So, as today was your Aunt Kelly's Baby Shower. She is going to be having the first baby girl in the family, so we were prepared with a lot of pink and frills to celebrate the occassion. Her In-Laws drove in for the party and Kelly's good personality meant there was a large number of friends and family there to celebrate along with us.We played games like guessing the date and weight of Baby Wassell-ina when she comes along, celebrity baby name games, etc.Grandma Mary converted her living room into a "Mess Hall" for the occassion and has decided to keep it this way. So much for the Living Room! :)Actually, I remember the Living Room being pretty, but rarely used growing up, so the change seems very sensible.Plus, the old Dining Room has been converted into a downstairs playroom for the grandchildren, so PLUS PLUS PLUS!! :)Kelly's due date is in late January and mine is in late May, so these two little ones will be pretty close in age.By tremendously good chance, all grandkids have been coming in close pairs, so whenever we have family events, each child has a companion that is close in age to them that they kind of pair up with for play.This makes for very fun family gatherings!Growing up, we were close in age to our cousins and spent a lot of time with our cousins, Jason and Ryan, and Janie and Anneliese when the would frequently visit from Kansas City. I was closest in age to Jason, but because of the sex difference, he would normally pair up with Matt. I did my damn-dest to be included, though. :)We are going to find out the sex of the baby that we are expecting but right now can only imagine what that might be. Either way, I already know the baby names I would pick and I plan to share them with you and the family as soon as we know in order to help you get ready for the change that will be coming with the new baby.Not that I think just knowing a name is going to make it all cake and candles, but I think it may be a start in the right direction....I would certainly be happy with a baby boy or a baby girl, but seeing all the cute little clothes and girly things that I automatically love being a girl myself, I think it would be fun to have a little girl.I'm sure that if I do end up finding out that the new baby is a girl, I may just need to declare Chapter 10 right then because I'll be wanting to put her in every cute little frilly dress and tutu that I see.
It's hard to describe watching my baby sister excited over her first born baby. It's really fun and makes my eyes and heart swell for her.It's true that there will be lots of challenges but the best thing is never to lose sight of the gift of this new life that you have been blessed with because - through all the challenges - I have learned more about myself and what I want in my life and what is valuable and worthy. Lessons I would never have learned in quite this fantastic of a way without you to demonstrate how wonderful things can be.