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The First Time…

Jan 3, 2017

There are a number of “First Times” in a person’s life that really stand out…

… a first crush
… a first date
… a first kiss
… a first love

Everyone who’s ever been a parent knows that the first time you see your child after they’re born tops all of those.

I thought that would be the “Ultimate First”… until this past weekend when I met my grandson, Cole Alexander, for the first time.

When Andrew and Liz told us earlier in 2016 they were expecting their first child (our first grandchild!) in December, we were all thrilled to death. We knew that this child would not be lacking for support and love – three sets of grandparents to dote and spoil on him.

As the due date came and went, the anticipation and thrill increased until we got the message from Andrew that Liz was in labor and at the hospital! More waiting, a few glasses of wine, and finally the photos!

Cole was here!

Our beautiful bouncing baby grandson had made his appearance into the world. 🙂

We knew that this would be a spur-of-the-moment/drop-everything-and-go visit. What grandparent wouldn’t want to be there ASAP after the birth of their grandchild? So “Grandma Bunny” and I departed and hit the road for Denton. Once we arrived and went straight to the hospital, the first sight we saw was of a beaming new Daddy holding his precious son. I knew things were all right with the world, and Cole was going to be in good hands.

Getting our first cuddles and holding him tightly as we took turns rocking in the chair with him, it was apparent that this “First Time” was better than any other we’d ever experienced. I know you’re completely shocked (shocked, I tell you!), but there are lots of photos of little Cole from his first couple of days already!

From other friends of ours who have experienced this, too, they said that it happens with each and every grandchild – so Grandma Bunny and I have this great feeling to look forward to again and again!

I know it’s cliche, but it was a definitely life-changing moment. More so for Andrew and Liz, of course, but they’re very prepared to be great parents for this little guy – he hasn’t quite figured out the life lottery win he just received, but he’ll be in great hands.

The “promotion” I just received from “Dad” to “Grandpa” has been coming for awhile – but the actual experience of it was something quite different and wonderful. I know I’m not alone, as Grandma Bunny, Gigi, Mimi, Gumpy, and Grandaddy all agree — he’s a pretty amazing little guy! 🙂

I can’t wait to see what life has in store for our little Cole, what experiences he’ll have, what fun we’ll have together… he has a large and loving extended family that will always be there for him.

…and no, I can’t handle this cuteness.

Husband, father, Space Cadet, techno-geek…
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