Forty-one years ago today:
I had given birth to a beautiful baby girl in the early morning hours. And now I was too hyped up (and on drugs) to sleep. Our new baby girl had been a wonderful surprise (back when the sex of the baby was always a surprise) because Hubby and I already had two year old Gunny, so it was exciting to now have a daughter too. Hubby had gone home to call our parents and then get some sleep.
I didn’t expect to get to tell anyone the news first-hand, but I couldn’t resist calling my mother-in-law to see what she thought, because I knew she was hoping for a girl, since their only two grandchildren so far were little boys, Gunny and his cousin Tim.
Little did I know that Hubby hadn’t been able to reach his parents and had gone to bed for a little much-needed sleep without having told them the good news.
So I called my mother-in-law about 8 a.m.:
Me: Hi. How are you?
MIL: Fine! How are you doing?
Me: Oh, I’m fine. I was just wondering what you thought about having a granddaughter.
MIL: Ohhh, I think that would be wonderful. Do you think that’s what you’re going to have?
(Yippee! I suddenly realized that she didn’t know the news — there was someone I was going to get to tell first!)
Me: Well, I don’t have to wonder any more — I had a little baby girl this morning!
MIL started yelling, “Art, Art, come here quick! Sandy had their baby and it’s a girl!!” Then to me on the phone, still yelling, “That is such wonderful news! What did you name her?”
Me: We named her Jennifer Elaine.
There was a moment of silence as MIL absorbed that piece of news. Hubby and I hadn’t told anyone the names we were considering. But Hubby’s youngest sister, a late-life baby like me and much adored by the whole family, was 12 year old Elaine, and she was almost more excited than her mom about the prospect of maybe having a little girl in the family. So we knew she would be thrilled to have the baby named after her.
MIL: (in a suddenly soft, emotional voice) A little girl … named Jennifer Elaine. That is wonderful.
I’ve always remembered that early morning call I made, because it was so nice to get to be the one to tell my sweet mother-in-law that she now had a granddaughter … and, even better, one named after her much adored youngest child.
So, DD came into this world as a wonderful, early morning surprise to her Grandma H., with whom she went on to have a very special relationship.
Happy Birthday, Daughter Divine. You have blessed all our lives in so many ways. We couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. We love you even more with each passing year.