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How did Biglittlewoman Know?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

On my blog yesterday, Biglittlewoman asked how far we had to go to visit our new grandchild?

She must be psychic!

As I said, my daughter and I have not always had the best relationship. In fact we seem to get along better when we are not in the same state. LOL. I offered to come and help when the baby was born, but my daughter has told me all through her pregnancy that her husband would take a week off and then she felt she could manage alone.

Well, yesterday she said, "Will you come? I WANT MY MOMMY!" Boy, did my heart melt. She is also having issues with high blood pressure and the doctor wants her to have someone there for a couple of weeks until it stabilizes.

So we are leaving at the end of the week so we can fill in when my SIL goes back to work. They live outside Boston, we live in Arkansas. It's a fun-filled 1,503 mile drive. (yuck)

Normally we would fly, but we've decided to drive so we can swing through Michigan and see my dad while he's still doing OK, and drop off the personal stuff we packed up from the Florida house.

We JUST got back 4 days ago from two weeks away from home, and we'll leave next week for at LEAST another two weeks. This plays havoc with my fitness -- yes, I can still get out and walk but Oh, I miss my fitness center! We did a PowerPump class on Thursday and I'm STILL sore.

But family calls, and I'm grateful that I am able to be of service and support.

Now I've got to get my winter coat dry cleaned and buy a pair of winter boots!

Here's a picture of the little darling with her eyes open, all of 12 hours old!

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  • v MAZACK
    Have a great time.
    1297 days ago
  • v MYTHMYTH
    What a Cutie!!! Your daughter will be so glad to have you there to help with the house so that she can concentrate on learning to be a MOM!!! Just being there is going to make things so much less stressful for her! Safe travels!
    Jane
    1302 days ago
  • v HIPPICHICK1
    Helping people is what life is all about. You are emoticon
    1304 days ago
  • v NANCY-
    What a cutie! Who needs fitness when you have such a beautiful granddaughter to fawn over. You will be so busy getting lost in looking at her that time ends.

    Babies sure do have a way of making changes. It is wonderful that you can go help out your daughter and her family. Enjoy helping out.
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    Here's to new beginnings.
    1304 days ago
  • v FREELADY
    Beautiful, beautiful baby!

    So nice you get to take care of YOUR baby. You are going to do fine with the healthy choices. You will think ahead, you will make the best of your options.
    1305 days ago
  • v MEADSBAY
    Sweet Rebeccah- I could kiss her sweet dace!

    I was so jealous when my DIL allowed her mother in their house every day to help out after her babies were born.
    Although we have a wonderful relationship- she wanted her mommy, too, I guess.
    I had to give it up- it was out of my control.

    Mother in law is a delicate role to play.

    Have fun in Boston!

    The gym will still be there when you get back.

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    1305 days ago
  • v NEW_PARADIGM
    Oh I HATE when my subscriptions get mysteriously interrupted. WHAT a whirwind of a week you've have (OK, 2,3,more?). So, so happy for you and the grandbaby and the new lease on your mother-daughter relationship. My not always strongest relationship with my mom shifted significantly when I had kids, too. From both of us!
    So excited and happy for you, as someone earlier said rely on TC and ENJOY this precious irreplaceable time -- the rest will fall out appropriately in it's own priority time.
    1305 days ago
  • v BOOKAPHILE
    Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy your new, adorable granddaughter and the healing relationship with your daughter! You will be such a help to both, and I think you'll be surprised at how many steps you get in as well as new back muscles from holding that precious bundle of joy! (They weigh so little, but it's strength training of a sort.) I'm happy for you!
    1305 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    So lovely to be needed! And let's face it: we don't know what it means to be a mother until . . . we are one.

    Such bright eyes, such a sweet face!!
    1305 days ago
  • v TURTLETALK
    I do a similar drive (Kansas to Baltimore) three or four times per year. My fitness travel rules are 1. While driving or riding I can drink water, unsweetend tea, or coffee, 2. Any food consumed while in the car must be carrots or oranges. 3. When we get out of the car move, move, move. I rarely come back with any weight loss but I can usually avoid a gain. Good luck and enjoy that baby!
    1305 days ago
  • v BIGLITTLEWOMAN
    We simply have this inner drive that is so demanding of us at times, those heart strings are powerful. Somehow there is no distance when a child calls for Mommy, it just melts your heart.

    Perhaps this all works for the best as it does allow for an unplanned visit with Dad too.

    Be as mindful as you can and plan your recovery when you get home. You'll get do overs on the eating/weight/working out but you don't get these relationship do overs. Lean on TC when you feel the need and you can always "let it all out" in a Spark blog.

    I can only imagine what a map of the U.S. would look like with your travels recorded on it. Zip, zip, zip.
    1305 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2013 9:45:58 AM
  • v HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    And that's why you're TRAVELGRRL, lol! Have a wonderful time = )
    1305 days ago
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