Miss Annie Kay joined our family already more than a month ago! Oh! We are enjoying her, and marveling that we now have FOUR grandgirls!
Unlike her cousin, Annie’s gender was unknown until she arrived so there was a lot of guessing and claims of intuitive knowledge as the due date approached.
In the end, it was Kit who had guessed correctly (and I think her mom & dad had agreed with her…) Jon and Cait had been talking about the baby that was coming, but Kit didn’t really register any interest. We thought it was all going over her head. Then one day when Caitlin had bought donuts for the next day’s breakfast treat, Kit was running around the house saying, “Donuts! Donuts! Donuts!” Jon arrived home at that time, and Cait prompted Kit to tell Daddy what she was excited about. When Daddy said, “What do you want, Kit?” She replied, “A baby sister.” Jon and Cait were shocked! She had not said a word about the baby though they had been prompting, especially after Baby Allie arrived. Then just when you think she’s going to talk about donuts, she, matter of factly, says she wants a sister.
When we were at the “any day now” stage of Cait’s pregnancy, Jess called to say he was coming up to visit. I texted back that I would tell Caitlin that she should have the baby the next day since he was going to be here. His reply was that it would be most convenient for his schedule and to please let her know. Ha!
We planned a pizza night for our family on the day Jess arrived, and when Cait came she said she was having contractions…but they had been coming and going for several days so she wasn’t concerned. However, as the evening went on she kept getting quieter and more distracted, and finally confessed that they seemed to be getting more serious. After a consult with the doctor, they were on the road to the hospital. Kit was going to stay with us, and Jess was quite pleased with their thoughtful consideration of his schedule!
Miss Annie Kay arrived the next morning, April 11, 8lbs. 20” long, and a near carbon copy of her big sister! Her middle name is for Jon’s mom, Kay, who, sadly, passed away only a month earlier. She had suffered from Alzheimers. So special for Annie to carry on her memory! Annie also has a great-grandma named Kay – that also adds to the special qualities of her name!
Great Grandma Kay
Great Grandpa Ivan
Ironically, Kit had moved into the more assertive stage of being a two-year-old in the weeks before Annie was born, so she was pretty vocal in her objection to the changes a baby sister brought to her life. She was pretty sure she did NOT want a baby sister anymore – but of course, that has passed. She now says to her sis, “Don’t worry Baby Annie. We will take care of you.”
Annie Kay is getting along in this world, getting more settled day by day, and looking more and more like her big sister did…lots of reddish hair, features so similar. In fact, Jon and Cait quiz each other comparing Kit baby pictures to Annie baby pictures, and even they don’t guess correctly every time!
It’s pretty fun to have the two year old version, and another newborn version to watch grow up into carbon copies. We can’t wait to see what personality is in that little heart and mind that will set her apart from her sister.
Our 2019 baby girls, Allie and Annie.
The whole gaggle of grandgirls! Emma, Allie, Annie & Kit.
We are loving this stage of life!