I knew early in my pregnancy that I wanted both grandmas to be present at Judge’s birth. He’s the first grandchild on both sides, and there’s just something about having so much maternal wisdom around–I knew it would be a special time.
Thankfully, they both wanted to be there, too. And since Judge decided he wanted to make a scheduled, surgical entrance into this world, both grandmas were able to be there to be among the first to meet him.
Moments after Judge was born and I snapped the best selfie of my life, I texted them the photo from the operating room. Rumor has it they were in the hospital cafeteria at that time and both had tears in their eyes when they saw the photo. The thought warms my heart.
Once we were in the recovery room with little Judge, the grandmas took turns holding him and smiling proudly–I don’t think those smiles left their faces all day.
Each grandma took a turn staying the night in the hospital with the baby and me, picking him up to soothe him in the middle of the night while I was still bedridden or moving slowly after surgery. They spoke words of comfort to me and served as my advocate when a nurse, doctor or lactation consultant visited my room. They gave advice and made suggestions, but always cautiously–something I greatly appreciate.
Once I was home from the hospital, the grandmas cooked meals, cleaned and organized my apartment, changed countless diapers and even ran errands for me. They did everything without complaining and they asked for more things to do. Each chore was met with delight and eagerness. In between chores and outings, a grandma would hold her grandson, smiling at him and shushing his cries to soothe him. I loved seeing them with little Judge–so full of love and adoration.
When it was time for the grandmas to leave, I had tears in my eyes. What a special time that we won’t have again. I don’t know how I could have recovered as quickly and as happily as I did from surgery without Judge’s grandmas with me each step of the way.
I’ll love and cherish those memories of the first days with Judge and his grandmas. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Gee Gee and MiMi.