Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year...New Life...New Decade...New Beginnings...

WHEW...that's a lot of new!! I have been MIA...for a very long sorry. It's hard to start back up once you have gotten so FAR behind...but b/c my dear friend Miss Kat...who was my very first blog buddy ( I do not know how we found each other...but I am thankful we did) has sent me a personal email to tell me she missed for Kat and the few others out there that actually read my ramblings...I am BACK...not sure if I will post every day or even every week...but I'm going to do my best.

As most of you know that have read my blog...I LOVE children and have wanted a grand-baby since my first child was! Well, we are expecting our first grand-baby...a BOY in just a matter of days...He is due Jan. 22...but I think (probably a little wishful) he will be here next week. There is suppose to be a new moon next Friday...I'm taking bets that's when he arrives...our daughter just wants him to come very soon! Things are moving along very well for our daughter and son-in-law...Jackie is progressing and "things" are I am happy to say I don't think it will be long now, however, most of you know...there is no rushing a baby, especially the first.

THIS is the rocking chair that my daughter, son-in-law and hopefully very soon LOLLIE (me) will rock that sweet baby boy. It is the rocking chair that my sweet hubby bought me when I was pregnant with our first child...Jackie. It is called a "Mother's Rocker"...I mean seriously...can it get any better? My husband's very dear great aunt was close friends with a lady who collected exquisite antiques...she had this chair from the early years of her marriage. I think it was about 60 or more years old when we purchased it, so I'm guessing it's around 100 years old or so. She never had children of her own...but loved this chair beyond words. It came to the point in her life that she thought she may want to change things up a bit and replace this chair with a "recliner" (I think she thought it would be more supportive) she bought the recliner, but was unsure that she could part with the rocker. Lovin' hubbin's aunt told her about us and that we were wanting to have a child and we were starting to collect a few antiques. She said in that case she would "interview" us and consider selling it to us. We met w/her, chatted, sat in the chair (I instantly bonded w/the chair) and expressed our desire to own it. She said she would think about it, but was still unclear as to what chair to keep. She had both chairs sitting side by side in her tiny house in the parlor where she watched a little TV. She promised to let us know when she decided to sell or not b/c she did have to part with one, she concluded there was not enough room to house them both long term. A YEAR passed...and no word from this lovely little lady. I had given up hope on ever getting the chair, I just assumed she had decided to keep it and I couldn't blame was that beautiful! I just figured the chair was not meant to be mine...well almost a year later to the day that we had first spoken to her, she calls us up and tells us she had decided to part with the chair, if we were still interested! WERE we still interested...HECK YA!...but she said, even though it's been a year...she was still going to need to ask $50.00 for it...we couldn't get to her house fast enough!! Partly b/c we were thrilled she remembered how badly we wanted it and remember I had already "bonded with this chair (hard to explain...but I think a lot of you know what I mean)...but the REAL reason we were excited was because we had had just learned we were pregnant with our first child! Gives me goose bumps.

After Jackie told us she was pregnant...I made the decision she MUST have this chair to rock her baby to sleep ( I knew she had an affection for it as well)...Jackie was a huge fan of being rocked (honestly, we spent many hours rocking her in this chair, so I know when she sits in it for the first time w/her baby's going to feel like "coming home" )...I'm praying this chair brings her and BABY BOY as much joy and comfort as it gave me...her daddy...her grandparents...uncles and aunts...when we were able to rock our babies and all the other babies in our family in this chair!! I had Jackie pick out a new fabric (she did an exceptional job) b/c the original fabric had worn quite a bit over the years and the springs, the padding and cushion were a little worse for the wear. I was able to find a great upholsterer here in Sacramento...and as of yesterday...this sweet memory, this awesome heading to Colorado...hopefully, just in time to make new memories...with the new little man in our lives...awwww NEW BEGINNINGS...gotta love em!

