New grandma loses all objectivity

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Posted 6/05/18 (Tue)

New grandma loses all objectivity

Whines & Roses
By Cecile Wehrman

I’ve almost completely lost my mind in the past week -- at least what I had left following a six month stint of too few workers at two newspapers and the last month of way too few workers at two newspapers.
For sure, though the last six weeks -- which included a trip to Minneapolis for an apparently successful glaucoma procedure for me, seven-day-a-week work weeks for myself and fiance Brad Nygaard, not to mention watching a grueling three-day delivery process for my daughter to produce my first grandson -- whew!
This weekend, though -- the first for how many months I cannot remember -- did not involve any work for either newspaper. And that was a good thing because last week’s sleep-deprived layout process involved me making multiple mistakes on ads that should have run but didn’t. We always do the best we can, but clearly, I had reached the limit of my juggling capabilities.
Instead of newspaper work, last weekend did include a 20th birthday celebration for my daughter, Cathleen, which brought the new mother, my oldest daughter, Catrina, up to Crosby with little Carter Jamie Lindvig, to meet his great-grandmother, Louise Stocks. And this is where the loss of any objectivity comes in. Why not, a friend on Facebook asked, shouldn’t I print in the newspaper the four-generation photo of the four of us?
“You’re the boss,” I was reminded.
Realizing that this is indeed true, and despite the protestations of the new mom (and yes, I only look like I just had a baby) this picture deserves to be shared. After all, it was only a few weeks ago that I was broadcasting my personal business in this space. The photo is for those of you who have been wondering whether that baby ever arrived.
While pictures of four generations in a family aren’t all that uncommon, the death of Catrina’s father -- from whom Carter gets his middle name -- already three-and-a-half years ago now, gives me pause. A four-generation photo is not possible on Grandpa’s side.
The arrival of a first grandchild, for sure, comes with wmawny such poignant thoughts.
I have remembered details of Catrina’s first days on earth that I never realized I retained. I remember the questions and worries a new parent faces, even before a birth, and difficult decisions to make. Just getting kids born sometimes comes with painful lessons and concerns -- will the medicine Mom receives impact the baby, is he getting enough to eat, is he soiling enough diapers to oh-my-gosh will this kid ever quit needing his diaper changed? Everything changes when a new baby arrives!
More good news is that, as of next week, both The Journal and Tribune will be fully staffed. This week, Indy Raudales joined the staff in our production department. She is training in with Jenny Bummer, who has rejoined us for the summer. This time next week, a new reporter at the Tribune, Daniela Gamboa, will be on the job. A restoration of full-time hours for our Tribune staff will come the week after that.