Thursday, April 19, 2007

Grandparental Joy

It didn't take long for me to discover the special joy of being a grandparent. It was still fairly early when Cuppa and I found ourselves at breakfast while Mom and Dad were still tied down at the hospital. I thought it rather fine to have enjoyed the birthing (although I wasn't in the small room, I wasn't far away) and then retire tired but fulfilled to breakfast followed by a bit of a rest.

We did return in the afternoon for several hours and held Smudge at length. She was very content to be passed among eager arms at great length. Truth be told, she barely stirred despite our attempts to rouse her and have her feed. However, in the womb, her most active time was in the evening, so she could be howling in protest right now for all I know — another grandparental benefit.

Cuppa and I both felt ourselves to be in a time warp today. When we were becoming parents, we were forced to gown and mask before contact, and we almost had to make an appointment to even see the children. Now, they are plunked right into your arms sans both gowns and masks, and we were able to enjoy Smudge just as much as our little but filled-to-overflowing hearts desired.

This is a small hospital with only one four-bed room for new Moms. It was full today; all were delivered by the same doctor although there are three in town. All were girls. It should be noted that he is going on Caribbean vacation Friday — seriously!

Meanwhile, permit me to show these two photos from this afternoon. I was willing to wait but when Cuppa demanded six more for her blog, I thought I should grab a couple while I could. That's another change since our days — digital cameras, computers and internet to facilitate sharing so much so easily.



12 comments:

Freya/Alianora said...

She is absolutely precious! I'm glad to see she is healthy and quite content, congratulations to all of you =) I hope Butterfly is doing very well =)

Pam said...

Ohhhhhh, she is beautiful!!!Congratulations, Grandpa, enjoy. My best to the new Mom and Dad and of course, Cuppa, the new Gram.

Cathy said...

Awwwwww . . . beautiful. Spring has arrived. Happy, happy, happy . . .

Gina said...

So glad she's here! She's beautiful!

Dale said...

She's adorable! Congratulations to all. I know it's been a long journey.

Cate said...

As I said before, she's absolutely beautiful. You are truly blessed to have her in your life.

Coll said...

Oh A/C, I am so very thrilled for you and Cuppa. Being a grand parent is truly one of life's most rewarding experiences. And she is such a lovely little girl. How very very wonderful. :-)

Loner said...

oh she is just beautiful. Glad mom is okay - and you make a fine grandpa. Congratulations to you all, what an amazing way to welcome spring!

Kathy said...

awwww shes beautiful!!! congratulations to you all!

Ginnie said...

Ah, there's nothing quite like the grandparent thing. ENJOY.

methatiam said...

awwwwwww -
It's the nice thing about being an uncle too - let mom and dad handle it, but when the baby's cute and quiet, I'll take over for a while.

ChrisB said...

These are really lovely photos, there is something so special being grandparents.