…and then there were none

Remember this picture taken of Kelli and Kalissa?  It was taken February  20th.  Both girls were pregnant.
Five days after that, Gannon Joseph made his way into the world.

Seven days after that Kelli had her baby.  Here’s a picture…..

Have you ever seen a picture of a newborn like that??  It’s like she’s saying, “WOW”…and are they ever bright eyed like that??


Those of you who guessed GIRL you are RIGHT!  Kelli and Jason have a baby girl.

The name….well…For a long time they didn’t know….we’ve all been teasing Kelli.  When they first got Puppycat (their beagle) they couldn’t come up with a name.  They tried a few out but none stuck and then after a week, Jason started calling her Puppycat and it stuck.  We all teased Kelli that she better find a name before Jason calls her “Humanfriend” or “Babycat” and it sticks.  So after 18 hours of no name, her name is….Georgia Grace.


Georgia is Kalissa’s middle name.  She was named after Kramer’s dad George.  Kelli decided to keep the tradition going.  So, Georgia she is.

She has lots of hair…Kelli did too.  She is 19″ long and 7lbs.

Kelli had messaged me on the overnight of her nursing shift between Saturday and Sunday.  She said she was having contractions.  She ended up going over to the OB unit on her break.  They checked her out and confirmed it was contractions.  They checked her and she was at a 4.  They told her go back to work and let them know if something changed.

Kelli finished her work shift then went home to sleep.  She woke several times due to the contractions but they weren’t bad.

Sunday evening she did some things around the house and the contractions continued but never were anything that she couldn’t work through.

Monday she got up early and went to her nursing home job.  The contractions were still there.  She finished her shift then her and her husband Jason went up for a regularly scheduled ultrasound and doctor appointment.  Jason had met her at Kelli’s work and drove together the rest of the way.

The ultrasound looked good…after that it was on to the doctor.  The doctor checked her.  She was ready to go and was at a 5.

Kelli wasn’t due until March 21st so although this is early, it’s not SUPER early.  The doctor said that they would make a plan.  Kelli would drive Jason back to his car.  He’d go home and do chores.  Kelli would go back to the hospital and they would hook her up to the monitor to see how the contractions were.

Kelli got back to the hospital.  They hooked her up and she was having good contractions.  They told her to walk and they’d hooked her up again.  That’s how it went for a bit.  Then the doctor came and checked her….6!!   At that point the doctor said she really couldn’t let her go home like that.  Kelli suggested she break the water and the doctor agreed.  So that happened and then Kelli called Jason and told him to get there fast.  Jason got back to the hospital at 9ish and the little baby was born at 10:20pm.

Some might say it was a long labor as it really started in the middle of the night between Saturday and Sunday but in the end Kelli says it wasn’t bad at all.  It only got “serious” after her water broke.

I got a phone call at about 11:30pm to tell us the news.  There were no pictures yet…just the news that she was okay and the baby was okay.  That’s all that mattered to me.  Names, pictures and details can all come later.

As my day went on, pictures started coming in….


She scratched herself already…that’s why she has mittens.

So as you are reading this….I’m off to see my newest tiny baby grand daughter.  I’m working today but as soon as the last one leaves, I’ve got visiting to do.

What a huge blessing and relief that both girls delivered safely.  I know that nowadays infant mortality is lower than in the past and that most of the times mothers make it through.  I still had all of that on my mind though…Prayers were answered and I am so thankful.  Our girls and their babies are all doing good.

..and then there were no pregnant daughters.  Now I can’t wait for a picture of the girls with the babies!!

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56 thoughts on “…and then there were none

  1. Joy

    Congratulations! My little girl had to have mittens too. Enjoy the new babies and looks like those pastel shirts you just bought will be put to good use.

  2. ChristieB

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I bet the cousins will be good buddies! Gannon can be a big cousin/brother to Georgia! Can’t wait to see pictures of the cousins together. HUGS… and stitches

  3. Gloria

    Hallelujah! I’m so happy for the new grandchildren’s arrival! I just knew from the start of Kelli’s pregnancy her baby was a girl! She’s a good weight and length. Years ago I was told some babies could lose 10% of their birth weight and it was considered okay. Wonderful to have those precious babies!

  4. Mary Ann Mettler

    Oh what a blessing Jo!! So happy for both those grandbabies with great names! And how is Grandpa doing?

