Sunday, May 9, 2010

~Introducing A New Grand-Daughter~

Introducing our latest grandchild: Emilia Bay. She's beautiful and looks exactly like her big sister, Ella, looked at birth.....except that she has dark dark hair. Her eyes are light blue...even lighter than Ella's were. She was welcomed home by her big sister and big brother, who jumped at the chance to hold her whenever they can: Jackson, at 2, for short little spurts....but Ella, at 5, for sometimes an hour-at-a-time.

Jackie is on her way to recovering from her c-section. Emilia nurses quite a bit more often than her mama would like at this point. She was smaller than her sister and brother, and is already gaining weight since her birth 10 days ago.

I was so honored to go down and spend time helping out. I drove Ella to and from the bus stop each morning and afternoon....and will miss watching her climb down the stairs to the bus at the end of each kindergarten day with her headband askew, socks sagging, hair flying, with a huge smile on that sweet little face! We made paper doll dresses out of pressed flowers, 'danced' princess stickers down the ballroom steps time-and-time again......polished nails, and spent time swinging on the swings and picking flowers for her mom and her teacher.

She took me by surprise, when while tucking her into bed the first nite I was there, she asked, " did Emilia get into my Mom's tummy?". Oh boy....I quickly explained to her that God put her there. He's like "magic". She quickly looked skyward and whispered, "Thank you, God". And then added, "Will He put a baby in MY tummy?". Oh my. I could tell it worried her. "NO.....I must be married to someone you love first". "Oh", she answered....and with that I kissed her good nite, shut the door, and leaned against it in the hallway before skipping down the steps. She's a smart little cookie!!

Jackson is into all the "I Spy" books....and I can tell you we read them each at LEAST a hundred times!!! He even carries them up to bed with him. His favorite phrase, "No way" when he doesn't want to do something. He looks exactly like a Hummel figurine!

And Emilia? An angel here on earth. No crying. Just long periods of sleep...and then wide-open blue eyes looking around at her new 'home'. I just couldn't get enough of holding her...or that sweet baby 'smell'. I couldn't help but wonder if she remembers heaven. I am sure they are missing her!!

I am so blessed to have a daughter-in-law who has made sure that both Jim and I have had a chance to 'bond' with each of our grandbabies soon after their births. I cannot thank her...or love her....enough for that!

I will drive down there again. Often. 2 1/2 hours is not at all far for this Grandma to go to spend precious time with these three little angels. And in between....I will be missing all their smiles...and oh......those sweet hugs and kisses that only they can give so unconditionally~

Happy Mother's Day to all my blogger friends out there....from one happy but 'pooped-out' Grandma~

P.S. Does anyone know if they still make Geritol??!!!!


Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Congratulations!! What precious grandchildren. Loved the pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

Vicki said...

What beautiful grandchildren you have. Aren't they just the greatest things in the world! I think so.
Congratulations! Happy Mother's Day!

Darlene said...

AWWWWW all three of your grandchildren are GORGEOUS!!! Happy Mother's Day!!!♥

Lemon Lane Studio said...

I am chuckling at your geritol search. This has been a bittersweet Mother's Day for me. We moved my daughter and my 2 year old grandson a whole 20 minutes away yesterday. I wouldn't complain except until yesterday he was right upstairs. Sigh...My head knows it was time but my heart is completely broken in two. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I will be spending some time browsing your past blog posts. Happy Mother's Day. Patty

Mel said...

They are all sooo precious... And you're too young for Geritol baby doll!


San said...

Such a beauty! She fits in perfectly--this family is blessed with the beauty gene.

Anna said...

Congratulations. She is adorable, all of them are adorable. I loved the way Ella was holding Emilia, that big smile.
My son is 5 too. Together with my daughter 3, they have been asking for a new baby. My daughter said can we buy another baby, and same as you, I said God will give us baby, we don't buy them. From then on this is my son's prayer " dear God will you please give us a baby brother for me and a baby sister for my sister! Thank you"
I bet if they ever have another sibling they would have a smile like Ella.
Happy mother's day.

Amy said...

What beautiful photos and story too!! I love your quick thinking on the baby question thing!!! Kids never say, "Be prepared because tomorrow at 4:00 I am going to ask you where babies come from." (!)

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Hi Carol! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving nice Mother's Day wishes. Your Mommy's Day, or Grandmom's Day :o), looks like it was wonderful. Congrats on your new baby granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.

Nice to "meet" you ;o), and I look forward to checking out more of your blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Amelia said...

Such precious babies...pride and joy of a Grandmother for sure.

Have a wonderful week.

Kat said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful little angel! All three of those babies are gorgeous! WOW!

How wonderful that you were able to go and spend time with them. That is such a gift. :)

And Happy Mother's Day!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Congratulations, Carol. I loved all the photos of the little ones. And especially loved how you handled the "where do babies come from"!!! But the little comment, "Thank you God", really did me in. So precious!!!
Looks like you had a wonderful Mother's Day! : )
Take care,
Mary Lou

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, they are ALL beautiful!!! You must be smitten!! How could you help it?? And I think Ella resembles you. You are so beautiful. Happy, happy Mother's Day!! A bit belated...but I KNOW it was happy with your daughter and grandkids. So glad you are home, though...we really missed you!! Love, Janine XO

Duni said...

Congratulations! She is SO PRETTY. And I love her name!

Katherine Your Online Avon Lady said...

Congratulations on your newest blessing. I love being a grandparent ( I have five grandchildren). It is a joy like no other. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

Nel from Nebraska said...

Every time I see these cute little cherub faces, it makes my heart melt. Aren't grandbabies the best?? :-) Nel