My youngest son and his wife had their first child, a daughter yesterday morning. As a distraction from the news, I cannot imagine a more hopeful and joyous event.

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My son is 36 and his wife 35. Both of them had abandoned hopes of marriage and parenthood when mutual friends introduced them. Their first anniversary was August 9th. At their wedding they asked their parents, all of whom are divorced to speak and give them advice. I admit to at first going for the laugh line of who asks five divorced people (his step mom who I dearly love also spoke) to give marital advice. Then, thanks to Crissie I spoke to love being a verb, an action word as opposed to a noun.

Having watched my son and daughter-in-law, they have the love is a verb stuff down pat. My newest granddaughter is one lucky girl. She is also lucky to have been conceived as my son lost a testicle to a cancer scare and her mother has rheumatoid arthritis. For most women, pregnancy puts RA into remission. Pregnant women need to stop taking certain of their medications to protect the baby. My daughter-in-law was one of those for whom the remission did not occur.

Their wishes for their very healthy baby include getting some sort of genetic lottery win on the bad back, do you have a heating pad, genetic lottery.

My daughter-in-law was induced two weeks early due to pre-eclampsia issues. Texts and phone calls from my son were priceless. “Mom, I am bored. How long can you attentively watch someone sleep? Work called and told me to log off and just be with my wife. I told them she was sleeping and I needed something to do but if she needed me I would log off mid-sentence. Do you understand this? Am I okay?”

His reflections about the whole process were interesting. “It was so different from what I expected. It was calm and even orderly. The medical staff was great at communicating stuff and there weren’t any surprises. I know births happen hourly but it is still a miracle. It was our miracle and I am awed and speechless.”

Welcome to the world, Madelyn Sophia.


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