10 tiny fingers and 10 tiny toes….

(Today’s Author is Carol from MWM Paignton)

Evening everyone, it’s Carol’s turn this week for our weekly blog. How has your week been? I like this little routine that Jenny and I have now, sharing some of the things that go on in our lives. We are so very fortunate to spend time each week with so many lovely families, and we often get to hear about those special events that happen in your lives, as well as sometimes things that might not be so good, and we always do our best to be a support to people when we can, sharing joys or being a listening ear when needed. We are all in this parenting thing together, even if some of us, like me, are just further down the road!

So, I wanted to share a big happy event that has taken place in our family this week – I’ve become a Great Auntie for the 2nd time! Baby Isabella was born 8 days ago, and is the most gorgeous little bundle, a baby sister for Ruby, who some of you know as she used to come to music at Marldon. Even though I see lots and lots of babies each week, of course I don’t usually see them just a few days old, so you really do forget just how tiny and delicate they are when they are just born.

Last Tuesday, I went to see 3-day old baby Isabella with my mum, who’s nearly 83, and who I bet never imagined she would get to be a Great Granny to two lovely little girls. It’s hard to imagine how different life is when a baby is born today, to 83 years ago when my mum was born. 1935 is a world away from 2018, but the miracle of a baby being born all shiny and new hasn’t changed and the joy that a new baby brings to a family is a feeling that can’t be put into words. Isabella’s mum, Zoe, looked so calm and contented and proud of her new little girl, far more relaxed than I ever was when my babies were 3 days old!

So, here’s a picture of my mum and baby Isabella, almost 83 years between them, and I wonder how life will have changed again when Isabella is 83? Which incidentally will be the year 2101….!

BabyIsabellaWill there be flying cars? Will holidaying in space to see the stars up close be a real thing? Will robots be able to think for themselves? (I hope not, that scares the life out of me!) And will they have sorted out the terrible plastics issue in the world right now? I sincerely hope they will have on that one.

I’ve never really thought too much into the future – maybe I am today as I am getting older and have more time to reflect on things, but definitely now I realise just how important every day is. And when you look at a new baby, with all your heart you just wish them a future full of health, happiness, and to grow up in a peaceful world with no wars, and no hate, where everyone is kind to all our fellow human beings no matter who they are or where they come from, and are also kind to the planet and its ecosystems that basically help to keep us alive. And those 10 tiny fingers and 10 tiny toes of baby Isabella, and those of your little ones too, may well belong to the new generation that eventually makes it happen. I hope so. x x

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