Monday, February 18, 2013

News from the north

After a discussion with one of my daughters, my wife and I made a sudden change of plans. My youngest daughter is expecting a baby soon and her husband won't be back in the US until May. She feels that the baby could come any time. Family is family, so we are heading back early to be there when she needs us.

Before traveling south, my lovely wife and I had shortened our normal winter trip to be back in time. Since then the date has been moved up. My daughter doesn't think the doctor move it up enough.

When my second daughter was born, neither my wife's parents or my parents were around. We had friends step into the breech, but our parents were missed. Getting a phone call while out sailing was something we didn't want to chance. Having a baby is tough enough. Doing it alone is even harder.

The family has already been informed that we'll be heading south earlier and coming back later. This year the trip was shortened, but we expect to travel at least 6 months starting in the fall. I don't expect any sympathy from my friends who could not get away for a month and a half like we did.

Dad and I got to do a lot of things together. It was good to see him. His landscaping is now in much better shape thanks to my lovely wife. We put a new floor in his kitchen and did other needed repairs. The place is looking pretty good.

With any luck, we'll be home in a few days.



  1. You won't regret your decision. There's always next year to sail, and if not, it won't matter. Have a safe trip.

  2. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)February 18, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    How wonderful for all of you! And nothing, nothing is like holding your grandchild for the very first time!

  3. Congrates on the new grandchild hope everything goes smooth.I hope you know that babys like to come in bad weather.

  4. Bummer to have to cut your trip short, but a new grandbebbeh is something I wouldn't want to miss either!

  5. A new grandchild is far more important in my opinion than a trip which can be done at a later date..One only gets to see the birth of a new grandchild and I am sure your daughter can use the assistance, Enjoy and Congrats, babies come no matter what and usually not at the date the doctors say the baby will!!!!!!!!!

  6. Have a safe trip and I agree with the above comments that you are doing the right thing.

  7. You made the right decision, Grandpa! I don't think you'll regret it!

    Have a safe trip!

  8. I think you're just avoiding coming down our way. Really, we do take regular baths lol

    Drive safe, them roads ur gonna be slick.

  9. Congratulations Grandparents.
    Drive safe and dress warm when ya get there!

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  11. Good to read ya a bit bro....passed thru and laid some of yer links inta my FBook......hope its okay. Sue and I made gmaw & gpaw Nov 1st...lovely baby girl to our son in Kelowna.