Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Welcome Gavin Michael!


My dearest Gavin,

Today was one of the most wonderful days of my life. Your birth brought back the flood of memories and tears of when I gave birth to your own father. Such emotion is difficult to explain but rest assured that you've changed many lives forever. And you're just so stinking adorable I can't wait until your Mom and Dad get you home from the hospital and I can properly squeeze the living daylights out of you. I'll stop shy of hurting you of course, but you can expect to be kissed from head to toe on Saturday.

Right now however, I feel it is my duty to warn you about what's ahead of you so you're able to deal with it when it happens. You're not even a day old yet, but I'm a planner and you might as well learn that asap.

You will ultimately fall in love with one of your stuffed animals. You will most likely choose the one your parents wouldn't have thought you'd choose, but you'll know it's the one when you're only able to fall asleep while rubbing the silky little tag underneath its tail. And here's a heads-up for you. When you become attached at the hip with this beloved stuffed animal, please remember that it is your responsibility to remember to bring it back home with you when you visit my house so that I don't have to meet your daddy two hours away at 10:00 at night because you absolutely cannot fall asleep without stroking that little silky tag.

Perhaps whilst suffering through the angst awaiting the return of your beloved stuffed animal, you'll be tempted to use the "F" word. When Mom asks you where you heard THAT WORD, you will not say "Grandma."

Somewhere around the age of four, you're going to have an accident regarding going poo. Please remember that in trying to clean it up yourself, it is not appropriate to wipe your hands up and down the wallpaper in your attempt to get them clean. Just call out for help. Trust me, Mom or Dad will come running.

When you start kindergarten, please keep in mind that just because you missed your bus, you're not allowed to walk three miles home and then not answer the phone when the babysitter,your parents, the neighbors and/or the police are trying to find out where the heck you are. You'll save years of your parents lives just by not making them suffer through this one incident.

When you enter 6th grade, call me. I think it might be best if you just come and live with me for that year. I won't be nearly as hard on you when you accumulate 1800 demerits as your parents will.

You'll most likely have allergies. I'm sorry, but it's a family thing. You'll get used to the allergy shots and you'll end up all the better for it, but just because you don't like your current bicycle, you're not allowed to leave it behind the allergy doctor's office and tell your Mom and Dad that someone stole it.

And when you're all grown up and a Senior in high school, please remember to toss the Jack Daniels bottle and condom wrapper into the neighbor's trash instead of leaving it under your bed for your mother to find. Become a planner like me and you'll be able to get away with almost anything.

That's about it except that you need to always remember that no matter what you do or don't do, your parents will love you forever and unconditionally. It's one of the perks of being someone's child. Enjoy it sweetheart.

love,
Grandma

26 comments:

msmeanie said...

Mags, you are hilarious! Gavin Michael is very lucky to have you as a grandma. He is adorable too!

Julie said...

Congratulations, Maggie!!! He's a beautiful baby and lucky to have such a great gma!

Moogie said...

Oh my God.... Mags. He is adorable. He has your sense of humor.... I can see it in the wee curl of his lips

April in CT said...

He's gorgeous! Great post! LOL I'm sure you had no first hand experience dealing with any of those stories, right?

HoneyB said...

What a perfect little face and OMG this was an awesome post. I LOVED it! Congrats on your new grandbaby!

Laurie said...

Congratulations Grandma! Little Gavin is delicious!! Love the cheeks. Enjoy your new role as Grandma. Grandparents have such an important role in kids lives. :)

Bob said...

Awwwwwwwwwe, from Both!
Congratulations Maggie to all of the family! I'm betting the word Grandma is going to the best part of being The Other Side of Fifty.

Jenn said...

Awww! Congrats Grandma! What a lucky little boy Gavin is to have a witty Grandma who will keep him stuffed with goodies throughout his life. Wishing you all the happiness and joy that a baby brings!

June said...

Congratulations "Gamma". You know he's gonna' have trouble with his R's for a while. He is absolutely the sweetest little guy. What a face! Great post Mags. I laughed till I cried!

Anonymous said...

I laughed, I cried! That was like the Cliff notes version of a good book. Except I remember living part of that book. "Listen to this one........ chair" Hahahahahaha
Congrats Grandma B jr.
Auntie Lolly

Kat said...

What a sweet letter to your Grand! It sure made me smile. Oh, the joys of being a grandparent! (I especially loved the 6th grade post.)

Natalie said...

I couldn't get through the second pargraph as I'm pregnant and thoroughly emotional. I will read it one a day when I do not have to leave the house and let everyone see my puffy, cried-out eyes. Thanks for sharing the sweet picture and sweet words.

Linda said...

Congratulations Grandma!

It's such a joy to be a Grandma!

I'm sure you weren't talking about anything any of your own children may or may not have done!

lol!

Karen said...

Gavin is adorable! Being a Grandma is the best! Congrats to all :)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

So adorable... Little Gavin is very lucky to have you as his grandma! Congratulations!

Sherylyn said...

Congratulations!! He's beautiful. And coincidentally, my new nephew also came into the world yesterday!! We are both blessed with a gorgeous brand-spanky new baby boy to spoil rotten!

sweetjeanette said...

What a precious letter to the grand-grandbaby!!! Was he born on the 10th? When? So precious.
Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog - yes, hubbies will surprise us everytime! I just eat the romantic stuff up though! LOL

jeanette

Cooking with K said...

Your letter to Gavin...is priceless! He has a treasure in you as his granma!! Blessings, K

MrsMe said...

Congratulations Mags! Gavin is a lucky little fellow to have such a warm and loving family. I look forward to stories and photos of him in the future.

God Bless

Co Irker said...

Congratulations to all of you!

He is beautiful and your hubs sent us pictures without his little hat on - my goodness, all that hair!

And any grandchild of yours will be a very fortunate boy. Not only are you wise and witty, you can bake with the best of em.

We are all so happy for you! And we better see more photos soon.

Take care.

TGIF

Debbie said...

Congrats!!! This is the first time I've been to your blog, and what a nice thing to see posted.
It is my youngest son's birthday today! (he turned 25)
I'll be back to visit your blog...cuz I'm on the other side of 50 too!!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

wow! Congratulations. What a beautiful baby and lovely tribute.

Pam said...

Congratulations! He is adorable!

Barbara Bakes said...

Awwww! He's so sweet! He'd never do those things like his dad!

Cottage Cozy said...

Wonderful,wonderful...congratulations Grandma Mags! He is precious!

Nanan said...

Awwwww Mags - he is gorgeous - what a love!!! And a beautiful name! I know you are beside yourself - the next stage of life - being a grandmother!!!! It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it!