I’M JUST CURIOUS: Babies bring memories

by Debbie Walker

That’s right. Since my granddaughter told us she was pregnant with a baby girl due in May 2020 the memories have taken over. I have experienced so many different memories. These memories include the little heart tugs and the laughs and there have been many.

I have to admit I was thrilled when they told us, “It’s going to be a girl!” While she was pregnant, I admit to having had a few giggles. When I was pregnant with her mother, my daughter, women were just “pregnant”, maybe morning sickness, and then the “birth”. That was it. No big discussions telling me the development stage of the baby. If I remember right, a nurse showed me how to bath her before we left our five-day visit in the hospital. That was it.

A co-worker and I had to deal with her sister, my daughter, And…….another co-worker, all pregnant at the same time. These women would go to the doctors and come back with papers to show the stage the baby was in and all the talking about morning sickness and something called a “mucus plug”. What in the heck is the mucus plug! I have lived this long without knowing what it is, I can live without knowing! We heard all the stages and details with all three of them.

Well now with Tristin it was all “mother’s” websites where you could learn all you ever could want to know. That is only the beginning of all we learned with her pregnancy.

Those are only the beginnings of the memories that have come out. So many differences. Some amazing things and some ridiculous ones. It is amazing to me that we can have video visits. The neatest thing is that the baby’s Momma can video those special moments that dad’s usually miss out on. So nice.

Think about it. It wasn’t that long ago if you lived out of their area you had to wait for pictures or possibly a video to arrive in the mail. Now you can video chat with them, in real time, as often as all agree.

There are times when Addi’s (Addison Grace) facial expressions remind me of her mother or grandmother, and I was even told she looked like me. The neat thing is how many times her features have changed. I love watching these changes every couple of weeks.

My grandmother had a ring that was mine from the first day she showed up with it. I must have been about seven or eight years old. I love that simple amethyst ring and as time went on, our relationship with that ring changes. Gram let everyone know that the ring was to be mine. About a year before she passed, I had a tiger eye ring that she liked, and we traded. Years of history there.

Addi and I seem to be bonding over my rings. She likes checking out the details on each one and I hope it continues. Since it was passed on to me from grandmother to granddaughter, I believe I will pass Gram’s ring down to my granddaughter, Addi’s mom.

I am sure we are in for many more choices and I will hopefully enjoy them all.

I am just curious what memories babies have brought to you over the years. Please pass on a few. You can contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org with questions or comments. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week.


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