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New grandbaby Ian is now over 5 lbs, off all supplemental oxygen, nursing and taking a bottle (both) well.  He may be ready to go home next week, but only time will tell.  He has come a long way from that 27 gestational wk, 2 1/2 lb preemie.  Lots of prayers answered along the way, and we're thankful.  

His big brother has been with us for most of the past 1 1/2 months, and it's been fun.  This grandma is reminded why folks have kids when they are young... keeping up with an active nearly 3-year-old keeps one on one's toes!  

Now to get a quilt made for this new little guy!  I have the cuddle fabrics and a pattern, just need to find the time to get to it.

Thanks for all your prayers, concern and encouragement.  You are appreciated.

Also, an update on my dad who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the end of the year.  He will be 83 on Sunday, and he is slowly fading.  A friend noted that I was sandwiched between new life beginning and a life well lived, and it is true.  He's doing incredibly well all these months (months we didn't think we'd have), and even this morning he's gathering cattle on a horse, determined not to be left behind when the men ride out.  This might be the last time he's able to do so, but he's surprised us before.  

All in all, we've been blessed.

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 1, 2016 at 1:13pm

Barbara, I slept better last night than I have for the past 2 1/2 months!  Lots to catch up on around here now.  :/

Comment by Barbara Graham on October 1, 2016 at 1:10pm

Wonderful news! Now YOU might get some sleep.

Comment by J.S. on October 1, 2016 at 4:49am
I'm so happy for you all. He's done exceptionally well for being premature. My last DGD was 5 lb 13 oz when she went home and was full term. Now you can just enjoy your 2 grandbabies
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 30, 2016 at 6:31pm

Barbara, I've been out there for the week; just returned home this evening.  He is doing very well.  Just like any other newborn (although technically he's over 2 months old).  He left the hospital on Saturday weighing 5 lb 15 oz and at his dr. appt on Wednesday, he was 6 lb 9 oz.  He is sleeping well for her at night.  When he's awake, he is content.  They are all glad to be under one roof again.  

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 29, 2016 at 5:27pm

How's Ian doing at home? I hope everything is going smoothly.

Comment by Pam/NY on September 22, 2016 at 3:04pm
Homeward bound GREAT NEWS!!!!!!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 22, 2016 at 2:58pm

My mother said, "Oh look!  He has my double chin!"  

He gets to go home Saturday. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 22, 2016 at 2:17pm

What a doll! I'm so happy he is doing well and almost ready to head home. I spent a month hanging out with my DGD while waiting for the newest one to arrive. All I could think was "how did I manage with my own?" Answer--I was much younger then.

Your dad is amazing! I am sure he is happier on a horse than sitting at home with the women.

Comment by Irene Gallway on September 19, 2016 at 7:34pm

He is precious. I'm so glad to hear he is doing well and gaining weight.  I know what you mean about having our children when we were young.  It takes a lot of gusto to keep up with the little ones.

Comment by J.S. on September 19, 2016 at 3:41pm
I'm so happy to hear Ian's doing so well. He's a beautiful baby. Yes, I know too well why young people have babies. I'm reminded everyday with a 2 1/2 year old here and I'm a lot older than you. Prayers are with you and your family for your dad. I can't believe he's still able to ride but what a blessing he can.

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