Today I have two granddaughters, tomorrow there will be three. This I know because of modern technology and advancements in maternal care and childbirth. The sonogram told us months ago that it was a little girl and that she was perfect by all indicators. We know she will enter the world tomorrow because her delivery will be induced. My son, Brian, now works here in MD and they have not yet sold their house in Massachusetts and moved to MD, so the delivery has been scheduled so he can be present, rather than let nature take her course. If all goes according to plan, Kathryn Elizabeth Riley will join the family tomorrow.
I won't be there and that saddens me. The other set of grandparents, Amy's parents, will be there and I am happy for them. I was at the hospital when Emma was born on June 30, 8 short years ago. And I know there will be many more grandchildren born into this family. I think I can wait to meet Kathryn, to hold her in my arms, smell that sweet baby smell and feel that delicate body, warm and close to mine.