Friday, May 19, 2017

Lucy Upstaged this Friday

Lucy, you don't mind if we don't give you center stage this Friday.  Do you?
"I don't like it but I guess not.  But only this once.  And only if my picture goes first."

I really don't see what's the big deal here.

Monday's post contained a hint of a secret.  A photograph of violets.  Well here is another photograph of a violet; and this one is our first grandchild, born last Friday afternoon.

Right out of the delivery room into her new mother's arms.
(All photographs taken by Violet's mom and dad.)

Our Violet is a tiny little thing, but strong and healthy.  She and her new parents stayed in the hospital until Monday partly because it was the weekend and some legal stuff needed to happen.  It was a good thing, though. Her parents had more time to learn hands-on how to provide all the care she needs. The classes they had taken helped prepare them, but nothing is quite like holding your own infant.

The neonatal nurses held her a lot.

At five and a half pounds she looks even smaller in the car seat getting ready for the ride home.
Had she been even a few ounces smaller, a new car seat would have been mandatory for the trip home.

Here she is swaddled and comfy and finally home.

Our little Violet saw her own pediatrician on Wednesday who pronounced her perfect.  We are so blessed to have this little girl in our family.

At the pediatrician's office
Seriously bonding with her daddy

Violet's dad's lovey was a little Winnie-the-Pooh which he carried around with a pink blanket.  Both of them had been his sister's but she never cared much about them.  He abandoned the loveys when he was about three. When he was about five our son identified with another A.A. Milne character.  Tigger.  Yes, "bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN."  It fit the boy perfectly.  So it was only fitting that Violet's paternal grandparents (that's ME and my husband---we are grandparents, people) should send her a Tigger.

Our son sent us a photograph of  Tigger and Violet.
He immediately wrote that yes, he took the toy out of the crib as soon as the picture was made.

Special thank yous go to all the social workers at the adoption agency, the staff at the hospital where Violet was born and all the friends who helped get things ready when things happened at a warp speed no one imagined.

And most of all our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the courageous and wonderful birth mother who selected our children to be the forever parents to the child she felt she could not keep.  Our hearts are filled to the brim with love and gratitude to her and the most wonderful gift she gave us all.

Today's quote is from Carl Sandburg:

"A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."



Vicki Lane said...

How wonderful! I'll enjoy watching your Violet bloom!

Barbara Rogers said...

Oh goodie goodie. A beautiful little one, who will give you so many laughs in the years to come. Love is alive and well these days!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations in every way! A warm "welcome to the world" to beautiful Violet. She found her way into the most loving arms and hearts.

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh my gosh, she is beautiful!!! You must be over the moon with joy. I can tell you are all ready in spoil gear. Go for it.
Relax Lucy. You just got someone new to love.

The Bug said...

Aw - that's just fabulous. She is so cute!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Oh, Violet is really beautiful and so precious! Congratulations to the new parents and to your entire family! I've no doubt that Violet will continue to bring great joy and happiness to your family! And like you, I also send prayers of thanks to the brave and unselfish birth Mother who made that "deliberate choice" to give life, and then to allow Violet to have a better life than she felt she could give.

KB said...

My eyes are filled with tears of happiness for your family and for little Violet. I'm so happy for all of you and so thankful to the birth mother who gave her birth daughter the greatest gift that she could. I am SO happy for all of you.

Tara said...

Congratulations to all for the birth of Violet! She is adorable. And no worries about weight -- I was 5 lbs when born and I am now a big, strappin' gal. All my love to you and your kids. They are embarking on an amazing journey of love that will overwhelm them! It's the best! And, it's GREAT to be a grand parent!

Nance said...

Oh, how wonderful. For Everyone.

troutbirder said...

Congratulations to the lucky grandparents. We know the feeling five times over now for our diverse United Family. Three "naturals", on from North Dakota, twins from Arizona, two adopted from Ethiopia & Rwanda. All good...:)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Congratulations to the parents, grandparents and to little Violet who definitely will have a loving family around here. And, yes the birth mom is also to be thanked for the gift she has given all of you by her selfless act. Violet is a tiny beauty just like her namesake flower and it's also my favorite color.

joared said...

Congratulations grandparents and new parents!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. We are over the moon with love and thanks.

Lowcarb team member said...

Sorry I am so late to this post ... but so wonderful to read.
Congratulations and my good wishes to all.

All the best Jan

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my goodness. This post made me tear up. I'm overjoyed for your family; what a delightful addition to your lovely group. What a blessing!!! Violet....sweet Violet, I LOVE her name so much. Congratulations!