Lynn’s Recollections and Reflections #29 – Becoming a Grandma

My Baby had a Baby

I’ve been waiting for a long time to join the Grandma Club and I finally got inducted on December 13, 2023, at 8:51 PM

The little nugget arrived just minutes after I made the 15-hour trek from Chicago to Dallas.

Arrived a Little Early

He made his appearance a little earlier than expected so I wasn’t at all prepared for the phone call that it was go time.

I spent about an hour panicking trying to figure out what the best way to get to Dallas would be. “Handy” calmed me down and went through the different options.

Based on last-minute and holiday flights the options and price made driving a better idea. I also needed to take my office with me as I wasn’t prepared to leave for another two weeks.

I got myself packed and organized on Tuesday night then woke up early and was on the road by 5:30 am. It was a beautiful day to drive. The sun was shining and other than some traffic in St. Louis, the drive was uneventful.

Trying to Be Helpful

They were in the hospital with the baby until Friday night so I spent two days getting the house ready, doing some last-minute shopping and errands. Of course, I also made several stops at the hospital to check up on everyone.

It’s crazy how everything changes from one generation to the next. The way my Mom did things was different than the way that I did things. The way Annie and Tommy are taking care of their newborn is different than how I did things. As luck would have it we all succeeded at keeping our kids alive and well.

Spending Christmas in Dallas

“Handy” and Emma are flying down on Friday and we will spend Christmas together. Then we will all head back home as I’m sure Tommy’s mom is dying to get here to spend her grandma time with this new little family.

I will resume my Recollections and Reflections in the New Year!

Peace & Love,

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  1. The Introduction
  2. My Parents and Their Friends in the 60s
  3. A Lonely Kid
  4. The Day I Ran Away TO Home
  5. The Tornado
  6.  Moving Away from My Friends
  7. The Summer of 1975
  8. Living with the Devil
  9. After the Summer of 1975
  10. The Wedding
  11. Newlyweds and 2 New Houses
  12. A Baby
  13. Behind Closed Doors
  14. Living the Dream
  15. Four Tumultuous Years
  16. My Sister
  17. Fast Forward To Today
  18. The Divorce
  19. Do Your Homework
  20. Why Am I Writing This
  21. Living Through Abuse
  22. Fixer Upper
  23. Dating Single Mom
  24. The Ghost
  25. Losing My Favorite House
  26. Present Day
  27. Meeting Handy
  28. Falling in Love

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  1. Congratulations! Being a Grandma is one of the best things in my life. Wishing you all the joys and blessings of becoming part of the club.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    1. Hi Maria – It’s more than I could have imagined. I’m taking in all the cuddles and new baby smell. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your.

  2. Laura @ Our Grand Lives says:

    Oh my goodness! Your little nugget is so precious! What a perfect Christmas gift he is! Enjoy every minute of your time together! I’m so excited for you and all the Grand adventures that await! 💙💙💙

    1. Hi Laura –
      He is the sweetest little thing. It’s beyond anything I could have imagined. I am enjoying every minute and realize that I will probably be in Texas more than I ever had thought. Merry Christmas!

  3. Wendy McMonigle says:

    Congratulations, Lynn! he is adorable, and I am sure you love every minute with that darling little nugget.

  4. Such a sweet and precious bundle you have Lynn! Happy Grandma-ing!