Monday, December 15, 2008

Here's . . . Rylie!

Rylie is the darling granddaughter of my dear, dear friend, Kim. Two years ago last May, I got a call from Kim that Rylie's arrival was imminent, so I high-tailed it out to the hospital. I wanted to be there to celebrate with Kim, because I knew this was a red-letter day in her life, and I wanted to share it with her. I had no intention of going in the birthing room.

Rylie had already been born by the time I got there and both sets of grandparents were in the birthing room with Jackie and Jen, Rylie's parents. I figured I would just wait for Kim to come out a while later. At one point, the door was ajar, and Jen, Kim's sweet daughter-in-law, saw me and called out, "You can come in!" Wow! What a special time! I don't know that I've ever been in a happier room. One new baby, two beaming parents, and four beaming grandparents - and I got to share in all that joy. I got to hold Rylie even before her aunt and uncles arrived. I was smitten!

Now, I'm sure Rylie would have been special to me, anyway. She is a darling, captivating little girl, and she is the daughter of my dear friend. But, I think I bonded with her that day in the birthing room. She is extra-special to me. I always enjoy getting a chance to spend time with her.

A few weeks ago, Kim called and asked if I'd like to join her for lunch. As a bonus, she had Rylie! What do you think my answer was?! We met at the Marketplace. I took along Tim's fancy camera and made 48, yes that's 48, pictures of Rylie. She did not have to be encouraged to smile when I pointed the camera at her. Something tells me she's had lots of practice - LOL! She never seemed to tire of it either. In fact, she was a perfect angel during lunch and our subsequent shopping.
She was really into my lip gloss:)
This was probably about pose # 40, and she was still smiling!
At the risk of sounding like a proud grandparent, I will say that Rylie's social skills are advanced. I got to observe her in action. After we had lunch, we went to a couple of stores that had nice play areas for children. In both of them, there were older children. Riley was not one bit intimidated. She approached the other children, talked with them, and played with them. Now, as a former educator and a mother who raised a boy, I know that two-year-olds normally engage in parallel play, or play alongside, other children. I told Kim I thought Rylie was advanced, and she agreed with me - imagine that :)


Anonymous said...

Susan this is really special you did a great job and you are a very special friend.

Anonymous said...

Awwwww. That's my sweet little Rylie! Susan, those pictures are GREAT. Of course, you had beautiful subject matter!