Saturday, September 11, 2010
DGD2 (Dear Granddaughter #2) is scheduled to be born on Thursday, Sept 16th. DGD1 will be at my house at 7:50am that morning. All this is contingent on my DD not going into labor before then. However, I really hope she does. Life does not have to be scheduled, especially bringing new life into the world.
I'm ready. I know my daughter is ready. And I think Natalie (DGD1) is about as ready as any 3 year old can be. She does insist that when I rock the baby I'll be able to rock her, too, at the same time. Hope I can. She has a 4 month old girl cousin with a 3 year old sister who lives half a block from her house. So she has seen a tiny baby quite a bit and seen how the older child interacts with her, too. I don't think Natalie really understands, though, that she'll have to share attention of parents and grandparents. I think it will be good for her in the long run, but it may be difficult for a while. We'll see.
I have a "little" sister who is 3 years and 4 months younger than I. So I may at some level understand more than many people what Natalie will be going through. We have a great present for the baby to "give" Natalie when the baby comes home from the hospital. It is a singing Ariel doll and I know Natalie will love it. Natalie chose a little pink stuffed lamb to give to the baby.
Truly, in my experience, there is no greater joy in this life than playing with a granddaughter. Unless, maybe it will be playing with two granddaughters!