I've been away for a few weeks tending our grandson and helping his mom as a new baby joined their family. On a family history/genealogy blog where we focus on our ancestors, those who have already lived their lives and passed on to the next, it's a joy to spend a few moments on the living and celebrate the birth of a new baby.
And so I'd like you to meet our new granddaughter, Olivia Rose. She arrived on January 10 at 10:52 p.m., weighing a healthy 9 pounds 2 ounces. She is sweet and round and fully cuddle-able. As her aunt said, Olivia has "a proper double chin," though it's not too evident in this photo. She also has a strong set of lungs which she actively uses to let us know there's a problem.
The facts that her little mouth forms a nearly perfect "O" when she's unhappy, that she weighed 9+ pounds, and that her name starts with an "O" led to her first nickname: The Big O. That one won't stick but this one, Ohsie Rosie, courtesy of her aunt, just might.
More than ever before I can appreciate why young people have babies. Just two weeks and I'm very tired -- but very pleased to have been able to spend time with Olivia, Mali, and their parents.