Last year my sister gave birth to a beautiful little girl and I became an aunt for the first time. More importantly, my mother became a grandmother for the first time – definitely a milestone for her, and one that she had been looking forward to since my siblings and I reached puberty. OK, well maybe not PUBERTY exactly, but let’s just say that becoming a Grandma made my mom a very, very happy lady! When Riley was born it was cause for great celebration and a healthy dose of happy tears. My mom is kind of emotional that way, and while we all tease her about her endless blubbering and fawning over the baby, we know that it’s just because she has so much love for the littlest member of our clan.
Last Christmas, Riley stopped in at my parents’ house for Christmas with her parents (my sister and her husband) and she was greeted like a queen. As the designated paparazzi, I took oodles of pictures and had planned to create a photo book to give to my mom for Mother’s Day. Of course, to make sure the book was a big surprise, I have not given her any of the Christmas pictures… so EVERY time I have seen my mom since Christmas, she has asked me about those pictures and I have muttered an excuse and promised to get them to her “soon”. When I went over for my birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago, as I was leaving, mom once again asked me about the pictures and once again I promised to get them to her soon.
After having a yummy home-cooked dinner with all my favorites, including my mom’s AWESOME pesto and pseudo-millefeuille dessert, I felt a little guilty about leaving her hanging until May… so I had the photobook made and gave it to her as an early Mother’s Day present today. When I gave it to her, she was over the moon (which for my mom manifests itself as tears and blubbering) and could not put it down. She kept grasping it to her chest and saying, “Oh. My. God” and “She is so precious”.
I know that everyone thinks their baby is the cutest baby in the world, but I have to say, my niece Riley really is UBER-adorable. See for yourself: