Monday, July 20, 2009

Bittersweet - Happiness & Sadness

Monday evening, the 20th: Leah and I will be getting ready tomorrow to head back home to Minnesota, leaving Wednesday morning early, driving to New Orleans for an afternoon flight north bound. Our trip has been one of laughter and tears. Tears of Joy as we have watched Baby Renee grow right before our eyes. She is so alert (when she is awake) and smiles and responds to both Jessica and Floyd. She has a really cute little smile, and the corner of her mouth turns up just so. Of course it could just be gas, but it is funny how she turns her head and opens her eyes when Jess and Floyd talk, coaxing her to wake up and look at them. She does like to sleep. But that's ok - that's what baby's do best! We've all teared up at news of her improvements. Today when we got to the hospital the air hose was gone from her nose, and Jessica got to feed her. Renee has some learning to do, but I'm sure it won't take long. It was so special to see my daughter hold her baby and both she and baby bonding with each other during a feeding. Today after we left, they moved her from level 3 to the level 2 area. That is so exciting!

My heart aches that I won't be able to be able to hold her and cuddle her in these next couple of months - darn all those miles apart that we live! Steve, I and Stephani do plan on driving down in late Sept., and then I'll be able to hold her and rock her some. Can't wait!!! I'll have to share her with her Grandpa Steve and Auntie Steph, but that's okey. By the end of September she will have been home for awhile, and I'm sure Jessica will have a good routine established. Wonder what will happen when the Grandmas come and try to spoil her!

The baby shower on Saturday was fun. Baby Renee got a lot of nice clothes, a jogging stroller, and a clothes hamper. She will be the best dressed little girl in New Iberia! We laughed and had a good time visiting with Jessica's friends, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law. A few of the husbands came with (with their own presents of baby diapers) and Floyd and the guys had a few hot games of dominos out under the car port. They later grilled burgers, boudin, and beef and chicken shishkabobs.

Our trip has been wonderful - getting to meet our new grand daughter! Even the hot weather hasn't been so bad! (can't believe I just printed that!)

Sad that I'm now planning the trip home, but there will be another one soon enough!


g said...

Give J and F a hug for us as you leave LA. (Between all the tears that will fall that day...) Blow bR a kiss from us up here in MN...we will be anxious to meet her in Dec. Love to you and safely home, Jo and Leah....g and v

Feelin' the wind! said...

Mom, we love you so much and the distance is hard for us too! You have done so much for us in these past months, and Renee knows from my heart to hers who her Grandma Jo is! She will be so ready to be in your arms when you come in Sept. Grandpa Steve will hopefully get to see a piggy face or a start of one!!!!! Thank you for everything and I love you so much!!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh she has her hat off! What a great photo ! She got moved..yes! One step at a time..she will be growing up a storm now..wait and see! I am so happy you have had a good visit, travel safe!See you soon! :)