It seems like it was just yesterday. My daughter and her hub sharing the news that “we’re having a baby”. I remember thinking, oh joy, I’m going to be a grandma. They had already been married five years so it’s not like it was a surprise or anything. I think it was more of a wake up call on my own mortality.
Nine months later while eating dinner at their house, the contractions began and hours later off to the hospital we went. Along the way, my son-in-law said the he and Kate had talked about it and decided they’d like to have me in the room for the birth of my first grandchild. What a gift, I was so excited to welcome our little bundle into the world.
My little mister arrived in the usual way without complications. From the moment I set eyes on him I was in love. I remember watching him lay in his bassinet looking around checking out this family who eagerly awaited his arrival, the first grandchild and great-grand child on his mother’s side of the family.
Now five, he’s all boy. He’s everything I could wish for; kind, soft spoken, sensitive, respectful, funny, thoughtful, complimentary, and fiercely protective of his family.
I know one day he’ll go off to college, get married and be a great husband and father just like his daddy…his role model. He’ll choose a career where he can use his analytical, organizational and problem solving skills. I tell my daughter all the time to watch for his gifts and nurture them. At this time he likes to build with legos, make art projects and hang out with his buddy Pawker (Parker). He was born with a Boston accent and it tickles us with the way he pronounces R’s.
This little guy and I have a special bond, he’s my buddy. My first and only grandson. It’s my responsibility to spoil him, to encourage him to always try and never give up even when obstacles are thrown in his way. I’ll teach him to take deep breaths when it hurts, just like I did when his mom was a little girl.
My heart overflows with love for my little mister. I can’t believe how the years have flown by and how grown up he is. Ready to start kindergarten in the fall, excited about learning, meeting new friends and getting on with this thing called life.