Day 333: Welcome Lola Maxx Miller

Lola Maxx

Another beautiful blessing today, for my first. My nephew Scott and his wife Nicole welcomed their baby daughter to their family. They are also the parents of an adorable son, Weston, who just turned 20 months old. Due December 4, Lola knew exactly what she was doing, arriving today. More about that at the end of the blog post.

My family celebrates everything….birthdays, graduations, promotions, holidays, weddings and births. When something significant happens, we are there to rejoice. It is one of the things I love most about my family. So when I heard this morning that Lola’s birth was eminent, I changed today’s plans, which were insignificant, and headed to Broken Arrow, OK, along with Greg and my mom, to meet this new little person.

Lola Maxx with daddy

Lola Maxx Miller was born at 10:43 am, weighing in at 8 lb 1 oz and measuring 20 ½ inches long. She has dark hair and the sweetest, chubbiest cheeks! She is strong and healthy and doing well, as are her mommy and daddy and big brother. I’ve watched Scott and Nicole parent little Weston and they have so impressed me with their combination of practical skills and deep devotion to their child. Weston is well loved and Lola will receive the same care and love. I am so thrilled for them as their little family grows.

Lola Maxx with family

It was precious to watch Weston meet his sister. Not even two yet, it is quite a change for him to move from only child, who never had to compete for a parent’s lap, to being a sibling who must share. This handsome little guy, with his solemn dark eyes and curly red hair was amazing. He was very happy to see his mom and dad, and curious about the baby. He smiled the biggest smile as he leaned over Lola in the bassinet. And he was gentle as he patted her and gave her a tender kiss. Not all toddlers are so accepting. I’m told I slapped my baby sister when my parents brought her home! Weston is already a wonderful big brother. Lola is blessed with him, her parents and grandparents and a host of others who will love her fiercely and protect her just as fiercely.

Lola Maxx meet Weston  Lola Maxx with Weston

As I was beginning this blog post, a thought suddenly struck me that brought goose bumps. My family is used to my strange insights. Part of my growth this year has been moving beyond my comfort zone and sharing them more publicly. Lola was born on Day 333 of the year. I remembered that on August 22 of this year, her mother Nicole asked about the significance of the number 3 and especially 333 and 3334, as she was seeing the numbers frequently. Today, as they were moving mommy and baby Lola to their private room, from the birthing room, the nurses suddenly switched rooms….from Room 332 to Room 333. Amazing. The number 3 has to do with the connection between the Body, Mind and Spirit. It is a Divine number, signifying the presence of angels. And, it carries the energy of creativity, joy, imagination, kindness, psychic ability, growth and manifestation. What a powerful blessing on this beautiful wee girl. She will be a gifted child. I am so honored to welcome her to our family.

Lola Maxx meets Yaya

Day 319: Baby Shower for Lola

Lolas shower Nicole

Twenty months ago, Scott and Nicole’s lives shifted forever. My nephew and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Weston, into their family, after hoping for many years to have a child. They have been amazing parents to their small son. I love watching this little group interact with each other. In less than a month, Scott, Nicole and Weston will welcome a new addition to the family, a little girl named Lola Maxx Miller.

Today, my family gathered to “shower” Nicole and Scott with love and gifts, in preparation for little Lola’s entrance into the world. We met at their new home, and included the males in the family, combining a house warming with the baby shower. My sister Debbie and niece Ashley served potato soup and a crockpot of ham and beans, cornbread and a wonderfully cheesy corn dip with Frito chips. We saved the cake for after the shower, but there were lemon bars and a warm and rich hot cocoa bar, complete with flavored marshmellows, stirring spoons dipped in chocolate and whipped cream. On this cold day, with snow in the forecast, steaming mugs of hot chocolate were a welcome treat!

Lolas shower

The ladies decorated onsies for Lola, using fabric paint. We then chased the men and boys from the living room. Jon, Ashley’s husband, created huge versions of two fun games, Kerplunk and Jenga. The guys retired to the garage to play while we sat in a circle around Nicole. She opened presents and we ooohed and ahhhhed over each tiny outfit, soft blanket or package of diapers. Is there anything more joyful than watching an expectant mom’s face glow as she exclaims over each gift and piles sweet baby clothes on her lap? We laughed and chatted, and spoke with anticipation about baby Lola.

Lolas shower games for the guys Lolas shower games Jenga

We played a couple of games. One involved answering trivia questions about Nicole, to see how well we know her. This involved much giggling and guessing. I didn’t fare well with my answers, however, now I know that green is Nicole’s favorite color, and Blacklist is her favorite TV show. She enjoys eating at The Melting Pot and would love to live in the mountains someday. Scott impressed us all by answering most of the questions correctly. What an attentive husband!

Lolas shower making onsies Lolas shower making onsies 2

Lola Maxx is so loved already, so cherished. We her family eagerly await her, and no one more so than her beautiful mommy and handsome daddy. Weston doesn’t fully know yet what’s about to happen. He will assume the role of big brother well, though. I know, too, that my sister Linda can’t wait to be a Gigi again. Peace and blessings to them as the final weeks of pregnancy slip by. And welcome to the family, and the world, baby girl.

Lolas shower guests