middle name (Michael) - her parents decided that there was no reason they couldn't still name her after someone so important to them. I love that!

Daisy said...

Aw, such wonderful news! You must be so excited. Congratulations!

Val said...

Congratulations on this milestone! June will be here before you know it.

And you must know that somewhere tonight, a woman is blogging about a weirdo who grabbed her on the street.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Happy news!! My great granddaughter is 4 and a little doll. So much fun to be able to love them without all that responsibility!

Susan said...

Awwwwwww, Linda. Congratulations. That is so amazing, isnt it? That little baby will be SOOOO loved. He/she is already!

Thanks so much for all your visits to my blog. You are a sweetie. Susan

River said...

Congratulations! I'm not too good at deciphering ultrasounds, but I'm sure I see a little face down towards the bottom right?

Sioux said...

Congratulations. I know you and Bill will spoil that great grandbaby, and he/she will be well-loved.

K9friend said...

Congratulations, Great-Grandma! What exciting news for your family.

Pat
Critter Alley

jabblog said...

Congratulations:-) It's a lovely feeling, knowing that you're going to be a great-grandmother. My great-granddaughter is eight months old now, three and a half months younger than my (so far) youngest grandchild.

thisisme said...

Hi linda. Congratulations once again! Iknow how amazing it is just being a grandma, so to be a great grandma must be very special indeed. So heartwarming to hear some happy news amidst all the bad stuff!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! As always, just a tad envious since I don't have any grand-babies yet, but I know it will be worth the wait. :)