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A special day

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Yesterday, I went the 280 miles to Kyoto to meet our two-week-old grandson for the first time. I went with my daughter. DH wants to go when everyone’s more rested and used to things.

DD and I originally planned to go by plane because a perk of her job is that we can go free on standby. It’s a popular route and we might have had to fly hours apart, so we went by “bullet train” instead, which is two hours and fifteen minutes.

We went to our son and DIL’s apartment. I didn’t remember how tiny newborns are. Even when I wasn’t holding him, I couldn’t take my eyes off him. An emotional time, but I didn’t want to overburden my DIL, so we stayed just an hour.

DS took us out to lunch and after that, DD and I went to visit a huge castle which was the palace of the “Shoguns” until 1868. It was impressive and the gardens were beautiful, but it was pouring with rain and a very long walk to the exit. It seemed never ending, like a maze.

There was a hotel across the road from the palace where we had a coffee. DS sent the pictures he’d taken of us to my iPad and we looked at them in the hotel.


We found out that there was a shuttle bus back to Kyoto Station - very lucky. I got back home about 9:30. DH wanted to know everything about the visit in detail. I know he’s very happy to be a grandfather too. I hope he’ll meet his grandson soon.

Now I really feel I have a grandchild and I’m a grandmother.
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    I saw a new blog pop in earlier - and then vanish - and I realized I hadn't even left a few words on this one.
    I would choose the train over flying any day. Sounds like public transportation in Japan is working well.
    Happy you got to meet your grandson. Hope your DH gets to visit soon.
    Your DD is beautiful!
    84 days ago
    Congratulations - that's wonderful news!
    90 days ago
    How very very wonderful!! When you meet in person it feels "REAL"!!

    I know you will love being a grandmother to the new little grandson!
    91 days ago

    Your joy is spilling over! Congratulations!! So nice to hear that you and your DD made the trip to personally meet the new arrival to the family.
    91 days ago
    Oh what a wonderful day. I remember that amazing moment when we held our first grand. It's a gasping joyfilled time.

    You were so thoughtful too, to visit briefly and then let them rest. I have a feeling your daughter will be flyling to Kyoto a lot. Aren't you glad retirement is on the horizon?

    Hope your DH gets to hold that baby soon.
    91 days ago
    Congratulations, Margaret! You sound so excited, so proud!
    91 days ago
    Oh, Margaret! I've been waiting to hear about your first meeting with your little grandson! It's wonderful that you got to meet him, hold him, and stare at him for an hour! I'm sure you wanted to stare longer, but you were very considerate to limit yourself this first time in consideration of your DIL. It must have been sort of hard to tear yourself away, but I'm sure you'll have lots of chances to hold/talk to/pamper/chase him around in the future. I'm just so happy for you!

    And I agree with others--your daughter is beautiful! She looks like you!
    91 days ago
    I think a grandchild gives the grandparents a new reason for living... enjoy every minute with your grandson, and I hope your DH gets to see the baby soon.

    Your daughter is beautiful.
    92 days ago
    Congratulations!!! How exciting to be a brand new grandmother!!
    I’m so hay that you get to meet the baby!
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    92 days ago
    Oh, I'm so happy for you and for your family!
    Like you, I'm too always surprised how tiny a newborn baby can be : )
    92 days ago
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    What a day that you will never special! So nice that you and DD could journey together to meet the newest member of your family! emoticon emoticon
    92 days ago
    Whew...that's a long day. It's a good thing you've been focusing on self care in recent months so you had the stamina to enjoy the joy of the day without feeling completely exhausted. And it was very thoughtful of you to keep the initial "meet & greet" brief so mother and baby weren't overwhelmed. A long train ride like that can be peaceful in a way, and gives you the opportunity to catch up with random conversations, to read, to listen to music, to dream. Your daughter is beautiful (something you already know).
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    emoticon Congratulation and welcome to this wonderful club!!!
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