This morning, (with the time difference…I think it was this morning….) the 16th great-grandchild in our family was born. My 99 year old grandma is now the proud great-grandma of 8 boys and 8 girls. This yet to be named little baby boy was born to my cousin Rachel and her husband Ben. They live in Alaska – usually, but are living in France right now due to Ben’s graduate studies overseas. French law requires that the baby is named by Saturday so we should know his name soon. They are even asking for suggestions on Facebook. They didn’t know if they were having a boy or a girl so it was a surprise for everyone!
Since they live so far away, we have only met one of their three children. Thank goodness for Facebook because that is how all of us keep up to date with one another. Ben has an incredible way with words and his blog, “Approximately Limitless” detailed the events of the delivery.
They recently moved to France and their family and friends were able to hear all about the excitement of her speedy labor and delivery. We are all so happy that they have another healthy baby to add to their already beautiful family. Congratulations Rachel and Ben! We are so happy for you!
My sister and I attended a baby shower today. Our brother Tim’s best friend Mike and his wife Lindsey are having a baby girl in June. I have known Mike since he was a kid. He’s been to lots of family celebrations. My mom and Mike’s mom and Francine and Lindsey were friends. I was so happy to be a part of the celebration today, but to be honest, I was quite surprised when I received the invitation last month. Although Tim and Mike are still very close, I don’t see him or Lindsey very often and most of our interactions are through Facebook.
Kathi and I think that we were invited in honor of my mom and Francine and that made us so happy to be there in their place. It was really a special day for Lindsey and her family. Their little girl is due in June. She was showered in pink today and judging by the amount of love shown in that room this afternoon, that baby will be lucky to be born into such a special family.
I wish them all the best.
Although I wasn’t counting down the days, nor did I even know the exact date that the royal baby was due, I did get a little caught up in the hype of his birth. I felt the same way about The Royal Wedding. I did not buy the tabloid magazines, but I read them while getting a pedicure, or flipped through them while waiting in line at the grocery store. I did watch some of the coverage on the news the day of Will and Kate’s wedding. I heard the news of the baby’s birth a few hours after it actually happened. I was not perched on the couch watching for the moment it was announced, but still….I was curious. I was intrigued. I am not sure where the fascination I have with The Royal Family comes from. Perhaps it is the “fairy tale life” it seems they have. Perhaps, it is the first actual “reality show” I can remember. I have been following their story on television and in the media since the wedding of Charles and Diana.
Growing up, I loved fairy tales. So many little girls grow up dreaming of being a princess. I can remember always wanting to be Cinderella – my favorite of all the fairy tale princesses. I read it over and over again. I envisioned myself in a beautiful white gown with glass slippers marrying my Prince Charming when I grew up.
Perhaps it is the obsession and fascination so many people have over Will and Kate. They seem to have such a positive impact on others and are proving to be good role models for our society. I am aware that part of their “job description” is good will towards others and I admit that I do like hearing about the charitable deeds they do. Despite the prestige and the glamor and living in the spot light at all times, they seem to always portray themselves in a favorable light with what seem to be sincere morals.
I did wind up marrying my Prince Charming. We are not living in a castle, nor do we have wealth and riches raining down upon us, but we are happy. We love each other. We are as charitable as we are able to be. We instill good morals within our own children trying to raise them to be upstanding young men. Their births, were so thoroughly “normal,” yet, they were completely fascinating to us and to our families. At the end of the day though, we really are all just “normal” and the birth of the royal baby will provide Will and Kate the chance to experience what so many parents have already been through. This new prince will be in the spot light for the rest of his life and he will give society the chance to relive the wonder and joy of being a new parent.
It is the day before my son’s birthday. I remember this day so clearly even though it was 16 years ago. I can remember this day even more clearly than the day he was born. The excitement of the unknown…waiting for my husband to come home from work. Going to the hospital, my whole family in the waiting room!! The first grandchild! No one would leave ’till he was born. At the time we did not know if it would be a girl or a boy. We had names picked for either. It would be the last few hours of going from just the two of us, to a family of three. I had a very easy pregnancy and a fairly easy labor. It would still be hours (6 1/2 to be exact) before he would come but I knew that our lives were about to change forever – and they have, but only for the better!
As time passes, new generations are born and old ones die. How evident this has been for me recently!
After two very difficult weeks, today was a day to celebrate new life. Our good friends Annie and Joe had a baby boy today. Our tears of disappointment over my mom were turned to joyous smiles for them. We have been so filled with heavy hearts for so many days, that their good news was a reason to be happy. A reason to smile.
I am not sure exactly what I believe about “the afterlife”, but I know that my mom loved babies and she loved Annie and Joe, and so I’d like to believe that she is watching over their new baby boy, his special guardian angel.