Winston Ellis King has arrived....
Photo courtesy Erin Sandrick
7 lbs 9 oz, 18 1/2 inches long, born at 12:38 a.m. May 4, 2010 at St. Vincent's Infirmary, Little Rock, Arkansas. Son of Maburn E. and Leann King. Grandson of Steve and Belinda Winston, and Maburn and Peggy King, all of Sheridan, Arkansas.
How do you put into words the experience of becoming a grandparent for the first time? When you become a parent, the experience is so taxing and stressful, that in the end, you are floating and you are joyous and proud and very very tired. But..... when you hold your first grandchild in your arms for the first time, an indescribable feeling seems to build in your very being, until it explodes into something so monumental that words could never explain it. The results of that explosion are tears of unspeakable joy.
We waited a long time for this child. God's timing was perfect as always. He knew exactly when it was time for Win to join the family. Everything was in place. LeLe tried very hard to have him on her own. She was in labor for about 17 hours, when the doctor gave her the go ahead to push. After 2 hours of this, it was obvious Win was being held for ransome. He was finally freed by a swat team of one wielding a scalpel and all was well.
The family waited patiently in the wings, for each text message update from the parents to be. Every time my message indicator sounded, everyone stopped whatever they were doing. In certain situations, texting can be a very good thing.
I spent the day holding Little Man Win. And would have been no where else on earth for any reason. SR and I have discussed what kind of grandparents we want to be. What kind of experiences we want to share with him and what kind of memories we want to give him. The possibilities are endless.