Oh my gosh, what a hectic morning! It was crazy and if it could go wrong, it did! I ended up getting on the freeway 45 minutes later than planned due to several random "incidents". At one point, I was in tears! Doug called as I was driving and talked me "down", so that I could relax and start celebrating the moment! I, literally, pulled into the airport parking lot, as Liza called to say she was at the baggage carousel. PERFECT! We were expecting snow
Aylabelle saw me and just grinned and squealed and cooed and gooed and I just teared up with joy! I think she really recognized us from skyping and she definitely knows my voice. Oh my gosh, this baby is adorable! Just sayin. ;) She was an angel the entire drive home while Liza and I gabbed and gabbed, like we hadn't talked for months. Imagine that!
We met Denise for a quick lunch at Firehouse. Liza was able to see her old boss and a few friends. Then we raced to Doug's work before his lunch was over where he could say a quick hello. In this picture, you can tell I'd been bawling! Black eyes and all!
Doug just can't stop grinning around Aylabelle. He said out of the blue, last night, "She's literally incredible!" This morning, "She's so amazing!" I'd say that Aylabelle has won Grampy's heart! It melts my heart to see him look at her!
After a quick stop at Doug's work, we headed to the rehab center where Mom continues to sit by Gene's side. We didn't want to take the baby into the building, past the entrance, so I wheeled Mom down to the lobby for a visit. I got to spend a few minutes with Gene, then Liza went down to say her goodbyes to him. Mom came back with Liza to the lobby and Doug's sister Aleece had just arrived, so we sat and visited there for a few more minutes. GramaAnna loved meeting Aylabelle! Aylabelle loved GramaAnna's "snowshirt", the shirt mom wears on snow days.
The kids all raced in to greet Liza and see Aylabelle after school. Quayd is just a "baby man" like his dad. He has no fear where holding and playing with babies goes!
As always, hearing Liza warm up and play piano is one of my favorite sounds in the world. I came into the living room and found Liza giving Aylabelle her first piano lesson. She's a natural! ;)
Doug can't get enough!
That's it for today. Liza's Paparazzi party is tonight. It's noon and we are so not ready! Tons to do, a trip to town, lunch with Denise and we may get a few things done before the party starts!
Life is good!
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