DEBORAH CROMBIE: As much as we all love what we do, our books and our made-up characters, sometimes real life takes center stage.
Which bring us to...
My only daughter's first baby was due on February 28th. I very anxiously scheduled a three week trip to London, January 5th to the 26th, worried about being out of the country during most of my daughter's eighth month of pregnancy, but desperately needing some very concentrated "in place" work on Duncan and Gemma #17, Garden of Lamentations. I was working around my daughter's baby shower, planned for this last Sunday (January 31st,) and chewing my nails over the fact that before I knew about the baby I had registered for Left Coast Crime in Phoenix, which runs from February 25th to February 28th, my daughter's due date.
I told my daughter she absolutely could NOT have this baby until I got back from Phoenix! (No Leap Year baby, either!) So I was betting on the first week in March.
The shower on Sunday was terrific, and huge. The hostesses organized a terrific party, and the gifts (it took four loaded SUVs to ferry them home) completely filled the nursery.
On Monday I thought I would begin to get caught up from my trip to London.
On Tuesday, my daughter, who never misses work, said she was taking the day off to rest up from the shower and could I help her sort out the gifts? We spent a lovely few hours organizing baby things.
And on Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. my daughter went into labor.
My granddaughter was born at 1:57 p.m., Wednesday, February 3rd, at 36 weeks, weighing 6 lbs 1 oz and measuring 18 3/4 inches long!!!
I was so privileged to see her enter the world, and can't believe I might have missed this! Mom and baby are doing great, and my daughter and son-in-law are absolute champs. They were calm and cheerful and collected during the labor and birth--while the midwife kept reminding Grandma to breathe...
So here's the star of the show, little Wren.
She's so beautiful and so tiny!
Here she is with her dad
With her mom
And with Grammy Debs
Here's to a new and wonderful life!
(Anyone want to take bets on who's already buying books for the little one?)