A week ago today I was keeping in close contact with Andrea by phone. It was surely sounding like she was going into labor to deliver our first grandchild. We found a flight that left Denver at 12:45 pm and would put me in Norfolk at 9:00pm. The goal was to be in the delivery room when this child came into the world and surely with this being a first delivery, Andrea’s labor would take some hours. I should make it! funny how things change when you are in the air. By the time I landed and was met at the airport, Ben phoned to say they were taking Andrea in for an emergency c-section. I just missed Andrea at the hospital and Ben was suiting up to be in the operating room. In a few more minutes our granddaughter would make her grand entrance! All of that took place a week ago! I have now had many hours holding that little girl, the next generation in our family. Wally arrived today to take over the wonder of holding and staring and being amazed by new life. (Oh, I am not done with that job, just sharing!) A week ago I was living in expectation and now I am living in a constant state of wonder and thankfulness. God has created this little girl and already has her life, each day of them, planned out!
Andrea, before all the fireworks that sent her into surgery.
Andrea and Ben, experiencing the wonder of their new daughter!
Notice the clock behind my head. They were bringing Andrea into the recovery room and Elaine from the nursery at the same time. The nurse needed to do some things with Andrea and said “give the baby to grandma” Ya gotta love that nurse!! Then Andrea spent some time with Elaine before Dad took her for a bath.
The Hamilton Family…
Ben, Elaine Cristin and Andrea
Day two as parents included lots of visits by pediatrician, nurses, the lactation nurse, eventually the doc But mostly it included getting to know each other and more amazing gazing!
Grandma doing some amazing gazing in the hospital. Elaine is swaddled in the blanket I made. It’s neutral yellow for a boy or a girl. But Grandpa is bringing a pink one when he comes!