A Star Danced and My Granddaughter Was Born!

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

A star danced,

And under that

was I born.

~ William Shakespeare

Before Jonathan left for France, I gave him the exciting news that my daughter Sara was expecting her first child in late July. I told him that I might not be able to post much as a guest blogger at the end of July and in early August while he was away on his trip with his family. Jonathan told me he wanted to see some pictures of the momentous event on the blog.

Well, Julia Anna, my first grandchild, was born this morning at 1:22 am. She weighed in at 7lbs. 11 oz. I was so happy that my daughter Sara wanted me there with her when she had her first child. It was a truly amazing experience for me to see Julia being born…to be there to help and to give words of encouragement…to share this very special moment with my only child. I’m floating on cloud nine at the moment. But I’m also exhausted. I didn’t arrive home until three this morning.

Here are some of the pictures I’d like to share with you:


Here I am with my daughter Sara on Mother’s Day:

Next May, we’ll be celebrating her motherhood too!


31 thoughts on “A Star Danced and My Granddaughter Was Born!”

  1. All three are very beautiful….wonderful for you…cherish the dream…

  2. Congrats Elaine but your daughter should have had a boy instead, that way all she would have had to worry about was that boy.

    Now that she has a girl she will have to worry about all of them 🙂

  3. Elaine,

    My grandparents used to sing that song to me all the time when I was little, so even though it’s a sad song, it has happy memories attached to it.

  4. Elaine,

    Congratulations to you all! May the days ahead be filled with the joy baby Julia brings to the world and may all be healthy, happy and together for many days! And in honor of your family’s new ray of sunshine (and upcoming tide of diapers), I present you with The Soggy Bottom Boys . . .

  5. What a lovely, determined looking little girl child. Congratulations to you, Sarah, the proud daddy, all the proud grands and ‘specially to Julia Anna!

  6. Elaine congratulations! She is beautiful, lungs and all!
    I am looking forward to the new poems and verse she inspires!

  7. Elaine,

    What rafflaw says is true … it is more expensive but it is also pure, uninterrupted fun.

    As a child my bothers and I said this prayer every night: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, God bless Mommy, god Bless Daddy, God bless (names of siblings), God bless Grandma, God bless Grandpa, God bless Grandma’s pocketbook (she always had pieces of hard candy in her purse) …

    At my mother’s memorial service my daughter summed up her portion of the eulogy with these words … Grandma loved us and we knew it … her cookie jar was always full.

    A couple years ago my granddaughter spoke about me to a news reporter, “No matter where we are, no matter what we’re doing, the minute my grandma sees me, she smiles.”

    Welcome Julia Anna … grandma is going to love you to pieces.

  8. Elaine, I was teasing of course. My mother-in-law kept the boys when they were little and my wife worked. Those memories were among the fondest they had of their childhood. Some of my son’s most treasured possessions are the black and white pictures I took of him with his grandmother as a toddler. You are building memories for the future that cannot be bought for any price.

    They once sent me to the store to get a coat. I came back with two faux fur coats because I could not decide between the white or the brown coat. You will have to keep an eye on the menfolk’s spending where she is concerned. I must confess I am still guilty, even though my granddaughter is now 19 years old.

  9. And there was much rejoicing!


    I’m sure you will cherish watching your granddaughter grow into the impressive woman that both nurture and nature suggest she will be (if you are any indication…). Congratulations!

  10. Otteray,

    I’m going to be the “Nanny Granny” three days a week when my daughter returns to work. There will be some days when I won’t be sending Julia home because I’ll be at her home with her.

  11. rafflaw,

    Julia has some lungs–and she came out fighting. She was very active in utero too.

    Now I’ve become a member of the Happy Grandparents Society like you.

  12. Congratulations all around. Little girls are a special kind of joy. And Raff is right, they tend to be expensive. The best part of grandchildren is, when they get on your last nerve, you can send them home. My grandmother always said, “I love to see you coming; I love to see you going.” 😀

  13. Elaine,
    I forgot to mention that Julia Anna has some lungs on her!! Tell her parents to get some sleep now while they can!

  14. Elaine,
    That is the best news I have seen in awhile! What a beautiful baby! Congrats Grandma!! I will warn you that being a Grandparent is more expensive than being a parent! 🙂

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