Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Being A Nana

by Deanna

I love being a Mother, I love being a Grandmother, and I really love being a Great-Grandmother.Let's back up just a wee bit. I was married young, (20) becoming pregnant instantaneously followed up 3 years later with baby number 2. I think I was a good mother, with both children having good memories of their childhood, but I think now looking back, I could have been better. I think I am a good Grandmother, at least my 3 grandchildren also have fond memories of being with their Nana and Pop Pop.  Bailey (one of the three on my left) even lived with me for a year What fun we had together, I miss her still.  This photo was taken almost 6 years ago, it's difficult to get us all together now that everyone has either married (Brandon) and left home or their careers took them away.

When these 3 were young they would come to Nana's and Pop Pop's every year a few days before Christmas with just us without parents.  We had great times, shopping, eating out, playing games, going to the movies, but then little by little those times spent together began decreasing by one....Brandon first with college and jobs, then Bailey with college and working, and finally Brie was the last one to come to stay with us at Christmas.  Now all are graduated from college and all are living the life of adults with jobs, responsibilities and families.

But now, we have a new generation that is in progress. I'm sure you have heard me mention my great granddaughter, Matilda Mae. Oh the joy she brings to us all. It's been many a year since we have had little ones around, since my youngest grandchild is 24. Tilly, as she is called is a bright spot in each of our lives. Look at that smile, that's pretty constant all day long.

Her grandmother, my daughter, Lisa, is as charmed and in love with her as we all are. It's just too bad that she lives a good hour and half to 2 hours away from us both. I would love to stop in and eat breakfast with her, or walk her to the playground, or drive her to pre-school. But because of the distance and time constraints it's just not possible for either of us.

When we do get together, I don't know who has more fun, Lisa or Tilly. And then her grandfather, Sam, my son-in-law is just perfect for Tilly. He is a big kid himself. Look at them together taking selfies.....

Lisa even admitted to me that she likes it when we girls are by ourselves, it gives her more time to be with Tilly. When Sam's around, Tilly is drawn to him like a magnet because he has the inventiveness that children love. He gets down to her level, both mentally and physically, what a gem of a grandfather. My sweetie was like that with our 3 grandchildren. He would hoist them on his shoulders and march around the house singing at the top of his voice. "stout hearted are the forest rangers..." from Little Mary Sunshine. They love him just as Tilly loves Sam.

And I am pleased and thrilled to announce that Tilly's Mom and Dad are expecting baby number 2 which is a boy for sure.  I've known for awhile, but they asked that we not publicly announce until all was well.  See below for how they announced it on social media.

Please notice the baby bump. Hilary is about 22 weeks pregnant and doing well. Another lucky one who doesn't get sick during pregnancies, unlike so many.  Baby boy, we won't know the name until he is born, is due in October, about a month after Tilly turns 3....perfect.

Tilly is super excited that she will have a new baby brother that she can help with changing diapers, play with, read to, sing to. I wonder when she will begin the "is he here yet?" Please notice the red boots. A new addition to the always changing, never boring, always accessorized wardrobe.

Life continues on, and I am so blessed and happy that I am still here to enjoy and love our ever growing family. Oh, by the way, I'm still Nana to this next generation, easy to say, easy to remember.

"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies."   ~Rudy Giuliani


Sandra said...

What a beautiful and loving family you have, Deanna. I love the photos and of course, adorable Tilly who will soon be a big sister! Wonderful news! Tilly is so photogenic and seems to have a sweet nature!

Cathy H. said...

How exciting! Tilly is adorable! I love all her accessories! I'm sure she'll be a wonderful, sweet big sister.

Dotti said...

This is the most delightful post! Little Tilly just steals my heart! Her sunny disposition leaps out from the photographs, I can just imagine what she's like in person. And now, a little brother on the way. How exciting for you, Nana! I also loved hearing more about your life story. And the photos! Each one needs to be printed and displayed.

terriporter said...

I absolutely adore this post! Beautiful family photos and such great news about Tilly's expected baby brother! Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are such gifts and they grow up way too quickly. Look at Miss Tilly and how fast she's gone from a baby to a young lady! Lucky you to be expecting another baby in the family! He will be blessed to have you as his Nana. I am fortunate to have all three of my sons and all three of my grandkids right here where I can see them often and believe me, I know how lucky I am!

Christine E-E said...

I'm reading in the car as JPE (my husband) drives us 3.5 hours north of our home on the Central Coast of California to visit our newest grandchild! We will babysit tonight so my daughter & SIL can go out. Husband is attending a college graduation in Palo Alto tomorrow, so I'm tagging along.... can't wait to cuddle my 2 month old grandson..... our other new grandchild (she turned 1 this week) lives in Arlington, VA, so those trips are longer than a weekend & fewer than I would like. Oh woe is me! Wish they lived closer! BUT, thankful for FaceTime.
Congrats on your upcoming addition to the family, Deanna. I love your photos of Tilly.

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