Welcome Ellie Rose!

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By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST

It seems like yesterday when we learned that we’d be grandparents. Looking back on that chilly September day, I knew that life had changed forever. Some change is scary, as I’m sure this one was for my son Rob and his fiancé Jenna as they waited for their first child and our first grandchild. But for Joan and me, it wasn’t scary at all. It was our opportunity to be as supportive as possible without owning the front line responsibility of bearing and raising a child. This is going to be fun.

As you may have seen in last week’s letter to you, Ellie Rose Napolitano was born on 5/1. Two weeks later, everyone is doing great and Little Ellie is becoming more aware and awake as each day passes. Friends and family are lined up waiting for their chance to hold her and stare into her eyes. As you would expect, newborns sleep quite a bit… but when she does open those eyes and stay awake and alert for a brief while, it is as thrilling as a Pope sighting.

Perhaps the scariest part for me was wondering how are these two young parents were going to deal with the lack of sleep, the feedings on demand and the piles of laundry that accumulate because of their 7 pound bundle of joy. On the one hand, I want to say that I’m surprised how well they have acclimated to becoming parents. But on the other hand, they aren’t the first ones to become new parents, and they already look like old pros. Even more important, they are thrilled with both Ellie Rose and the responsibilities of early parenthood.

This experience has helped to remind me of how different life was 32 years ago when Rob was born.  I recall being able to hold a newborn with one arm and hand, kind of like a football running back, cruising through the house with ease. It is fun to see him confidently doing the same with Ellie.

According to the internet (how did we survive without that), she can’t see too clearly yet and is trying to see shapes, gauge distance and training those eyes to work as a team. It isn’t until the 6th month where their vision is very clear.

But voices are another thing.  She clearly recognizes the voice of her Mom and Dad and I’m sure that the grandmothers will be right behind that.

I guess the next step for us is to load up our house with all the baby stuff that is needed for extended visits. Thanks to my cousin Kim, we already have a bunch of cool stuff. But in today’s modern world, we may as well double down on everything from the car seat holder to the baby wipe warmer.

Congratulations to Jenna and Rob, and Happy Birthday Ellie.