59 year old Grandmother gives birth

 

Me in my 72nd month

I must have been crazy to attempt this at my age. Some people were very pessimistic. Then again, the people who love me most, encouraged me to go for it. There were many times that I thought I would lose her, when I had to mentally say good-bye, but somehow she managed to survive. Last night  my much-anticipated miracle baby entered the world with all the hoopla I could muster.

The gestation period began six years ago with A Boy, A ball and a Book. In the early stages of development, I timidly shared my news with a few friends. Their reaction gave me courage and though, to most people I was barely “showing”, I was glowing! And then I started blabbing about it to anyone and everyone who would listen. I am pretty sure that I bored some of you to death, you know who you are, and that you began to think that this blessed event would never happen. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Despite the odds, my book began to grow, a book created to honor the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, specifically, Janelle aka. “Grandmama.”

Preparing for this baby, I purchased a LLC agreement, a copy right, a business license, a checking account, a credit card, a web domain, an e-book developer, a pay-pal account, a Facebook page and a blog. I studied and read articles about publishing, dabbled in internet social marketing, asked advice of others, took advice from some, and weeded through scads of on-line help sites. I learned the difference between Android and I-things, tablets, pads, nooks and kindles. Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google, Go-Daddy, and WordPress, are now old friends, sometimes irritating, sometimes helpful.

Like my baby, I too have grown, especially in my struggle with control and collaboration, initiative, patience and faith. Here are a few things I have learned in the long period between conception and delivery.

Lessons About the Birthing Process

  1. You are overjoyed at the initial prospect
  2. You think and dream about her all the time/wonder what to name her
  3. You are afraid that you are inadequate for the task/self-doubt escalates as time goes on
  4. You hope that your baby will be early, or at least on time, beautiful and healthy
  5. False labor occurs over and over/you have to relax, focus, regroup and wait
  6. Real Labor eventually happens/much more is required of you than you ever imagined
  7. There is a lot of excitement and pain/labor lasts a long, long, time
  8. When you feel like you cannot push again, you push again
  9. During transition, you may feel like cussing out everyone in the room.
  10. When she arrives, you quickly forget all about the struggle to get her here
  11. There is joy
  12. You wonder about doing it all over again

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There Must be a Dozen Ways to Name Your Baby

In response to Susan Adcox’s invitation to write about the challenge of not “butting in” on the naming of grand baby, I have faithfully followed a relentless rabbit trail, in order to bring you my best thinking on the Baby Name Selection Process. The naming of your child must not be taken lightly because the result is something your baby will be stuck with for a very long time. Remember, the name makes the person, or does the person make the name? I can’t remember.

That being said, there is really no need to fret. There must be at least a dozen ways to name your baby.

1. Family names: For the parent who wants to honor a family member. However, you may run into trouble if your favorite uncle has the hideous name and the great name goes with the cousin that you can’t stand.

2. Biblical Names: For the parent who wants to pass on a strong character image. However, stay clear of Mephibosheth and Jehoshaphat because no one will be able to pronounce or spell them.

3. One of a kind Names: For the parent that wants their child to have the one name that 6 billion other people haven’t thought of. However, be very cautious if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. What if there is another one out there somewhere?

4. Flower & Spice Names: For the parent who wants to name that little girl for something as sweet as she will become, like Cookie, Cinnamon Jasmine, Candy, or Sugar. However, as she gets older her career choice may be limited to exotic dancing.

5. Name it and claim it Names: For the parent who believes in the power of positive thinking and names their child a name like RICHard, King, or Princess, However, (Do you really need me to point out the pitfalls here?)

6. Androgynous Names: For the parent who wants to allow their child to grow up with a non-gender specific name. However, get used to having to say boy or girl every time you talk with someone about them.

7. Intentionally Confusing Names: For the parent who has a secret desire to be a comedian and tests the water when naming baby. (No however here) just a link to Boy named Sue.

8. Lineage Names: For the parent who wants a clean, simple, done deal, name by adding a jr. at the end of their own name. However, this can be used one time, for one child only.

9. Wide open Crazy Names: For the Southern parent only, who simply won’t be satisfied unless baby has a double name or a nickname. However, be prepared to be misunderstood by every single person north of the Mason-Dixon line.

10. Up to fate Names: For the parent who just can’t make the looming decision and is reduced to throwing a hand full of scrabble letters into the air, putting them into some sort of order and manufacturing a name. However, you may end up with a baby name containing all vowels.

11. Miscellaneous Names: For the parent who doesn’t find the perfect name from above categories and names baby after a city, month, or season. This also includes the parent who for some unknown reason wants to spell a common baby name in an uncommon way, and the parent who succumbs to the name with the most votes from his Name our baby contest blog post.

12. What am I missing Names: Your chance to offer a category in my comments box.

After choosing a name, be sure repeat the name out loud. Names like Bucky, Muffin, Hercules, etc. sound cute for babies and puppies; but think how these names may negatively effect baby’s future ability to run for office? After all, who would vote for a name like Barak or Newt?

Also, write the name on paper to test the way the letters interact, like you did in junior high when you wrote out your future name if you married the boy who sat behind you. Many a relationship ended over the way a name looked on paper (sometimes even the heart over the small i didn’t help). On the other hand there was that one boy whom could have been named Sprinkelstump and you wouldn’t have cared a lick.

My last bit of advice on naming your bundle of joy is this. Consider the immortal words of Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” ………… or as stinky when baby needs a diaper change.

A Little Birdie Told Me

Do you want to wake up your grandchildren in the morning, tell them that you are coming for a visit, let them know how proud you are for the million things they do?  Larry Bird may be the answer.  This little birdie lets you talk and sing in his squeaky voice, feed him, clap for him, and knock him off his branch with a bolt of lightning.  Then you can send him via e-mail to an address where your grands live and Mom can play it for them.  My daughter has been known to use it on occasion as a bribe as in:  “if you eat your breakfast, I’ll let you hear NeeNee’s Larry Bird message.”

All you do is go to the app store on your i-phone or i-pad, search for and download Talking Larry the Bird (It’s free).  Push the recorder in the left-hand corner and let yourself go!  The buttons on the right are self-explanatory.  When you are done you can play, save, mail or do over.

The best part of all is when Larry becomes a homing penguin and makes his way back to your e-mail inbox with a message from your grandchildren.  If you run out of creative juice with a talking bird, not to worry; there are talking cats, dogs, and giraffes among a whole slew of animated characters.