GrandDawn’s log: Day 28

Dear Nathalie,

Your dad had been out of town for some work related training and your mom had been caring for you on her own during days 20 through 26, with the exception of the evening of day 25 through the afternoon of day 26.  She opted for an overnight visit at our house.  Saturday morning, your mom slept until NOON!! But only because every time she heard you fuss, she would look over and see  your grandfather or me already on the task at hand.

The only thing that seems to be new was the color of your poo.  Apparently, your mother had never seen it that shade of green, or any shade of green for that matter.

You are a fussy, flailing baby.  Still.  You like the feel of water running on your head. You seemed to enjoy big swaying motions and spitting up on me.

You also seem to like your Aunt Breanna.  She really seems to like you as well. I saw the evidence on her phone… photos of nothing but you for DAYS. She is determined to stock your library. She bought you a book and special stationary for herself to write you little notes. She talks to you like you can follow everything she is saying and makes you do funny dances like the Whip/Nae Nae as well as the Macarena, which is the original whip/nae nae combo if you watch the motions in the beginning of the so-called choreography…whoa, rabbit trail.

You do not seem to have changed too much but the internet tells me that you are approaching your first “Mental Leap/Wonder Week”   which is week 5…however, it is based on your due date and not your birth date; perhaps next week or the week after. I might have to check out the book.  Again, this is something that I had never heard of when I gave birth.

Honestly, I don’t have a lot to report… other than the color change of your poo and that you – though fussy and flaily (is that a word?)  – have still captured our hearts.

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Rest up little one, give yourself and your parents a break to prepare for your big leap!

Love,

GrandDawn

GrandDawn’s log; Day 20:

Dear Nathalie,

I have seen you every day for the past three days!  After not having seen you from day 9 through 15 you are now looking like your dad.  Your tiny countenance is going to be changing so often we will have to start calling you Mystique. (I hope that by the time you can read this that you have learned who the X-Men). We have also learned that you enjoy the feel of terry cloth.

You stayed overnight on Friday, a.k.a. Day 18, and reminded us what it is like to have a newborn. Hoooo guurrrlll. There came a moment, around stupid o’clock in the morning, when you would NOT be consoled.  We just had to put you down and let you go for a bit.  Oddly enough, this was the moment that Cally (one of The Kitties Three) decided to put her little front paws on the edge of the pack and play and check on you…it was cute.  We knew you were a little “bound up” and there wasn’t anything we could do to help.  It was awful.  Finally somewhere between 2:30am and 5am (the hours we were allowed some sleep) you had a diaper explosion.  GrandDave cleaned you up while I worked on saving your clothing from staining… I won the battle!  Score one for me against the battle of the poo!

Saturday, Day 19, I can’t really recall the time anymore, we eventually all woke up. Although, I don’t know that I would call the remainder of that time “sleep.”  Ash (the eldest of The Kitties Three) is old and senile and cries… a lot.  On a normal night, Ash crying does not disturb my slumber, but that night… that night her crying was so similar to yours that I must have checked on you every 15 minutes.  Darn cat. Poor GrandDave had to deal with that PLUS my snoring.  I am not sure he even slept.  In my defense, I have to sleep with this new, flippin’, dental device and it often forces my jaw open…he was actually surprised that YOU slept being in the same room with MY noise.  We finally got around to our day and I gave you a bath; you were not so keen on the body cleansing part but you loved being wrapped in a towel while I sponge washed your hair…you reminded me of your mom.  She loved having me wash her hair in the sink, while she laid on the counter, well into her elementary school years…If she’d fit she would probably still want it done.  Once you were fed and clean and dressed and performed live for Facebook, you were very content to lay on the floor listening to music and slowly fell into a contented slumber and stayed that way until your Great Grandparents Lovitt came by…actually, you slept through that, it was when your parents came to get you that you really started waking up again.  Eventually, we sent you home…and took the rest of the day recovering.  If there was ever any doubt, I am so NOT in my twenties.

Sunday, Day 20,  your mom dropped your dad off at the airport around 10 something a.m. and popped in for a quick visit… and she did not bring supplies because it was supposed to be a quick drop and return home.  HAHAHAHAHA. Life with babies is so unpredictable.  Nothing happened but she had to scurry on home with you fussing because…well, you have bodily functions.  Later this day, I swooped you and your mom off to your cousin Colton’s (2nd cousin actually…wait…if Colton’s mom is your mom’s cousin and Colton is your mom’s 2nd cousin, that makes you???? Whatever, some kind of cousin) birthday party. He is a year old now.  Time flies. Colton tried to poke you.  His big sister Kenzie got to hold you…as did pretty much every other woman there… your cuteness is still powerful.

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Tonight is your mom’s first night alone with you; your dad returns on Saturday… She knows we are here if she needs help.

Be good for mommy.

