Saturday, November 29, 2008

We are a grandmother, again

All of 15 months ago I wrote that I was quoting the Blessed Margaret for the first and last time, but here we go again. We are, for the second time, a grandmother. Neil and Mary's baby boy, Alan John McIntosh, was born about 24 hours ago in London, and he's a big boy, in the fine tradition of his father's generation of McIntosh babies.

Right now, I'm at the stage of feeling as if I'd given birth myself (no: that's hyperbole - but allow me a bit of overstatement, won't you). After Neil's call at nearly midnight (I was catching up on blog stats at the time) we wet Alan's head with a fine malt and headed, burbling, bedwards. At 3am I was up checking Flickr for the first photo (yes - it was there) and at 7am I was making bread after 4 hours of exhaustingly dream-filled sleep. This business of new life arriving really digs into the psyche, especially when the new life is 25% your own genes.

And the amazing thing for me is that yesterday, with no knowledge of the ongoing labour (some people keep their cards very close to their chests!) I wrote a poem called Mary's baby. Ok, there are seasonal impulses at play here - but I think it's quite a coincidence. At the moment, the poem is maturing and there are no photos for public consumption - but watch this space.

And Alan has his own Twitter account already!

7 comments:

  1. When you told me the good news, after I had fortuitously sent my recent rant, I found myself hoping that the new mother was called Mary (I honestly didn't know - or didn't remember, at my age) so that we could all dig out our old Harry Belafonte records! All the best to Mary's Boy Child!

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  2. Oh how delightful! A warm and heartfelt congratulations, Chris! A new little boy...that is exciting! (a girl would have been just as exciting!!!)

    Sending warm wishes across the pond to the New Little One and the entire family!

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  3. Oh congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations Chris! What a lovely early Christmas present.
    Best wishes to you all xxx

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  5. Normally, I disapprove of Maggie quoters - but I'll let this go! Many congrats to all concerned!

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  6. All my love and congratulations to you and all the family, Christine. XX

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  7. Thank you, all you lovely people out there: Alan and his mum got home this evening, so we have heard him crying!

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