I got this sweet gift bag full of goodies from my friend Jenni.
Isn't it great?
The past few weeks have brought a new awareness into our lives. Basically, I'm staying close to the phone, just in case we should get that much anticipated call about Emmalyn James making her way into the world. It's an exciting time!
I'm sure most families feel this way when they are about to meet the latest member, but when I look around at all the people anticipating this little girl, I feel overjoyed that she already has so many people ready to love her!
Ted and Alex have been so blessed by generosity from friends and family, that their closets are literally overflowing with clothes and gadgets and diapers for their baby girl. It's really heartwarming to see all the love.
As for David and I, we are a funny pair.
David is walking around saying he can't believe he's about to be a grandfather and all I can say is "I wonder what she looks like?"
I know we are both going to melt into a puddle the moment we lay eyes on her.
So....let's talk about what this sweet little bundle of pink is going to call us.....
David has chosen a more traditional route and is going with PawPaw, like the generations that came before him. It's good. It's reasonable. It's easy to remember and understand.
I have chosen a name that I will spend the rest of my life explaining and really, who's surprised?
Originally, I was going with Grammy. When Ted and Alex first told us about the baby coming, I honestly wasn't prepared to pick out my forever grandparent name, so I went with the only one that appealed to me at the time.
However, sometimes things just don't fit or feel right, so you have to keep thinking about it until the right thing hits you and here it is........
Yep. I'm going to be MILLIE to my sweet Emmy and all other grandbabies that follow and here's the answer to the question going through your mind of WHY.....
I've told Alex to call me MIL (short for Mother-in-Love) since she and Ted got married. It started out as a funny way to break that awkward problem of "what to call your in-laws" that we all go through. I also told her to call David FIL and Collin BIL, just for fun, if need be.
So, when I realized that Grammy just wasn't the thing for me, I thought about the fact that one day I would have another daughter-in-love (when Collin gets married) and I would be offering her the same option of what to call me, so why not just expand that into MILLIE for all the babies and it would be easy on everybody.
And, there you have it.
Because we all know that once you earn that grandparent name, it kind of sticks and even your grown kids start referring to you by that name (right Nanny?).
When I told Alex about MILLIE, she instantly loved it, so that was what sealed the deal. She said I never looked like a Grammy anyway and I had to agree.
Now, I just can't wait to introduce myself to this precious baby and experience all the wonder that comes with being a grandparent.
If it's as great as everyone says it is, we are in for a treat!