Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's a Maelie!

Last night I started writing what was sure to be a Pulitzer Prize winning blog on how I tried sushi for the first time yesterday and how it was…well…interesting, and how I was quite sure I’ll try it again.

Then I got “the text.”

Cassie’s contractions were 9-12 minutes apart. Because Cassie has a gift for birthing babies easily and quickly (emphasis on quickly), I knew I had to get over there. Fast.

I had a bag packed, my computer packed, my food packed (always mindful of the food) and enough gas in the Jeep to get me to Cassie’s that night and a gas station today. I loaded it all (well...) in the car, when within a half mile of Cassie’s I realized…I’d forgotten my damn bag!

“Cassie, it’s Mom,” I called, surprisingly calm. “I’m almost there. How far along are your contractions?”

“Eh,” she said in her carefree (Carefree??? She’s about to give birth!) way. “Seven, maybe 8 minutes.”

“I, um, forgot my bag. Would I have time to go back and get it?” I asked. (Some people stress eat. I stress forget.)

Much laughter on her end. Plenty of time, she said.

OK...Got to Cassie’s at 9:30. Matt put kids to bed. Claire insisted on seeing Grammy again. Grammy went upstairs and talked to Claire and tucked her in. Grammy went downstairs. Talked to Cassie. Matt fell asleep on the couch. Contractions were every 5 minutes. Claire got out of bed. Grammy went back up. Laid in bed with Claire until Claire (and nearly Grammy) fell asleep. Grammy went back downstairs. Matt was still sleeping. Contractions were 2 to 3 minutes apart (holy crap!). Cassie called the doctor. Cassie woke up Matt. After a Marx Brothers routine, they were out the door at 11. Grammy went to bed. Fell asleep around midnight. Phone rang at 12:30. Cassie was checked in. Dilated to 4. Text from Cassie at 3:00: “Epidural at 2:30. Very comfy.” Text from Matt at 6:30: “She’s ready to push!” One push later, baby was born at 6:36. Phone call from Cassie at 6:45. “Remember what you thought it would be?” she asked. “A boy,” I said. “It’s a girl!” she laughed.

World, meet Maelie Julianne, my third grandbaby and second granddaughter:

(And contrary to what a friend of mine says about all babies, she does NOT look like Winston Churchill.)

Maelie is 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 22 inches long. She’s the “baby” of the family, kicking Luca up to middle child status, same as me. Her birth generated more text messages than I’ve written in the last two years combined. She is a Text Baby. Luca was a Facebook BabyClaire was a Blog Baby.
I promise a more coherent blog in the next day or two. Until then, I’m co-grandparenting with Grandma Julia the next few days. Thank god grandparents come in sets.
Grandma Julia, Luca, Maelie, Cassie and Claire. Maelie looks like she's a singing cherub!
Just us girls

Luca and Daddy


  1. And isn't it just like Cassie to already be in clothes and look fantastic?

    Great pics! Love you guys!

  2. She is gorgeous. I got chills reading this. And, I got anxious when you talked about forgetting the bag.
    Enjoy enjoy those beautiful kids.

  3. She is really beautiful - as are you!

  4. Congratulations Grammy x 3!! ♥♥♥

  5. CONGRATS!! Such reviting excitement with every reading moment. All your grandkids are blessed to have a pair of grandparents (I lost my parents many years before my son was born). Enjoy every new moment with a beatiful baby.

  6. I loved reading this story because we just lived through the birth of our first grandchild, a boy. The texting and phone calls were wild as we endured the 9 hour December drive from Minneapolis to St. Louis. So exciting!

  7. so exciting! congratulations to you and cassie and all the family!

    (what a handsome son-in-law too, phwoar! ;)

  8. Cassie looks fabulous EVERY time she has a baby. I wish she could bottle that and sell it!

    What's fun is listening to Claire and Luca talk about Maelie. I don't think they have a CLUE how their home life is about to change :)

  9. Awww, what an adorable Singing Cherub!
    Congrats on your little Text Grandbaby. :-)


  10. Woot!! Woot!! Love you! Love the new addition to our family!

  11. I got chills reading this too. So exciting and more precious times to look forward to with g-baby #3.
    Love Maelie's name too!

    All the best,
    Lynn P.

  12. Lynn,
    She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Perfect!!!!


  13. Congratulations!! She is so darn cute!!! Welcome to the world, Maelie!


  14. Congratulations!!! Such sweet times. She is beautiful, and your daughter looks a lot like you in that picture!

  15. Congratulations!!

  16. Awe...congratulations, Grammy!

  17. What a beautiful family! Congratulations Grandma. :)

  18. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful newest granddaughter!!! She is adorable. What a wonderful day!

  19. OMG!! Congratulations!!!
    Such a beautiful young family of 4!..

  20. congrats

    my middle was/is thrilled to be middle. After youngest was born she was 'na-na-na' at the dinner table with my mother that night. Na-na-na to the oldest saying she, the middle, got an older brother AND a younger sister and he had only sisters.

  21. Congratulations....such a wonderful feeling getting a new grandbaby...I have 5 now!

  22. Congratulations! A day to remember for sure!

  23. Congratulations, Lynn! Love all the pictures, and I think the title of this post is just the best! Enjoy your time with your family.


  24. Hi Lynn! Congratulations on the new grandbaby.

    I am just found your blog today! I am just starting out on my weight loss journey and I am looking forward to reading your blog, and others like it to help keep me motivated and inspired! :)


  25. Congrats! Beautiful baby :)

  26. Congratulations, Lynn! There is nothing like a new grandbaby. We just had our 9th on Jan. 15, and it is truly special. My best to you and your entire family--especially Cassie who is the lovely mother of this beautiful baby.

  27. Beeeeuatiful! Hope mommy and baby are doing well.

    P.S. Glad the sushi experience went well. I'm a big fan, but it took some time.

    Have fun with the new baby!