TIME WORN LOVE....the chair is in it's original condition...we just changed the fabric and spruced up the insides of the chair so it would be comfy for those moments of rocking, reading, watching the snow fall, cuddling and making memories. I have a picture somewhere (most likely packed away until after the re-model) of our daughter rocking in this chair standing up (she was about 15 months old) was in her room as a young girl and she WAS ALWAYS the adventurous type. I will try to find it one day, soon and post it!! Just before I sent it off to be packed and shipped...I sat in it for about 30 minutes..rocking and still has that little "crick" in it every time you rock back...I call it baby soothing music! It was funny how it felt exactly the same as it had 31 years ago when I sat in it for the first time. It made my butt, my back, and my heart very fact even though I have changed and the materials on this chair were different...the sweet memories of this chair came flooding back...and YES a few tears of joy were shed!! I know our daughter is VERY excited to have it and it gives me the greatest JOY to be able to pass it on to her! OH and don't worry...if our son and DIL have a baby any time soon...we have another rocker for was my husbands grandfathers...and it was in our sons room for years!!

Now here are a few pictures of the mama to be....some from the beginning and a few from her own maternity shoot...YES, she instructed hubby on how to take the pictures she wanted...and she used her trusty tri-pod for some as well. I love them all...she and her sweet hubby did a great job.

We can't WAIT....
In the beginning at about 8 to 10 weeks...

18 weeks...

28 weeks

38 weeks...

Proud papa to be....

I'll keep you all posted....until then...Happy New Year to all my blogging buddies and I promise to try and do a better job posting this on to the business at hand...waiting for the arrival of our grandson...and the remodel of our home in Sacramento!


Nancy said...

I was one that missed you :) and love the idea of the rocker! Our Jenny was rocked, as were all three of hers :) We have a total of five grandbabies now and love this special club!! Congrats!!

Tonja said...

Teresa, this is the sweetest post! I am in love with that chair now! You gave it such a write up! There are just some pieces of furniture that are so filled with memories, it's like they just seep into the wood and live there. How sweet of you to share this chair with your daughter. It will just get filled with more sweet memories each time she rocks in it!

Pictures are great! She is beautiful! Love the pic with the blocks!

Let us know when the blessed event happens! Till then, will be praying for safety for all concerned! God bless you all

Lavender Chick said...

Yea!!!!!! You're back! What a wonderful post to come back to! Love, love the rocker and its story. What a treasure... I can only imagine how happy Jackie is to be getting it. Oh the stories that rocker could tell.....

I can't wait to see pictures of the baby and also SO HAPPY that you are finally going to get to be the Lollie!

I know you're going to be really busy with your new Lollie role, not to mention getting that beautiful house in Sacramento all in order, just don't forget that you have PROMISED to blog more often... SO DON'T FORGET TO POST PICURES SOON!!!

Glad you're back!

A Cottage Industry said...

Congrats on the new grand baby! Oh, the fun you will have, being a Lollie. (I know it's the highlight of MY life...)


Susie Q said...

I am just so excited for all of you! This baby is so blessed to be entering a family so full of love and devotion to one another.
And heck, you are one good looking family to boot so we KNOW this baby will be gorgeous!!


jmac said...

Hi! Just found your blog from the Cottage Industry...and caught my eye because I'm going to become a first time grandmother in days too!
Her due date is also the 22 but we're hoping sooner too. I'm getting a girl which is a miracle since I raised three sons with nary a ribbon or pink ruffle in sight! I am excited beyond belief!! Good Luck to you and bebe boy!
HA...I'm talking like this baby will belong to me......oh well, I can try!

Kat said...

Well, Miss T, am I glad you're back!!!!

And what a great first post too. I love the "history" of your absolutely gorgeous rocker. What a beautiful gift for your sweet grandson to be rocked in the very rocker that his Mom was rocked in! It gives me sweet chills to think about it.

And the photos...oh my word! They take my breath away. She has always been beautiful, but her pregnancy really makes her GLOW!

I'm so excited for you!

Welcome back! I'm looking forward to seeing post of your new home and your grandson.

Much love and hugs!

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