Today, Daniel’s office mates had a “Grandpa Shower” for him. We caught him entirely flatfooted.  He had no idea.  At all.  Woo-hoo!  We almost never surprise him, so this was really fun. 

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This is where we’ll go in.  I wonder if he suspects by now.

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He knew there was going to be “breakfast.” 
I had even made sausage gravy for this occasion.
He had dutifully carried it in when he came at 7:30.
He thought it was to celebrate Margaret’s birthday.
Ha!

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He was mighty surprised.  I had a difficult time sidetracking him. He called me at least three times this morning.  The first time, I was still at home, but sitting in the car in the driveway. After that, I was on my way to Dover when the phone rang.  It was Deborah.

“Mom, Dad called and wanted you and I didn’t know what to say.  I told him you were on the way to Dover.  He wanted to know why, but Linda’s bus was here, so I told him to call your cell phone.”

“Alright, Deborah.  I’ll just see if he calls.”  While I was talking to her, Mama beeped in, so I went to talk to her.  Then Christina’s phone rang.
 
“Mom, it’s Dad.  I don’t know what to say.  I’m just not going to answer it.”  

Before I was off the phone, Christina’s phone rang again.  It was Deborah.  She said that Daddy was trying to call us, and he was getting just a little bit aggravated.  So I called him.  Decided I would take the initiative and try to settle things down.

“Hey, Sweetheart.  Are you trying to call me???”

“Yes!!!!!  Where are you???”

“I’m with Christina and the baby.”

“Where are you going???”

“To Dover with Christina and the baby.”

“I thought you said that you were going to be home today.”

“No, I didn’t.  I said Christina was coming down and we were going to do some things.  We are on our way to Dover to pick up some stuff for the baby.”  (That was true!)

“Oh-h-h-h-h.  Well, I’m trying to fill out this paper.  Are we signed up for Vision coverage????”

And so I diverted him, and he really was none the wiser.  When we walked into the office, he was in his cubicle, working.

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He looked up to find us there, and he was more astounded than I have seen him for a very long while.

“What are you doing here?”  He said delightedly.  He had been wanting us to bring the baby up for them to see ever since she had been born.

“Well,” I said, “I hear tell that there is a “Grandpa Shower” here this morning.”  He couldn’t believe it, but it really was true.  I guess he just didn’t think they would do such a thing for him.  He is so silly!  Of course, they had to pass the baby around.  Not everyone was comfortable holding it, but there were some who were delighted for the chance!

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Lawson is a grandpa of three, but he actually has a son that is younger than one of his grandchildren.
He knew how to hold a baby!

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Daniel’s boss, Dana, is crazy about babies.  She has two little girls of her own.

Charis got a little fussy, so there was some “Mama time.”
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And then some more arms that wanted a snuggle.

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Bea got a turn

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Then Grandpa got to open some presents — little outfits,
Bottles, diapers, baby wipes, teething toys, etc.
Such a precious assortment of things for Grandpa to have at his house.
It was a really special idea.

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Before we left the office, Daniel’s boss took a picture of Grandpa and Grandma.
By now, Charis was sleeping, so we didn’t take her out to hold her for the picture.

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We made a quick stop over at the public health nurses’ office, and
Grandpa proudly showed him off to his friends there.

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Some of these friends join us for the Christmas open house, and they
have been praying for this baby, too.  Ekwe was delighted that she and Charis “matched.”

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And Lois almost didn’t get a chance to hold her, but she came by,
unstrapped her from her car seat and held her for just a few minutes.
Lois is a very special lady, and she is unusually good with the babies
that are in and out of public health.  Today I saw her with a teenage
mother who had a baby with a “rattle” in his breathing.  She asked a
few questions, listened, gave tender advice and reassured the very
young mama.  I was impressed with her gentleness, expertise and
ability to relate. 

It was a wonderful day.
  What special people we encountered today.

And now, it is off to bed.
Tomorrow is the great
POTATO SALAD MAKING EXTRAVAGANZA

I NEED A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP.

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  1. Awww, how sweet! Glad you could surprise him in such a special way!!

  2. A Grandpa Shower.  I never heard of that.  What fun!

  3. I loved hearing how Damiel got surprised!

  4. How very precious.  I love that you surprised him, I love that he WANTED to be surprised and to show off his sweet baby grand daughter!
    Potato salad, huh?  I wish I could send over my older kids to help you peel the potatoes!  LOL

  5. A Grandpa Shower! How neat! Way fun! So glad that you got to surprise him!

  6. What a great idea! I’m glad you surprised him! Blessings to you both as you enjoy being Grandparents! It is so much fun!

  7. I guess since I wasn’t invited to Grandpa Yutzy’s shower, I will just say another great big hardy Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! (I can do this on my computer. If I were there in person, I could only say it in a whisper. LOL)

  8. Very special indeed. I didn’t know you could be that devious… Glad you all could interrupt the machinations of Public Health departments with the simple beauty of a new baby!

  9. BEG, this was a wonderful post!  I loved every picture and enjoyed seeing the proud grandpa with the baby.  Such caring people he works with.  They must really love having him working with them.

  10. A Grandpa Shower and a surprised grandpa how special is that! Great  pictures, very nice to see everyone so happy. This baby is much loved and will thrive under the care of this loving family. I wish I could hold her!

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