Our Newest Valentine

This is what has my attention this weekend.


James was blessed with a full head of hair.

It's similar to the color of his Aunt Sara's hair.

James is three weeks old and almost 8 lbs. this Valentine's day weekend.

He wasn't due for nine more days, but he was eager to meet his family, so he poked his water sack and announced "I'm coming!" His parents had moved to a new home just hours earlier. They thought they'd have a month before James appeared, but I guess he didn't want to miss anything.

So, today we have a new Valentine to celebrate. He's sweeter than any box of chocolates.

In three weeks of being a Nana, here are some things I've learned.

1. Parents with thick, dark, abundantly curly hair can have a child with light, straight, silky hair. God loves to surprise us.

2. Things that seemed important before James arrived - like cooking and cleaning - are suddenly on the back burner.

3. Holding James makes me think of my parents (who are 95 an 92.) The age span and the contrast of new life to old - it's very philosophical.

4. Our son and daughter-in-law are naturals at caring for a newborn. I'm sure they have moments of being unsure, but they handle James with tender, unhurried confidence. It's a beautiful thing to witness.

5. Having a newborn in the NICU for a week allows the nurses to get Junior on a schedule. This has turned out to be very beneficial for James and his sleepy parents.

6.  I can't express how much I love and adore this little boy. It came immediately, like the rush of a waterfall. When I snuggle him close, the worries fade, and life is perfect. He is so tiny, yet brings big joy to my heart.

For Valentine's Day, my husband and I got each other the Willow Tree grandparents statues.

We are so grateful for the gift of James.


Mari said...

Congratulations! Grandchildren are such a blessing.
He is beautiful and I love his hair!

Jerralea said...

What a cute little man! Congratulations on your Nanahood. I totally agree and feel #6.

Love those Willow Tree figurines ... I'm thinking PaPa and I need a set too...

Rita said...

Yes! Like the rush of a waterfall! :)
HIs hair may change color and he could even lose it--or it might stay the same. Ian came with a lot of dark hair and now it is thin and more blonde and he looks almost bald--LOL! My son's hair changed, too. But James sure does have a thick head of hair right now. Hope he keeps it!
Happy Valentine's Day!

netablogs said...

Love this! Congratulations! Enjoy this new phase of life.. grandparenting!

Karen Mortensen said...

He is so adorable and I love the willow trees.

Marie said...

so precious! congratulations!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Yes he is so adorable and cute, I do so like babies

Christine said...

Congratulations to you and your family!!! What a handsome little guy!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your grandson is just adorable. There is nothing that quite beats the feeling of holding a little one.

Joyce said...

He is precious! Enjoy spoiling him as only a grandparent can : )

Tracy Campbell said...

Hi Marianne,

Congratulations on the birth of James.
A precious gift sent from above.

Love your website tagline.

Thank you so much for popping into cheer Christopher Campbell on.
He's another angel.


Kenya G. Johnson said...

He’s beautiful! Congratulations!