Thursday, April 19, 2012
Close to Nowhere
“0-16” in a weekend
I have a new great-great-niece! Evangeline Ailey was born Friday. She’s the first granddaughter for my niece Sister (Dawn) and the excitement has been palpable!
My great-nephew Blake and Sarah have been expecting Evy for the required nine months. It’s flown by for me. Not for Sister or Sarah though. Sister’s suffered almost as much as Sarah.
Evy weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. She has dark hair and great big eyes and is quite stunning! She and older sister Shaelin are going to cause Daddy Blake to have ulcers when they hit their teens.
Spring is a good time for baby girls to arrive. Oldest granddaughter Meredith arrived April 23, 16 years ago. Pop and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary the 24th of April that year. When Meredith hits 16 on the 23rd of this year, Pop and I will be celebrating our 42nd anniversary the day after.
It doesn’t seem like 16 years since our first granddaughter was born. Uncle Kris was terrified of her. We had to force him to hold her. Now, he hides from her and her little sister!
Twenty-one days after Mere got here, Emily arrived. Sister and Dana somehow timed it so the two cousins would be as close in age as possible.
They were so much fun when they were little. We (I) made them matching outfits all the time and especially at Christmas -- we’d go all out with the glitz and glam.
Remy arrived a couple years after Mere and Em -- and a couple days after Em’s birthday in May.
We had three baby dolls for a while and they were so much fun.
Sarah, Blake and Sister need to enjoy Evy and Shaelin while they can. In roughly two years the girls will be 16 going on 45 and life as the grown-ups know it will be over.
I’m no longer allowed to comment on many things with Mere and Remy in this column. I’m fairly sure I’m going to get in trouble with this brief mention. But...
When Mere and Remy came home from the hospital it was just about the most wonderful thing ever. And I was (am) so lucky. Dana still lives across the driveway with the girls and I see them nearly every day. Many grandparents don’t get that chance.
I’m so glad that Sister was able to be in Nashville the weekend that Evy was born and could spend a few days with Evy and Shaelin (and of course their parents) before coming home to Mississippi.
Being a grandmother is wonderful. And Sister’s going to be as good at it as I am!
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