Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Poppi and Nana

 Adam has been so excited about being a granddaddy -- or "Poppi," as he wants to be called. Some of our kids already call him that, and he likes it. He's a silly, teasing Poppi. Can you tell? If Anna weren't in the hospital bed across the room, I think she's smack him for all the annoying things he says in his delight at his new role!
 It was a very, very long weekend in the hospital, and labor progressed so slowly. We're thankful the hospital and staff worked with Anna and brought about the natural delivery she wanted ... even though at the end, in the pain and exhaustion, she wasn't sure she wanted it anymore. The tricky part about labor pain is that just about the time you realize you do want serious pain meds, it's too late to get them. Ah well. Anna was phenomenal and pushed through it all.
 A natural birth without epidural or C-section is the healthiest option for mama and baby, of course -- although sometimes those options are needed, even life-saving. Anna recovered so well that the next morning the pediatrician who visited her room didn't recognize her as the 'new mom.' 

Gramm was amazing, such an attentive and caring husband and daddy. He's just the best. For those of you who know my side of the family, you'll be happy to hear that Gramm has a calm, even disposition, thoughtful of others and not bossy. I told him we're so glad to have his genes mixed into the pool. Anna's hoping the baby takes after him!
 And in his appearance, I'd say that's true. When I look in this sweet little face (which is often hiding from this bright world at first) I see Gramm's family features. He is absolutely darling, calm and not fussy, is nursing like a pro, and doesn't like having his feet messed with. 
 All is well. Adam and I are enjoying our time in Mississippi here in the Delta, which is a rich, unique culture. He stopped to buy gas yesterday and came strutting out of the station afterward, pleased with himself and holding a little bag. He'd found fresh fried chicken gizzards, a favorite food that he can't find where we live. 

This sweet little bloom I found in the hospital garden, alone on the bush. It made me think of this fresh new baby, tiny, perfect, beautiful.
 I've joined two facebook groups for watercolor beginners. (Some of those folks are not beginners!) I painted this before baby's birth.
 And, so that you can all share in the giggles, here's a silliness I saw on facebook:
When I get home, I may work up my own version of a Jane Austen board game. This one seems rather heavy toward Pride and Prejudice. I'd prefer one that reflects a broader range of her books and is more complicated. But isn't this a cute idea? "Mr. Toffeebottom" and "take to your bed!"

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on this sweet addition to your family. I see Gramm in this little one also. Glad Anna is doing well and was able to give birth naturally.

    God's continued blessings on all of you ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you, FL! We have so much to be thankful for.

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  2. Many blessings and congratulations to your sweet family. I can feel your excitement over the air. Your post is light on stats - I gather you have a grandson maybe? Please fill us in with your next post. So happy for Anna's safe delivery and Nana's sigh of relief.

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    1. Yes - sorry! He is a boy. I may not give too many personal details on him on a public blog, trying to be sensitive to my daughter/son-in-law's family privacy, etc. But he was a good size and length, and is regaining his birth weight and doing well!

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  3. Couldn't be better news! All is well! :) I like the painting and the game. Chicken gizzards! YUM! My mom made a lot of fried gizzards and livers when I was young. They were probably cheap, and boy were they good! :)

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    1. Adam had another batch last night :) He's getting his fill before we leave Mississippi.

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  4. Congratulations Poppi and Nana!!! So excited for all of you. So thankful Anna is doing well and so is little sir.

    I must be one of few that have never read a Jane Austen. I know, I know. My daughter Sheila despairs of me too.

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    1. Haha - each to her own reading. We all have favorites. It takes patience to read that much lengthy description from c.1800!

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  5. Oh how adorable! He is precious, and I can see Gramm in his little face already.Congratulations! So happy for you all.. You have a beautiful faamily.

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    1. Thank you so much, HP! We are thankful and content.

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  6. Congratulations! What a blessing a new baby is. Thankful Mom and baby are doing well. What a special time for your whole family.

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  7. Congratulations! Anna is amazing to do that naturally!!! God must have been with her- you can tell that from the next day reaction!

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