My new granddaughter arrived tonight. Just wait till her two-year-old brother finds out!

We got a pretty neat phone call this evening. My son said that he and his wife were on their way to the hospital. It was time for baby number two to make her appearance.

My daughter-in-law’s mom met them at the hospital and took Jude, their two-and-a-half year-old, to her home for the night. Fortunately, there’s lots of love to go around in a pinch.

After a blessedly short labor, little Kadence Alesandra came into the world at 10:05 p.m.

Tomorrow, Jude won’t know what hit him. I can imagine what will be going through his mind when he meets this wrinkled, helpless creature for the first time.

Dad: We have a surprise for you!

Jude: Surprise? You mean I get a fruit roll-up?

Mom: She’s your new baby sister!

Jude: Huh? Baby sticker? Owee!

Mom: Can you give her a kiss?

Jude: Okay, but don’t blame me if I accidentally poke her in the eye.

Dad: Look over here, Jude. I want to take your picture with the baby.

Jude. Enough of this. Put her down and play with me!

Mom:  I have to nurse the baby now. See, Kadence drinks Mommy’s milk.

Jude: She should try my juice. Here, have some of this!

Dad: No, no! She can’t have that yet! She’s a baby!

Jude: A baby?  Why does Mama have a baby?

Mom: I’m going to change her diaper. Do you want to help?

Jude: After that can we throw her in the trash?

Mom: Kadence is looking at you.  See?

Jude: Oh, gross! What’s that white stuff coming out of her mouth?

Dad: You need to be quiet now, she’s about to take a nap.

Jude: Nap?  I am not taking a nap. I’m going to make loud noises and bounce on the bed.

Grandma: SHHHH! Come here, now. Let’s go for a little walk.

Jude: This sounds like a raw deal. Nobody asked me if I wanted this weird Mommy-sucking blob. Maybe if we go away for a while she’ll be gone by the time we get back.

Mom:  I love you, Jude. You’re going to be such a good big brother.

Dad:  You can teach her how to play!

Jude: Can I play with her right now?

Me: And so it will take 21 days, or some odd number, before Jude gets used to the idea of having a new baby in the house. And then one day she will look at him and smile. He’ll smile back, and realize that someone else in this great big world loves him. FFG

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