Love, GrandDawn

 

 

GrandDawn’s log; Day 16:

Dear Nathalie,

Day 16 was yesterday but I was too tired to write a blog when my day ended.  Day 16 was your second Doctor appointment and you are only 1 ounce away from your birth weight.  YAY!  Your mom actually had the appointment scheduled for the day before, but because she and your dad are living in a new (to them) area, she plugged in the wrong branch of the clinic into her GPS and when she realized it…she had to reschedule.  Fun times.  Apparently, you are suffering a bit from being gassy and constipated (I won’t mention any names, but one of my children had the same problem… I feel for your mother).

As a treat, your mom brought you to the church again (Baby Wednesday this time) and you were passed around like a … wait, this is a mixed audience, you were passed around to a bunch of people who wanted to snuggle you.  I was concerned that two of my “ladies” here (no names will be mentioned) were about to throw down over being allowed to hold you.  I can’t blame them, they had to wait a WHOLE SIXTEEN DAYS!!  Your cuteness is powerful.  You might want to reign that in a bit.  Cuteness Aggression is a real thing.

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Things to note: your eyes are a little brighter… it is genetically impossible for you to have brown eyes but we are still waiting to see what the final color will be.  Your hair is still soft as ever, and though it is a brownish color now, it is a crap shoot as to the final color considering that I had jet black hair as an infant and your mother had red hair as an infant. It really doesn’t matter; if you are anything like your mother you will play with the entire color spectrum and make it whatever color fits your fancy.

Your parents have asked us to keep you overnight this coming Friday!  Can’t wait!!!  It will be interesting to see if they can both actually suffer through that many hours without you.  We shall see.

Love, GrandDawn

GrandDawn’s log; Day 9:

Dear Nathalie,

Yesterday was day 9.  You’re still cute.  The decision has been made to keep you.

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When I came to collect you and your mother, I was allowed to feed you again while your mom got ready for the day. You kept 99% of what I fed you down!  I burped you like a CHAMPION!  Later on, your mother made me feel like a baby genius when she asked how I did it…it is the EXACT same way I burped her as a baby.

I even got to dress you this day!  When I was done, you looked at me as if you had evil plans forming in your head:

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Yesterday was your first official visit to the home of “The Grands” (this is how I envision you referring to your grandfather and me one day) outside of the womb.  It was a mellow sort of visit. You slept through most of it. The Kitties Three immediately came to check you out in your throne, (which is how we shall refer to any object in which you are seated) without committing to any sort of interest; never touching you, just sniffing.  Once fully sniffed, the trio spent the rest of the time circling around you and the room like furry, footed…sharks.  It was awesome.  It was as if they KNEW that there was something interesting and special present and yet they showed an appropriate level of fear. You are now a deity.

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Enjoy your elevated status.

Love, GrandDawn

 

GrandDawn’s log; Day 8:

Dear Nathalie,

Today is the day you were SUPPOSED to enter the world… so much for that.  I did however, make my first grandparent goal: I finished crocheting your blanket by your due date.  YAY me!!

Apparently, last night your mom and dad bid farewell to your umbilical cord… word on the street was that it was hanging by a thread and your dad did his fatherly duty and removed the dreadful beast from your adorable little belly.  I wonder if they kept it… no judgment, I hear there are people who do that.  I might have an issue if there was evidence of your first poo though… I really don’t want to know.

Some people might wonder why I am doing this log; I’m really not that funny or interesting.  The truth is that when I think back on the lives of my daughters, my biggest regret is not having recorded more moments…even the mundane things.  For instance, today was the first time I fed you…and the first time you threw it all back up on me.  In my defense, these new fangled Dr. Brown’s bottles were not around when I had babies and I trusted in its ability to prevent gas and whatnot a bit too much and ignored my natural instinct to burp you more often and well… when I DID burp you, it was a bit MORE than burp.  Your mom, she just watched and let me do it…knowing you were gonna throw up on me.  She figured I needed to learn the hard way I guess.  For the record, I have already changed your diaper, I did that on day 2 but neglected to record it… see, the mundane.

Today was also your first doctor visit with Dr. Sarah Bajuyo, she said you were perfect (of course) and that your mom was doing everything right.  I think moms around the world need to hear that more often. This doctor visit also means that this was the first time that I drove you anywhere…another new fangled thing is THE CAR SEATS THESE DAYS… geez, I get that they are safer but talk about making a woman feel anxious about car seat placement and securement (is that a word?) back in my day, there was a carrier with notches and the seatbelt went through them… insert carrier into car, snap the buckle tightly and BOOM done!  Now there are bases and anchors and little pillows to support each side of your head. Gone are the days when you see a newborn in a carrier with its head cocked to the side like a confused puppy.  Oh, and car seats have EXPIRATION DATES now… I wonder if they start smelling bad after the expiration date to signify their time of use has passed and must be replaced.  I wonder if they are RECYCLABLE!!! I imagine that when you have children there will be a sphere you place inside the car that is made of some unbreakable material and will be held magically in place with specially charged magnets so that the sphere never even touches the car interior… your children will float inside the vehicle and if there is an impact of any sort, the sphere will fill with a special (breathable) foam for extra protection – oh and it would likely have a parachute deploy in the event that the sphere is ejected from the car.  There will also be a black box and a homing beacon. (Perhaps I should copyright or patent this idea).

