My son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby early February. Her due date is February 8, however we all know that the baby will arrive when he wants to. Even inside the womb he is smiling. This little guy already brings joy to our hearts and is loved so much. With the arrival of my first grandchild I am already trying to be mindful of my boundaries as a parent and grandparent. I am trying to only give advice and suggestions when asked because I remember when I was pregnant and all the unsolicited advice that people gave me. This can be incredibly overwhelming!! The last thing my daughter in law needs is another opinion being thrown at her. She is doing an amazing job of nourishing herself during this pregnancy. She looks like she is glowing and I've never seen her without a huge ear to ear smile. I still don't know how she is working 12 hour night shifts as a RN but she manages very well. She is a such natural care giver and Luke is one lucky kiddo to have her as a mommy.
Children bring out the magic in all of us. The magic of being completely present. How so? Well when you cuddle with a precious baby, or play hide and seek with your 3 year old, or read a silly bedtime story to your 4 year old or teach your 5 year old how to ride a bike are you thinking of all the other tasks in your life that need to be completed? The answer is most likely, NO. You are entirely present with the simplicity and pureness of their heart and mind. Their joy and curiosity to learn all that the world has to offer. All children are born with so much love to give and receive, they don't know fear or hatred. Love wins.
I look forward to seeing my son become a father to his own son. Witnessing all the "firsts" as a grandparent will be pretty amazing. I'm still getting use to the title, gramma. Maybe Luke will create another name for gramma Mel.
Its hard to imagine that this time next year that Luke will be crawling or walking around their home. Probably tearing freshly wrapped presents or pulling ornaments off the tree. This undoubtedly will make me laugh.
Luke whenever you decide to make your appearance earth side, we will be waiting with open arms. Thank you for choosing us to be your family. We love you little man. xoxo