They say you never know love until you hold your child in your arms.
That immediate need to protect. The awe and powerful feeling of a love so deep, so strong, your heart aches with it.
But, when it’s your Grandchild?
Let me tell you, I was one hot, sappy mess. The emotions racing through me changed from amazement that my child, the baby I rocked to sleep, created this little miracle.
(How can that be true? And how did I get this old?)
To an unconditional love so deep, so profound, you don’t think you can love them anymore than you already do. Then you wake tomorrow to find that love has grown deeper still. How is that even possible??
December brought this little angel into the world, on a cold, blustery, winter day in Michigan. My son Andrew, and daughter in law, Stephanie were scheduled to be induced, but April decided she did not want to wait.
Luckily, I planned on arriving a few days early.
My son picked me up from the airport, and we thought we had time.
Stephanie went into labor that evening. Andrew downloaded an app (I did not know such a thing even existed) to help time the contractions. And by 2 am they were off.
Family gathered in the wee hours at Troy Beaumont Hospital awaiting the good news.
April Christine Erdman arrived at 9:46 am on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.
She weighed in at 6 pounds and 8 ounces, and 20 inches long.
People tell you about becoming a Grandmother for the first time. How it is going to be amazing.
You get to spoil them, then give them back.
Yep, I can see that happening. Easily.
I am already thinking about our first Disney trip, and standing in line for her to see Mickey and Minnie and she is only 2 weeks old!
For me, the most incredible thing is watching my son. That big, tough, 6’3″ man hold his daughter with awe and love in his eyes. To see that immediate bond, and need to protect.
And Stephanie is a natural momma. She transitioned into the role effortlessly, and approaches each day with joy, hope and tireless love for this sweet little girl.
April is so very blessed to have incredible parents. OK, I am probably a little biased here, but as a first time Grandma? I am allowed.
I am so glad I was able to be there to celebrate in April’s birth. And anywhere I go, my camera goes. So be prepared for many, many more adorable baby pictures from me in the future.