The ultimate gift

There’s much that family and friends living with [new parents] or helping out can do to help make the transition an easier one.

By BATYA L. LUDMAN
June 28, 2018 12:20
UNPREDICTABLE AWAKENINGS, especially when frequent and at night, can make new parents feel psychotic

UNPREDICTABLE AWAKENINGS, especially when frequent and at night, can make new parents feel psychotic. (photo credit: TNS)

 
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Our children gave us the ultimate gift. When choosing the dates on which we would fly to be with them when their first child was to be born, they opted for the dates that gave us the maximum time together, 19 glorious days.

Coincidentally, we arrived in New York the day after our granddaughter did, and the day before she came home from the hospital – the same hospital where both her parents were born and where we, her grandparents, worked 32 years ago. At the time, among other things, I was teaching infant development in the medical school. How funny to come full circle and live in the “in vivo” laboratory of our family, and how special to watch how beautifully our kids parent. Not to be taken for granted in 2018.

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