Recent News and Catching Up

I’m in the US and the days have been flying by. The main purpose of this trip was to be here for my daughter who was expecting her second child.

We succeeded in getting me here before the baby, but my daughter looked like she should have had the baby already so she wouldn’t burst! But, she didn’t burst, and day after day went by until waiting seemed like normal life and maybe the baby would never come. But then, in the middle of the night her husband woke me to tell me her water broke! The baby was born that afternoon.

Mom is recovering and doing well, dad is there every step of the way, and big sister is taking the whole situation in stride very well. The baby is super chill and rarely cries, and mom and dad have actually been getting some sleep, not a lot but for having a newborn it’s going well.

This has been a really special time for me. For various reasons I was not there when my other grandchildren were born, but this time I have been here for the whole thing including the exciting “time to go to the hospital” moment, and the special coming home with the new baby time. While they were gone it was just my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and I. We had many days to get to know each other but it’s different when it’s just the two of you. She was great and we had a wonderful time, and this was also very special to me.

I have had a lot of thoughts going around in my head, but writing them down has been a different matter. Family time is precious. Downtime has been spent walking/exercising to the shopping center and practicing some bass. The rest of the time is spent helping out, playing, and just chillin together.

The weather has been just gorgeous! Yesterday a small rainstorm came through and afterward my daughter spotted the rainbow that is in the header photo. It’s been nice for playing outside or just hanging out in the deck.

Oh, and baby was 8 pounds 14 ounces and her name is Penelope (Penny) Jane. It will be interesting to get to know her as she grows. Now she is mostly just a sleeping little angel.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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10 Responses to Recent News and Catching Up

  1. simplywendi says:

    congratulations to you and your entire family!


  2. Mike D says:

    Alone time with your Granddaughter sounds absolutely wonderful, appreciate that experience Kris, embrace it, and cherish it..


  3. jim and nena says:

    Eight pounds, 14 ounces! THAT is a big baby. Congratulations to the whole family.
    The photos are just great, and it is clear that big sister is indeed in charge.
    Kids are great, but grands are special. Maybe because we are not working and can be with our grands when all the growing up events are happening. We have been able to go to all the end of school year awards presentations and school festival days, things only one of us could attend. Then there are the weeks during summer that they spend the week with us before camp starts. All very special.

    Glad you were there for such a special event. Nothing more exciting than a new baby arrival.
    jim and nena


    • Mom and big sister were almost that big as newborns.
      Yes grandkids are great, and the main reason I come back so much. FaceTime is good for adults but doesn’t quite do it for little kids.


  4. Laureen says:

    Sweet! Enjoy the preciosa familia time amiga, and the lovely weather! What a gift to be there just at the right time. Jan and I didn’t have any of our own, so we’ve adopted some younger folks so we can be abuela/abuelo. Our youngest granddaughter just turned two. It is fun to have our gatherings in large, but short doses. An afternoon by the pool, good eats, and great company. Life is good.


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