Arthur Glen Lemke joined the ranks of the family on Monday, Sept. 24. He showed up a little over a week late and weighed in at an impressive 9 lbs. 9 oz. His big brother, Royce, so far regards him as an idle curiosity, his parents are delighted with him and his grandparents, of course, think he is the second prodigy in the family.
We made his acquaintance a mere two hours after he was born and have had the chance to get acquainted with him over the past week. Named for my grandfather Wells and my father, he is definitely a member of the family, with his light complexion and broad nose.
As in the case of many second babies, he is calmer than his older brother was, largely, no doubt, because his more experienced parents are calmer, too. He still isn’t quite sure when to sleep and when to be awake, but when he is awake, he is fun to work with.
He had his first bath at home and it was an event for everyone. Big brother Royce tried first to climb into the bath fully clothed. When he discovered it was for Arthur, he promptly took the cloth from his father and washed the baby himself, assuring the screaming infant that “it’s okay, baby,” as he did so.
It seems impossible to believe that we now have two small ones in the family, two grandsons to enjoy. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that my own girls were the babies themselves and now we have not only an infant, shaking up our days and nights, but an active two-year-old running around, getting into what he can, running on two short little legs to the park and counting for his nagging grandmother. (Okay, so he counts “two, fee, five,” but he’s at least got the numbers in the right order.
We make our plans to regularly see our children and grandchildren, even though they don’t live as near us as we’d like. We made a pact with ourselves that we would be certain to be a presence in their lives and the challenge and the enjoyment continues to grow now that we have a second one to love.
I don’t know if I’m really making a point with this article, other than to say that family has always been a critical force for us and like Topsy, we grow, and expand and learn to love even more.