It’s been 78 days since Jameson was born and I still don’t have the words to describe how much our lives have changed since he arrived. In 78 days, this little being has managed to capture all our hearts, hopes, dreams and imagination. And when I say “all” I mean EVERYONE in the family… Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins… the whole squad. That’s it! We’ve become Jameson’s “Squad.” I think I’ll have that printed on some t-shirts. The whole world seems better now that he is here. The sun is a little warmer, the colors a little brighter and even the rain seems to hold a bit more moisture. Text messages with daily pictures bring wide grins to our faces and we’ve become those people who show pictures of him to everyone we know (and occasionally to random strangers too.)
This grand parenting gig is the BEST and I find myself with so much to express, but I don’t know where to begin. I’ve whined about missing my daily writing and vowed to return to it. Just like anything else it seems that beginning is the most difficult part. Author Louis L'Amour wrote, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” So here I go.
While I still have a lot to learn (and I’m looking forward to all if it) here are a few things I’ve come to realize already.
1. Most transitions are gradual in life but becoming comfortable in the role of a grandparent seems to happen overnight. I hardly recognize myself sometimes. It is as though I’ve finally become the person God intended. (Or at least I’m finally headed in the right direction.)
2. There is something healing about the scent of a newborn baby. I couldn’t get enough of him when he first arrived. I would make up excuses to go to town just so I could swing by and get my smell fix. It is almost magical. Breathing in Jameson’s scent transformed me instantly. It brought peace, happiness, wellbeing and a lot of other physiological changes that I can’t even begin to define or describe.
3. One of the best parts about becoming a grandparent is witnessing your children transform into their new roles and become the loving, responsible and nurturing people you always hoped they’d become. This is not to suggest they weren’t all those things already. A new baby just provides the perfect opportunity to tap into those gifts and develop the character traits.
4. I’ve got a lot to do. Everything is better with Jameson and there are things I want to do to be better too. I’ve got big plans for the two of us and while it’s going to take some work, I am so looking forward to the journey.
We have some big plans for 2017 and I’ll be documenting our life here. Stay tuned!