Lila, My New Grandchild

Good Morning or Afternoon or Evening!

Well, I am away from home at the moment, visiting my daughter and my first grandchild, Lila Madison.  To say it was love at first sight would be an extremely lame description of my first moments with my new granddauther.

Lila was born early in November to my daughter, who lives in New York.  Since we live in southern California, it took a bit for us to get to New York.  We arrived there (we drove it straight through) on November 19th and found mom and baby doing well.  Here is a picture of the 10 day old beauty and myself.

Here’s another picture of grandma and the new addition to the family.  Maybe I’m a little prejudiced, but she is truly a gorgeous newborn.  She was a little small at birth, even though she was born full term.  She has gorgeous black hair — dark eyes — although these things often change.  And I think she already has me wrapped around her tiniest little finger.

Here’s grandpa and the beautiful new beauty smiling up at him.  And off to the left is another picture of the couple (grandpa and the new addition). 

I think it was again love at first sight.  My husband wasn’t able to stay long, but I remain here in New York, hoping to help in any way that I can — I do remember very well what it’s like to come home from the hospital, not really fully recovered — hardly able to walk — and to walk into taking care of two young children all at once.  I could’ve used a helping hand (my own mother died before I had my children), and when my daughter delivered Lila, I was determined to be that helping hand for her.  Hopefully I really live up to being a helping hand and not a problem.

Here’s a picture of the proud papa.  And another picture of proud mom and Lila.  Am also thrilled that both my daughter and her husband welcomed me into their home.  Not always easy to have a mother-in-law come to stay with you.

Hopefully I will be of service and not a hindrance.

Here’s another picture of grandma and grandchild — getting to know each other.

Well, that’s all for today.  As I said I’m out of town.  Of course, I realize that this isn’t my usual kind of post, but I thought I would share a little bit of heaven with you.

If you have a moment, please come on in and leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!

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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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37 thoughts on “Lila, My New Grandchild”

  1. There is nothing like the bonding of a grandma and grandchild. I can’t tell you how my own sweet little jellybean has grown so close to my heart. Its somehow sweeter because you’ve worked out the kinks in having a tiny one. What you are doing is going to so make a difference for mom, child, and yourself. Its special and that bond will always be there. I helped with the birth and even baby sat so daughter could return to work when he was 3 years old. Now, in day school, I miss the long conversations about why do butterflies move like they are dancing or how come clouds move so soft against the sky. Know too that they grow so before you can even blink. Enjoy, she truly is a little doll. Congratulations to all!

  2. Hi, Kay! Congratulations to your family on the birth of “Lovely Lila” : ) The joy at her arrival is apparent in your photos! I wish you all the happiest of holidays!

  3. Congratulations kay! I just recently had my 7th grandchild born on my birthday on Nov.12th,an it only gets better as they come,I so enjoy mine an spoil them rotten an send them home,lol,hey thats what Grandmas do,I love all the little hugs an kisses I get from them,your Grandchild is beautiful as are mine,I love being a Grandma!

  4. Congratulations Kay! Lila is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your good news. I know you will be a wonderful grandma. Lila is a lucky girl to have you. 🙂

  5. What a beauty! Congrats on becoming a grandma. It is the best!

    Our second grandchild and the first granddaughter was born October 29th. What a Thanksgiving it will be!

    I have not been able to contain myself on buying cute little clothes and headbands. How are you looking forward to spoiling your grandbaby?

    Peace and Happy Thanksgiving, Julie

  6. Good morning, Nan!

    Sounds like you have a magical relationship with your little ones. At times like this I do wish that I lived closer. An entire continent is a little too much distance, I think.

    But like you, I certainly would like to be closer so I could be a real person in her life.

  7. Good morning, Vickie!

    It sounds like you have a terrific relationship your grandchildren.

    I hope that mine will be similar. Living so far away, gives me a little disadvantage. But hopefully she will grow up knowning both me and my husband.

  8. Good Morning Julie!

    I think buying cute clothes will be great. Right now, I’m just trying to help take off some of the pressure of being a new mom and also not quite being recovered completely from birth.

    This little girl is quite a beauty. Since this is my first grandchild, I’m not sure how how spoil her — but I’m sure I’ll learn quickly. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  9. Congratulations, Grandma 🙂 She looks lovely and I love the name. I am sure you are going to be a great comfort for your daughter. My oldest has been married 2 years so I’m hoping for my first grandchild in a few years. My sister’s daughter already has 7!!!

