Friday, October 23, 2009
My grandson will be born today. Julie and Travis should be at the hospital by now. Her doctor told her at Wednesday's appointment that she won't be eating breakfast today but that she will probably eat lunch.
This week was spent doing the last-minute things that needed to be done to get ready for the new baby. And special time was spent with Natalie knowing that her little world will change.
Last night Jennifer cooked a special dinner for all of us. Before Julie left to go home, we all held hands and prayed for her and Travis, for the labor and delivery, and for this new life. There was quite a bit of sniffling going on; I think we all felt the presence of the Lord.
So now we wait for the phone call. Natie has a new T-shirt to wear that says "Big Sisters are the Coolest." I have a ball of yarn and my needles ready to go. I'll need to do something with my hands when he gets passed to the next person who will want to hold him.
His name? I still don't know. Yesterday at work the name Max Elmo kept rattling through my head. Last night Julie was teasing us with the name Maximum Hunter. Heaven help us.
What a special time. When I think of the things my family has been through this year, the sadness, the anxieties, the stressful situations, they all seem so trivial now. I remember the fun times and the times when we laughed so hard tears ran down our cheeks. Even those times seem small in light of what we are facing today. I have been so blessed.