- Mar 28, 2004
THE ROYAL FORUMS' NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2005 *
Welcome to the October 2005 edition of The Royal Forums’ newsletter.
To start off this newsletter, I would first like to welcome GrandDuchess as my co-Editor in producing and writing to this newsletter. It will be wonderful to have a colleague such as GrandDuchess make wonderful contributions to future newsletters that I and other members will enjoy!
It’s hard to believe that it is already October and that fall is in full swing by now after what was a particularly hot and sticky summer for many of us.
Fall has always been my favourite season – I love the changing colours of the leaves, the crisp, cool air, fresh apples and apple pies baking, pumpkin pie, Halloween and jackolanterns, and of course for my fellow Canadians, Thanksgiving.
More than any other time of the year (even New Year’s), October is a time of reflection for me. It’s a time to take in all that’s happened the last year, to give thanks for the wonderful things I’ve been blessed with and to look ahead. This October is extra special because a very wonderful little person in my life celebrates his first birthday. The son of a very good friend who is like a big sister to me turns one on October 1, marking a year full of firsts: his first tooth, his first time crawling and his first step, his first word (ma mere—French for mom), the first time he pulled himself up to a standing position, the first time he sat up, and a million other big and small firsts that mark a baby’s first year. He will celebrate his first birthday with a small dinner party with some of the adults who have been so much a part of his life: his mom, his grandparents, and of course, his Aunt Alex—though all he make out of my name so far is Lex-eeeeee!
I think back to a year ago, last October 2, when his mom called me mid-morning. I had just come back from the grocery store and other Saturday morning errands. My caller ID simply said “Private,” so I had no clue where she was calling from. She had started her maternity leave two weeks earlier, and was not expected to have her baby for another two weeks so I thought she was just calling for one of our daily chats. Her voice did not betray the happenings of the last 18 hours. She asked me how my morning was, we talked about the weather, and the movie I had seen the night before. Then I asked her what she had done. Her reply? “I had the baby.” I shrieked into the phone – “WHAT?! … Why on earth did you let me prattle on about my Friday evening when you just gave birth?!”
This past year, it has been amazing to watch the baby grow up and discover the world for himself – this little mini person whom I have “known” since he was in his mother’s belly. This little person who is the spitting image of his mother but with his very own personality, his own likes (Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a favourite book and prunes are a surprisingly favourite fruit) and dislikes (strained peas – I have yet to meet a baby who likes this and am convinced that Gerber should stop making it for future babies), and a fondness for both Barney and rockabilly music.
This past year has been full of firsts for many of our favourite royals, too. A year ago around this time, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were happy newlyweds embarking on royal duties after spring weddings and summer holidays. Who would’ve thought that nearly a year after their respective grand weddings there’d be official announcements about the pregnancies of both princesses? This past year we also welcomed some tiny new faces to our royal watching: Luana, Felecia and Alexia of the Netherlands, Irene of Spain, Carlos of Greece, and Jaliah of Jordan. And in the weeks to come, we can watch out for new babies in the Danish, Spanish, Belgian and Norwegian households – who will no doubt be as loved and relished as the little baby in my life.
/GrandDuchess, Alexandria & The Royal Forums Team
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