Kidquips 8

July 27, 2012 | My Jottings

My new granddaughter Louisa has been a big hit with her three older siblings. They all ask, constantly, if it’s their turn to hold her yet. The other night at bedtime, ten year-old Mr. McBoy asked his parents if Louisa could pleeease sleep with him? Eight year-old Mrs. Nisky has learned to help Mama bathe Louisa, and has been rewarded with smiles from her new little sister. Lil’ Gleegirl, age five, also wants to hold Louisa all the time, and Sharon captured an adorable picture of the two of them snuggling together last week.

Right after Louisa was born I took the three older children to the hospital to meet her and to see their mama, and it was so beautiful to watch them be amazed with their little sister, and to see love take root in their hearts so quickly.

I am so happy when love takes root quickly, in any situation.

The children watched as Sharon changed Louisa’s diaper, and Lil’ Gleegirl saw the clamped umbilical cord and asked with wide eyes, “What is that?”

Of course Sharon perfectly explained how Louisa was fed inside of her by that umbilical cord, and that every person had an umbilical cord at one time, and the proof that we did is our belly buttons.

Lil’ Gleegirl was taking this all in; it was a lot of information to process for a five year-old. We told her that when she came home after she was born, she had an umbilical cord with a clamp on it too, and that in a few days it dried up and fell off. Even as I’m typing this I can certainly understand why this made an impression on Lil’ Gleegirl. The words dried up and fell off set the wheels turning in her mind, I’m sure.

We knew she was still thinking about this neonatal information when she kept mentioning it each day for several days after Louisa was born. Except that Lil’ Gleegirl wanted to make sure that Louisa’s embillican was okay.

She wasn’t sure when or how or why Louisa’s embillican was going to fall off and disappear, but maybe saying the word embillican several times a day just helped Lil’ Gleegirl, a verbal processor if I’ve ever seen one, wrap her mind around the idea.

I was telling a friend this morning that I don’t like it when children grow up and leave all their sweet, childish vocabulary behind. This is my way of keeping it around just a little bit longer. Chances are when Lil’ Gleegirl graduates from college she won’t be saying the word embillican anymore.

But guess what?

I will.


  1. Sharon says:

    Earlier today Mrs. Embillican was holding the baby and said very affectionately, “You’re such a pretty girl, aren’t you? You’re my little minion. Yes you are, you’re sister’s baby minion!”

    I don’t think she knows what minion means. But it’s something good in her mind.

  2. Just Julie says:

    How funny! She’s such a loving girl.

    I love Mrs. Embillican’s Minion very much. xxoo

  3. carole says:

    I love your writing, and I love you!!!
    Coming soon to a city near you(: Would next Saturday night work for you, till Tuesday a.m.? xxoo

  4. Just Julie says:

    We can’t wait! Hope you don’t mind sleeping in the closet. 🙂 xxoo

  5. Ember says:

    :0D Fab post!

    I can still actually hear, when I think about it, the day my first child, Rosie, met her sister Grace. Rosie had stayed over with her Grandma and Granddad while Grace was born in the hospital during the night. We came straight home late morning and (small house – our bed was downstairs in the living room at that time) I was sitting on the bed with a Moses basket tucked alongside by the window when Rosie, 20 months, was returned in the early afternoon. Happy to be home, bouncing around joyfully on the bed for a while, she suddenly stopped in her tracks, squeaking in amazement: “THERE’S A BABY IN THAT BASKET!!!”


    I love that photo of Louisa and Lil’ Gleegirl!

  6. Just Julie says:

    My daughters Sharon and Carolyn are 20 months apart too, Ember.

    I can just picture Rosie making this amazing discovery! Thank you…xxoo

  7. Shari C. says:

    Hi Julie! I so love your writings and photos of your grandchildren! What blessings they are… : ) That is such a beautiful picture Sharon took of her two little daughters! So glad all went well for Sharon and her new baby : ) Have a beautiful day, Julie! xoxo

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you so much, Shari. I hope your day is beautiful too. xxoo

  9. Helen in Switzerland says:

    So lovely! I’m so happy for you that you have such a delightful family!

  10. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Helen! I loved your finished quilt — so unique! xxoo

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