1/1/2010: Orlando, FL, birth of Eva Naledi Mackie
This is a different kind of posting to my usual—part travel and part personal journey—but seems fitting as the first post for a new year, as we were blessed with the most wonderful New Year’s gift: our first baby grand-daughter (we already have an amazing 14-year-old grandson from our daughter).
Rod and I are in Oviedo, Florida—that’s the travel part. We flew down here to celebrate a late Christmas with son Kevin and daughter-in-law Joanna, and to be here to help them with the birth of their first baby—that’s the personal journey part.
We were very honored and privileged to be part of the long, hard labor process, which ended with a C-section, and then to be present for the recovery time and be able to help at home after the home-coming. We witnessed two sunrises at the hospital before Eva arrived, so everyone (especially the new mommy) had serious sleep deprivation, even before getting back to the house 3 days later.
Anyway, we’re all working through the new routine and it’s great to find that this Grammie can still get up and do night shifts!
The new baby’s names are significant too: Eva means “Life”, and “Naledi” is a Sotho name from South Africa that means “Bright Star”. Kev and Joanna’s baby is certainly both, and this new little life is a bright star for all of us for the New Year.