My granddaughter’s early arrival of course means that there is once again a baby in the house at Christmas. What a neat blessing it is. Baby Issa – as her father has nicknamed her – was by far the youngest and the smallest person in the congregation at Christmas Eve Mass tonight, which did not… Continue reading First Christmases
The past nine days have been one helluva ride. Would we change anything about it? Eh. Hm. Nah. Baby M is a delight. She is tiny, but quite fierce. She puts up a wail that makes her aunt’s seem like a gentle trill, but only when she has a dirty diaper. She’s overcome a weak… Continue reading Nine Days Old, And Home At Last
My beautiful granddaughter was born this morning as the sun began to rise over the city. Melissa Sylvia Isabelle, you are the most joyful of mysteries. Great is the mercy and glory of God. I cannot stop weeping for love of you and your parents.
It’s Black Friday, and I can tell you what I’m not doing: leaving my house. I don’t go to malls or Costco on a quiet day. Mama didn’t raise no fool. The dogs are out back digging holes in the snow and eating their poop and whatever else it is they do outside. I hope… Continue reading In Which Kanga Goes Into Hibernation on Black Friday
Hi Baby Girl! Twelve weeks and counting until we meet you, and your mom and dad are working hard to get things ready for when you come home. Today they picked up your crib from your grandpa, and Tommy the Cat has quality tested it for you. We’ve got plans tomorrow for your mom to… Continue reading Twenty-eight Weeks, Four Days
It was a lovely time. Ten people seated at our dining room table, and the best behaved creature was Tommy the Cat, who chose to sleep on a chair rather than follow Jeebers to the basement following banishment for trying to mount the food serving table in the kitchen. I didn’t have to lift a… Continue reading Thanksgiving And Other Shenanigans
Dear Baby M: You’ve been giving your mom and dad quite a ride the past 22 weeks. Tonight was no exception. You and I need to have words about staying put for as long as you can. The next 18 weeks are important. We want you to be at your strongest and healthiest, and that… Continue reading The First Letter From Kanga To Her Granddaughter