Well, it happened! Last night at about 11:55 Israel time, my baby daughter gave birth to a baby daughter. I was really happy that she and her husband allowed me to be with them at this most wonderful moment.
On the way to the hospital I had a flashback of having traveled the same route with her a little over 15 months ago- on her way to the hair and makeup lady who got her ready for her wedding. It was a moment that I remember as the beginning of a new chapter of her life. And yesterday, as we traveled the same road on our way to the hospital (with an interim stop to pick up her husband), I realized that once again we were setting off on a life changing experience. As the tears filled her eyes and mine, I looked at her and told her how I love the way she is able to feel her feelings.
And a few minutes later she had a very strong contraction and she felt the baby moving and once again she had tears in her eyes as she said, “baby, very soon we are going to meet.”
The labor and delivery were hard, but she came through it beautifully and the lovely little girl looks just perfect whether nestled in her mother’s, her father’s, or her savta’s arms.