Friday, October 05, 2012

Whew!

No photos yet - I've left my camera at my daughter's house - but the latest granddaughter has made her entrance. The Sprout was born October 2 at 2:35 a.m. She weighed over 8 lbs and has enough black, wavy hair to run a brush through. She is, of course, as cute as a bug's ear. A little cursory research indicates that babies look adorable to adults as a result of genetic programming; a little natural incentive to insure we take care of the infant. Big eyes, button noses, rosebud mouths - they'll get us every time.

I've been spending at least three days a week at the Bean's house tending to her while her parents worked. I'll continue the practice during my daughter's maternity leave, establishing a routine to which the Bean, and now the Sprout, can grow accustomed. It's grandmother heaven, I tell you. There's never a dull moment what with playing with blocks and clay and dolls and trucks (the Bean is well-rounded already), changing diapers, tying bibs, cleaning up mealtime spills, and enforcing nap time, during which I run about picking up toys, doing laundry, preparing supper and collapsing for an hour myself on the long, low sofa. Added to all that now will be the feeding and cuddling of a newborn. I will surface into the calm, quiet world of my cottage at the end of each week, sink into the comfort of my own mattress, immerse myself in books and long walks, and recharge for the middle of the coming week.(Anyone whose retirement is dull should seriously consider becoming a grandparent!)

All of us will gather this weekend to celebrate the Sprout's birth and the Bean's second birthday. There will be cake and ice cream and presents and laughter. And love, lots of baby snuggling, congratulatory hugging, cheek kissing, eye sparkling love.




10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i am glad you are having such fun being a grand....smiles....and congrats on the new little one...new life is a beautiful thing...

Kerry said...

Congratulations! Yaaay for a healthy little baby girl.

Your routine sounds tiring, but you are definitely up to it. Good for you!

Bean and Sprout are very cute nicknames; I can't figure out what they'll do if a third comes along!

Out on the prairie said...

Congrats, my life rotates around my grandkids

Tabor said...

Such a great time in your life. You also know how to enjoy it. Good luck!

Barbara Shallue said...

Congratulations!! I can tell you are, indeed, in heaven. I just hope I get some grandkids one day, and that I still have enough energy to enjoy them!

Pauline said...

Brian - indeed it is. Fraught with worry at the moment with jaundice but hopefully all will settle down and smooth out as the weeks progress.

Kerry - I doubt there will be a third. They are "older" parents. The routine is tiring but I get to rest at the end of the week and I wouldn't miss the fun of the middle for anything!

OOTP - mine too. Fun, eh?

Tabor - I had no idea how much fun it would be. I knew my own Mama was a happy, enthusiastic Memere. Now I know why.

Barbara - when it happens you'll find the energy :)

Hilary said...

Oh congrats to you, Pauline. They sound utterly delightful. I'm so looking forward to photos.

Judith said...

A bean and a sprout --
How healthy, how delicious!
I wish you strength, Pauline. The happiness I also wish you is taking care of itself!

Molly said...

I was wondering how you were doing, so went looking. Must have missed this! Congratulations and glad you are so happy and exhausted!!

Pauline said...

Hilary - it's such a busy happy time!

J - yes, I need all the strength I can muster right now just to carry the Bean up the stairs ;)

Molly - I've been busy all right. It's a happy exhaustion so that's okay.