I haven’t had a chance to write for my blog in a few weeks, and for a really good reason: My oldest daughter, Jennifer, gave birth on September 13th to my first grandchild! This adventure began over 8 months ago when my daughter told me she was pregnant. This was joyous news and we waited until that first sonogram when for the first time we saw her, most people would say it was just a dot but for us there she was our baby/grandbaby. It was just past the first trimester when the doctor confirmed that is was a girl and so my daughter Jennifer and her husband Austin began as most parents do trying to decide on a name. Well they settled on Lily Grace and from that point on we called her by her name. I would rub my daughter’s stomach and talk to my grandbaby Lily Grace.
Over the next months many of my friends tried to tell me how different it is becoming a Nana (Grandma), I would smile and nod but I didn’t quite grasp what would be in store for me.
My daughter went into labor a week past her due date, and eventually had to have a C-section. What happened next was quite alarming: The nurses emerged from the delivery room with a bassinet containing Lily Grace and they were rushing her to the NICU. She was having trouble breathing. I got to see her that evening with her husband, and there she was absolutely beautiful all 8lbs 4 oz of her anyet I was so worried because of all the equipment she was hooked up to.
I assured both Austin and my daughter that everything would
be fine. In fact my daughter was still in recovery and hadn’t seen Lily since the delivery room. That night when I left the hospital at 3:00 AM it was with joy but also worried and so storming heaven with prayer seem like the nedext best step.
The next day I was back at the hospital and now they said my daughter Jennifer could be brought up to the NICU to see and hold Lily Grace for the first time. I had to watch through the glass as I watched my daughter Jennifer hold Lily Grace for the first time. Tears of joy streamed down my face as I watched my first born hold her first born for the very first time. The the next day I was permitted to hold Lily Grace in the NICU for the very first time. All my friends were right, being a Nana is something you just can’t quite describe but it is a joy that you just can’t put into words.
Lily Grace is home now doing quite well sleeping about 3 hours in between feedings. But every time I hold her it is a little slice of heaven and yes, I love being a “Nana!”