“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
Aaron and I were eating lunch out when I received this sonogram picture from our daughter, Andrea. I showed it to Aaron right away, a huge smile on my face. He stared at it for a few seconds.
“What is it?” he finally asked.
“This is your niece or nephew,” I told him.
Aaron stared at the picture again.
“It’s too small!” he said.
I just smiled, still in awe over this amazing view of the miracle taking place in Andrea’s womb. I have, like you, seen hundreds of these sonogram shots but this one took my breath away. Isn’t it just amazing that when the baby is yours, as in this is MY grandchild, then the picture takes on a whole new depth and meaning?
It’s another miracle of God, this love that He puts in our hearts for our own flesh and blood.
There in the restaurant as we crunched on chips and salsa, I pointed out to Aaron the baby’s head and torso and the beginnings of his little body.
Several days later in the grocery store, Aaron and I saw a friend. Aaron quickly launched right into what was still fresh on his mind.
“I saw the stomach picture of my sister and I didn’t know what it was!” he excitedly said.
I saw the look of confusion on our friend’s face, so I quickly explained about the stomach picture!
Aaron rarely gets family relationships correct. Not too long ago, before we knew that Andrea was pregnant, he had an observation.
“I wish Andrea was pregnant. Then we could all be Granddads.” 😊
But now Aaron knows a few things. For awhile this is what he would say to anyone who was fortunate enough to be near him or to anyone that I stopped to chat with.
“My sister is having a baby and I’m the UNCLE and we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl because it’s too little!!”
But now…NOW…we know that Andrea and Kyle are having a baby BOY!!
Aaron’s rote phrase has changed.
“My sister is having a baby and I’m the UNCLE and it’s a boy and he’s the NEPHEW!!”
Then Aaron often adds that he is scared to be The Uncle and that he’s not sure he wants a baby boy. We assure him that all he needs to do as The Uncle is to play with and love his nephew.
Time to insert the first Baby Bump picture! Andrea asked Kyle if she looked pregnant or if she looked like she had just eaten too many donuts. 😊
Aaron has obsessed about changing the baby’s diaper. The nurse at his day group actually brought a baby doll in and taught Aaron how to change a diaper. Aaron tells us all that he passed the diaper test! Now we tease him about being the main diaper changer, so maybe this is why he’s scared to be The Uncle. 😊
But really, we have all been very surprised and touched by how excited Aaron is about this new baby business. A recent example happened just a few days ago. The background is that Andrea has been very sick with this pregnancy, having a hard time finding food that will stay down. One weekend she felt like biscuits would taste good. She and Kyle bought a can and of the eight biscuits, she ate seven!
Kyle didn’t waste any time in buying more biscuits…many more biscuits! He stacked them on their counter, and we laughed and laughed when we got this picture.
As Aaron and I were picking up a few groceries the other day, he suddenly started briskly walking toward the biscuits in the cooler.
“Mom!!” he declared, “I want to buy some biscuits to send to Andrea!”
It was the sweetest thing for him to want to do that. I explained that we can’t mail biscuits but that we would buy her some on our next visit.
Aaron continually infuses our lives with his own very special way of life and his own unique view of our world.
We often stand beside him either smiling or laughing or explaining to others or doing damage control from the things he says.
But all this wonderful baby business and Aaron’s way of dealing with such a huge life change for us has, as always, offered another view into the complex and compelling world as Aaron sees it.
Baby Boy is growing!
And so are we, with Aaron coming along as always.