Finally, today was the first day you participated in what is known by some as “Baby Tuesday” at Granger Community Church.  I snapped a few photos with you and some of my friends… and texted them to those who were not there to make them sad and jealous.

Hopefully you will look back on this day… and remember NOTHING because that would be freaking weird.

Tomorrow we will have another adventure… You might actually meet Ripper and Cally and Ash.  Don’t worry, mommy and I will protect you… I envision all of the cats fleeing from sight the moment they realize that you totally trump them in the laws of family hierarchy. I also envision DAYS of kitty sulking to follow, but that is okay because you are totally worth it.

Love, GrandDawn

GrandDawn’s log, day 1:

Dear Nathalie,

It has been at this moment 32 minutes, and 4 hours since you entered this world.  All six pounds ten ounces and nineteen and a half inches of you!  I might be a hot mess.  Seeing your mom in that much pain and not being able to do A THING ABOUT IT is freaking HORRIBLE!  Don’t EVER do that again!

Your mom’s water broke at 7:50pm last night and she called your dad and about 10 minutes later sent me a text saying she thought her water broke…I did not get the text until AFTER she called me the next second.  The moment the phone rang, Grandpa Dave and I just KNEW she was calling to tell us she was in labor, but she didn’t… she just said that she thought her water broke and wanted me to contact her doctor to see if that was really what was happening… a cute one, your mother is.  I of course just said…in different words… nope, get to the hospital.  She was at work… now your mom has official bragging rights to say that she worked up until the moment she went into labor.  Anyway, to continue the story:  your grandfather and I rushed to her work, just a few blocks away, and your mom had your father meet us at the hospital.

So, there we were, your Mom,  your Dad, your Grandpa Dave, me (GrandDawn or Yoda – whichever you prefer), and your Aunt Pixie (aka… Breanna, she calls you Woodsprite).

For the record… I wanted to smack the guy that was checking her in at the hospital, he lacks customer service skills.  (End Rant)

Your mom was quite the trooper, she breathed through some major pain… Grandpa Dave had an urge to punch someone for lack of pain management for his daughter… I on the other had was cool as a cucumber – until on my way home this afternoon when I was talking to your great grandmother about seeing your mom in pain…that was when I let out my tears.  UGH!

I also must give props to your dad… he was very calm.  He was exactly what your mom needed, just that one hand to CRUSH when she was having pain.  Otherwise, she did not want ANYONE TOUCHING HER!

So little miss Nathalie Rhenae, welcome to the world.  May you find it a lovely place to be.

Happy Birthday!

Love, Yoda

 

 

 

Soapbox Moment

soapboxI risk hurting some feelings and opening a door for argument, because this is happening here is South Bend and people I know are friends on Facebook with the person doing this. I hold that door open, but will likely not participate.

I sat on this for a day but now feel compelled to share – a warning perhaps.  So, here is where it started:

A friend of mine, a new believer, was invited to an event.  She sent me the invitation and asked what I thought of it.  Here are some tidbits from the invite:

 

FUN….FUN…..FUN CLASS!!!!!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH YOUR DIVINE GUARDIAN ANGEL!
THIS CLASS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
WHO IS YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL?

Everyone has Guardian Angels who are with you in this lifetime watching over you since you were a small child.

Sometimes Archangels will come in when we most need their strength and guidance during particularly trying times in our lives.

Your Angels want to guide and connect with you, after all, they love and watch over you daily.
When you connect with your Angels, Miracles can and do happen.
Do you want to know what your Angels have to say to you?
IN THIS CLASS I WILL TEACH YOU:

*HOW TO CONNECT WITH YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL
*RECEIVE A NAME
*ASK YOUR ANGEL FOR HELP WITH STRUGGLES OR ANSWERS YOU ARE SEEKING
*LEARN HOW TO PLAY WITH ANGEL CARDS FOR ANSWERS ON A DAILY BASIS
*LEARN HOW TO RECOGNIZE SIGNS THAT THEY SEND YOU
*LAST BUT NOT LEAST, BE OPEN TO WATCH MIRACLES BEGIN TO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE

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The invite went on to share the dates, times, location and of course the credentials (which included the word “medium”) of the person putting on this 4 week class and doing this seemingly wonderful thing.  They could truly believe that this is their gift.  I don’t want to get snarky here.  I just don’t know if this person realizes that she is being used as a tool by which the enemy is shifting your attention from God to…Angels.  But I say this (this is my side of the argument):

The enemy is subtle.

Why worship something less?  (another created being… )

Do I believe in angels?  Yes.   And…

Reference:  

“Colossians 2:18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.”

“2 Corinthians 2:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

Just saying… when I need “Help with struggles or answers…”  I am going to pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ.

Now, I will step down, pick up my soapbox, and walk away….

p.s.  My friend said that she declined the invitation