  10. Congrats, Granny Karen! What a beautiful child and everyone is so happy. There’s just something special about grandchildren … and particularly your first. There’s an extraordinary bond. Every grandchild is special in their own way, but only one can be the first. I was in the delivery room when Emma (nearly 16 years ago) was born. When she was delivered her face was turned in my direction so we have a little special thing we say between us. I’ll ask Emma, “Who was the first person you saw when you were born?” And, she always replies, “You Granny, and I cried.” We’ve done that for years. Even now as a teenager, we both laugh about it, but we still do it. Enjoy every moment with your precious granddaughter (what a great name) and your daughter and son-in-law. Give a big hug to Grandpa, too! He deserves it, because sometimes the Grandpa (PawPa to our kids) gets lost in all the excitement. Love, P

  11. Congratulations to you and your family, Karen. Lila is a sweetheart. I am certain you being there is appreciated. I lost my mother before I got married, so didn’t have her when the grandbabies came along. I did have my wonderful mother-in-law who came and stayed for a week or so each time. It was such a big help and much appreciated. I am sure your daughter is thrilled to have you there.

    Our oldest daughter just announced they are expecting their first child next June. Luckily they only live about an hour away and his mother lives a bit closer (not always and advantage). Her husband is an only child and I know they are already concerned about having more “help” than they need. I’ll be available for what she needs and wants in the way of help.

    Hope I do better than did with our grandson. Our son-in-law was in boot camp, so I went with our daughter when she delivered. Her in-laws came down the next day to stay with her at our house. I had won an all expense paid trip to Puerto Rico and had to leave two days after he was born. We all thought the in-laws were staying the week we were gone, but they left 2 days later. So my daughter was left with a newborn and a 14 year old brother to take care of. He needed to be taken to school each day which was a 15 mile drive each way. The trip was really spoiled for us, I felt so guilty. We found a message on our phone at the resort the second day, her sobbing she didn’t know what to do, etc. When I finally got in touch with her, she was fine, her friend had come over and helped her out. She survived, but I should have been there.

    I am so glad you are having this time with them. It will be great to have you there for at least part of the Holiday Season. The older children will appreciate it. You will have time with them and they won’t feel so left out. They are all lucky to have you there with them.

    Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. Take care of yourself and give little Lila and the others a hug.

  12. Kay, congratulations!! I’m so happy for you. Lila is truly a beautiful baby. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. You have more than one reason to offer thanks.

  13. Congrats on the new addition to your family! Lila is a beautiful name… thanks for sharing your pics with us, they are wonderful!

  14. wow–she is beautiful!!
    you look perfect holding her

    i LOVE the name lila!!!
    my daughter called my second child lila when she was in my belly…i wanted to use it so badly but the husband was not on board


    and thank you for sharing


  15. What a sweet little doll. I’ve got one grandbaby. I need to get my hands on her.

    Grandchildren are the most fun invention EVER. Your only goal in life is to be the FAVORITE GRANDMA.

    Thanks for the pictures.

  16. Wow, Pat, it almost sounds like my experience when I had my second child. I had a two year old to take care of too, still recovering from giving birth — my ex was working most of the day through — and there I was alone…

    It’s why I’m here. I think this is why Native Americans (and Native populations in general) are matriorical (can’t spell it). Nourishing the next generation is so very important. 🙂

  17. What a great Thanksgiving Present. She is a cutie pie. It is hard to remember my first Grand child. It was a bit ago. I am awaiting my 5th Great Grand child. This one is due next month! It is wonderful that you be with your daughter. This is a hard time for her. She will appreciate it.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Grandma! Best wishes to your daughter and son in law. And LILA!

  18. What a little doll – and such a gorgeous grandma. The photos bring back memories. I have a picture of me holding my first grandchild (had to wait a long time for him), with this insanely happy grin on my face. They grow up so fast, he’s just turning 16, still cute. Enjoy the tiny one while she’s tiny.

  19. What a precious little doll! I’m wishing you lots of time with her to make wonderful memories together in the coming years. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  20. Hi Elizabeth!

    I think I must have a cilly grin on my face, too. Absolutely love it! And yes, this is the time when my daughter does need me — I really do want to be here for her. 🙂

  21. Karen,

    Sweet, sweet baby girl! Congratulations to Mom
    and Dad! Congratulations to all the family! Enjoy
    your time with Lila! She and Mom will be all the
    better for this time with you!

    Pat Cochran

  22. Kay,
    Congratulations! What a darling baby girl. Her eyes are bright and “taking it all in”–I love to see the wonderment in the eyes of a child. So glad to know that everyone is doing well and that you were able to go and help your daughter. I’m looking forward to that day, one of these days!


  23. Hi Cheryl!

    Yes, she is very aware and very alert. She looks you right in the eye and you know she’s really looking.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving, Cheryl. By the way, I came through Oklahoma again, but we were driving it straight through and it was the middle of the night. Sometime when I go through there, I’m going to let you know so we can enjoy some coffee today — same with Phyliss, also. Came straight through Amarillo, also — very late at night. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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