Sunday, September 12, 2010

Love Those Frequent Flyer Miles!

by Leann

Between the last time I posted and now, much has happened. Early last Sunday morning we got the call that my daughter-in-law was in labor--almost 3 weeks early! I was stunned, mostly because I had my flight booked for September 17th--a week before the baby was due. I wished them well, hung up and burst into tears. I had been invited to be the "mom" around with this baby and I was about to miss out on a very special event.

I thought for about 10 minutes, dried my tears and got on the Internet. Since my daughter-in-law had a C-section with the first baby, she had wanted a natural birth this time. So, I thought I just might have time to get on a plane and at least be there a few hours after the new little one arrived. I had just enough frequent flyer miles to avoid paying $900 for a ticket. I booked it, my husband sped me to the airport and I was off in less than 4 hours after the initial call.

The second leg of my personal "amazing race" began when my sister picked me up at the Seattle airport with my oldest granddaughter in tow. Trying hard to observe speed limits we headed for the hospital. And arrived thirty minutes before Morgan Elizabeth came into the world! I think this was meant to be. She's a little one--only 6lb 1oz and she dropped down to 5lb 7 oz, but she had gained back some of that by the time I left Saturday afternoon.

More good news. I get to go back in less than a week. Don't want to waste a perfectly good plane ticket. And I have to build up my mile bank. Who knows when I might need it again. Now ... what to get for the baby who needs nothing! Ideas, anyone?

24 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

They are adorable. Congratulations and hope she continues to do well.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Dru said...

Congratulations! They are both adorable.

I know the perfect gift you can make your granddaughter..did you guess? Yes, a memory quilt and this one can tell the story of how you raced to see her arrival. You can have images that include an airplane; luggage; Seattle skyline, a car, and the center image would be of Morgan.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mason and Dru. I made a flannel quilt for Maddie but have been so tied up with writing the latest book, I didn't do any quilting--but you're right Dru. Morgan needs a quilt!

CindyD said...

My mother made baby grab balls for lots and lots of babies and now I carry on the tradition.

Leann Sweeney said...

How do you make grab balls? I've never heard of them, Cindy!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Congratulations on your newest arrival. I happy for you that you were able to be there when she arrived. My gift idea - write her a story. Or a lot of stroies that she can keep. Start with what all you did so you were there to greet her when she arrived in this world. Someday, she'll treasure them.

dollycas aka Lori said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You are right this was meant to be!! She waited for you, so sweet. Both granddaughters are so cute!!!

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

I love the book idea ... I made my mom a little book of reasons I love her. I used a small photo album, and created pages out of index cards (decorated with stickers, glitter -- yes, I was over 30 when I did this, but still). It's a very personal picture book.

You could make one that's a little more professional-looking with the images Dru mentioned along with your bedtime story version of the tale. If you don't want to use a photo album, there are sites where you can print small, one-of-a-kind picture books.

Mare F said...

Hugs, hugs, and more hugs. Maybe a belly raspberry. Okay, so you'll have to wait a bit for that to be fun. LOL. She's beautiful. My best to all involved it this wonderful event.

Heather Webber said...

What a pair of cuties! So glad you made it to the birth on time. If you ever want to pair up on Amazing Race, give me a call!

As for a gift--lots of great ideas here, so I'll go practical: start a college fund--it's never too early! (Can you tell I just paid tuition for the first time?)

Annette said...

Congratulations, I did not realize you were waiting for a second granddaughter. I can not believe that's Maddie in the picture. I don't have any ideas for a gift other than a quilt. My mother made alphabet quilts for her three grandchildren. And please don't forget about Maddie, the new big sister. There are lots of "Big Sister" books around.

Maggie Sefton said...

Congratulations, Leann. What an adorable picture! Enjoy your second visit. I got to be there for my daughter Christine's 2nd child, grandson Matthew, and for 3rd, granddaughter Natale. I got to be in the delivery room for that one. Very, very special. Enjoy!

Debra said...

Congratulations! They are so cute and I love the way the older one is studying the baby.
Frequent flier tip- I earned 10,000 extra miles by changing our electric provider. Same service and biller,nothing changed except the provider.

PatV said...

What beautiful children! Congratulations - and happy visiting with them! I have to vote with the book ideas - or knitting/crafting something special just for them. Have fun and love them - that's the important thing!

Vickie said...

Congratulations! What to give..what to give.....lots of love and books.

Lindy said...

Congratulations to you all! Big sister looks like she's going to take good care of the little one. When my niece had her baby she posted a note on facebook about her baby's Sleep Pea Pod. I checked it out, and bought one for a friend who says her new baby sleeps so much better than her other children and she's convinced it's because of the Sleep Pea Pod. Check it out at www.sleeppeapod.com and see what you think.

Heather said...

Congrats on the new grandbaby -- enjoy spoiling her!

CindyD said...

If you google "baby grab ball" you will find instructions - here's the closest to how my mom did it
- http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/baby-grab-ball
Also saw an idea for turning cloth diapers into personalized burp cloths.

booklover said...

Congrats!!!!
Begin by taping stories, songs, even I love yous...Oh how both my husband and I wish we had our mother's voices on tape for our kids to hear...also one of the best gifts our children ever got were crinkle dolls. Take the crinkly bag from a cereal box, cut out a pattern (Emily had a bear and a ball shape, Connor's was a dog) to complete it cut out the same pattern a bit bigger with colorful fabric. Sew it all up and Voila...a crinkly little lovey to hold on to...I was skeptical at first but my kids carried theirs everywhere from the time they could grasp them. The best part was they could go into the wash and it the "crinkly" part "decrinkled" it was easy to fix!!!
Again...congrats!
...and how many times have I tried to get that color of hair??!!!

Linda McDonald said...

Congrats on the new baby. That is great that you were able to make it there just in time.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Linda. Yup. I had GREAT timing--maybe for the first time ever.

Heike said...

Congrats!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Heike! I will be home Saturday at last and must say I will be glad. No place like home!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much. What a great idea about the crinkle dolls!