For Christmas this year, Superman rented a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, so all of our peeps could be together. Mary Claire and Tyler came from Charleston and Adam and Elizabeth drove up Christmas afternoon. I brought along some yarn, crochet needles and a book on how to make stuffed animals. I needed to have something to do with my hands. I figured maybe I could bone up on my skills.
One evening while sitting around the fire, Mary Claire and Tyler pull out a gift bag and handing to Superman said “This is for your birthday (which is January 19) since we won’t be able to see you.” Superman pulls out a bunch of tissue paper and a picture frame. He immediately puts it to his chest and says “Oh Wow.” Now, I’m over there crocheting away and Mary Claire says “Mom! Pay attention!”
With a tears in his eyes, Superman turns the frame around and shows us THIS!!!
Wha-WHAT!?!? YIPPEE SKIPEE!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I’M GONNA BE A GRANDMA!!!
MC and Tyler had special little gifts for each of us. Nanny (Superman’s mom) and I got a cute children’s book and Superman received a personalized onesie. The new parents said they were thinking I would be Mimi, kinda, sorta the same as Mary. And jokingly said Superman could be Pipi. You know Mimi and Pipi…….Everyone is dying of laughter, except maybe Superman. Ok, ok…so maybe Pipi isn’t his first choice of names, but we all know that whatever this little punkin wants to call him he’ll be just fine with.I really don’t think I’m old enough to be a grandmother… didn’t I just have her?…but she is perfectly ready to start a family.She’s in perfect health, yet here in her first trimester, as you can see, she’s a little green with nausea. Now, as of today, already in her second trimester she is feeling great!!!Within minutes after all the hugs and congratulations, Superman was texting his besties about the big news. Mary Claire fussed “DAD!!!! Don’t tell anyone! We are keeping this a secret until my next doctor’s visit.” Oops. We promised that we wouldn’t say a thing. (See? Here it is February before I’m telling the world about this wonderful news! Boy, I’m good…weelll…)
About 2:00 in the morning of the evening we found out, I got a bad case of heartburn. I got up, dropped a few Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and started scrolling through Pinterest. Of course, I was looking at all the wonderful baby things I could make. I even made a new baby board to pin all the fun ideas to. The next morning, I got a text from my sister, who asked how everything was going and if I had anything new to share. (I’m thinking to myself, “My lips are sealed. I am not going to spill the beans until Mary Claire says I can. I can keep a secret.”) I told my sister that we were having a wonderful time! She replied that she was on Pinterest that morning and saw a new board I had made. YIKES! At 2:00 in the morning I forgot to make that board a “secret board”.
Then a few weeks ago, before we got the green light to share, Superman and I were having dinner with some friends. (These fine folks above are our peeps, our familia, our loves, not who we were having dinner with in this little ditty I’m sharing….) Anyway… Superman started telling our friends at dinner about his conversation with Tyler, the soon-to-be-new-dad. “Yeah, I told Tyler, who is now a practicing vegan, that when this little whippersnapper comes to visit Poppy, I’m going to give him a hot dog.” Superman’s eyes got big. He looked at me and said “Do they know?” They do now! I immediately spread my arms out wide and proclaimed that everyone was on notice, that it was Superman and NOT ME who spilled the beans.
Ok. Let’s get honest. I may have told 1 or 2 or 10 people about becoming Mimi. I couldn’t help it! I am so excited!Look!!! I’ve already picked out some A-Dor-Able fabric for the quilt! Mary Claire talked about how she kind of envisions a pond theme with ducks, frogs and lily pads for the baby’s room. Right now, they don’t want to find out the sex of the baby, so the colors need to be gender neutral.I mean Come On! This is so perfect! Ducks! Turtles! Cheese and Crackers! Pigs, puppies and rabbits on roller skates!!! Momma requested a polka dot quilt. I found this lovely one on a Craftsy Pinterest Board , pattern by Holly at Bijou Lovely. I think all of those sweet and playful animals will make an adorable quilt for my first grandbaby. What do you think?
I don’t know. Maybe I had a premonition about becoming a grandma, when I brought that crochet book about making sweet stuffed animals to the mountains. Who knows.
The one thing I am sure of, is that this is going to be an exciting new adventure for all of us. I can only thank God for His many blessings…so far excellent health for momma and baby…Mimi and Poppy’s health to be able to keep up with the punkin, we are only 3 hours away, which means if Mary Claire calls us in the morning to babysit that night, we can be there before noon!
Seriously though. I believe with every cell of my body that each and every one of us are God’s creation. With all the fighting, cancer, drugs, and natural disasters, don’t we all need to see and feel the joy of expectant birth? When I’m having a sad moment or feeling like throwing in the towel, I think about this little ray of sunshine and I have hope.
Thinking about being a grandma, being called Mimi, holding that bundle of joy…this makes me happy.
I really appreciate you being here and reading this blog. I’ve got some great things to share with you. I hope you’ll come back. Remember we’re here just sharing the joy in this ordinary, imperfect world.