  5. Elaine

    Wow, How exciting two new grand babies. What an absolute blessing. I never had two nearly as close but certainly enjoyed them all. Congratulations to Moms, Dads and Grandparents. I know your hearts are full.

  6. Aletha in Colorado

    Jo, she is SO BEAUTIFUL!! All of that dark hair!! I love the name Georgia Grace!! I’m so glad your grand babies are both here safe and sound. It’s good to hear that Kramer is doing good and that you’re coping so well. What a great example you are for me.

  7. Sally

    Congratulations! Grand babies are so wonderful! Glad everyone is doing well, you have all had so much going on!

  8. Kim

    Congratulations on two healthy grandchildren! They will be the best distractions for you & Kramer in the upcoming months, enjoy!

  9. Ruth

    My first baby arrived and looked all around the delivery room right off, such beautiful dark eyes, wide awake and interested in the world! Congratulations on your new little granddaughter! So glad mother and baby are doing fine.

  10. Anne

    Congratulations! We have a Georgia Grace at church and she is sometimes called Gigi (G.G.). I was like Kelli – there’s “labor” and then there’s “getting-down-to-business labor.”

  11. Cathy

    Congratulations and your two new grandbabies!!! What a blessing!!!
    Continued prayers for you, Kramer and all your family for all that you are going thru right now. You are an inspiration to live positive and fully. God bless you with strength and lean on Him for assurance.

  12. Diane O

    Congratulations to all!! How exciting to have grandchildren! Wishing the best for everyone!!

  13. Janet

    Congratulations on such a fabulous few days…these babies are adorable….best wishes to all the new parents and to you and Kramer….blessed be ❤

  14. Cindy E

    Congratulations on another new grand baby. Glad to hear that both mothers and babies are doing okay. And I was glad to hear that Kayla got through her procedure okay. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Janet R

    What exciting news!! I’m so happy for all of you. She’s absolutely adorable and I love the name. I have my dad’s name as my middle name since I was supposed to be a boy. Been wrong since the day I was born. Continued prayers for you all.

  16. Lee USA

    Buttons, buttons…who’s cute as a button…? There you go, Jo…a granddaughter to make doll clothes for. I too, for 9 months, everyday…had morning sickness…gave birth to a daughter. Once she arrived, I never got sick again. You Kramers, are such a joy to follow along on your journey a a family. Looking forward to updates and photos, just as I have watching Carver – he’s adorable. He’ll be a great, showing Gannon and Georgia Grace ‘This is how things are done’. From alphabet, numbers and colors…how cute that will be…?

  17. Cindy P

    Great, happy news !! Your family deserves all the good news and more !! Congratulations, Grandma !!

  18. Bobbie Campbell

    wonderful,wonderful for all concerned. Glad Kayla has her endometriosis treated. All in all I’d say the powers that be are looking after everyone in the family. I’m happy for all of you.

  19. pat

    Congrats JO!!! Two beautiful new additions to your family.. So happy for you and glad all is well.

  20. Sandra Davidson

    Congratulations to both girls, they both did a great job and delivered two beautiful healthy babies one of each , you must be so thrilled. What joy to be blessed with these two babies five days apart I bet you all are walking on cloud nine. Blessings Sandra your Canadian friend

  21. Lisa

    What a blessing!! Two beautiful new grand babies!! Love the name Georgia Grace, she is so sweet! Congrats to your family. Continued prayers for your hubby and you. Take good care.

  22. Kristy Wilkinson

    Congratulations on a house full of joy with 2 new grand babies and a husband who is home from the hospital! Many blessings upon your family and it is very special to share this joy with you. Thanks for your diligence in keeping us up to date! You have amazing energy and an amazing family. Can’t wait to see your girl quilt. :-) K-

  23. Linda Hodges

    Congratulations to you all but especially to Kelli for being able to work right up to the birth of beautiful Georgia Grace. What a lovely name. This round of babies sets the bar for ‘G’s, instead of ‘K’s! She is absolutely gorgeous. Best wishes to Kramer as he hopefully continues to be relieved of his pain and gets a little more mobile. I’m sure he is quite frustrated that he isn’t able to get back to the farm work quickly enough.

    Love to all the family.

  24. ShirlR

    Congratulations to the new mommies and daddies! Such beautiful babies! I am so happy for you all. So fun to have two babies born so close together! They are going to be great pals. Would love to see them play together when they get a bit older Jo and Kramer, you have such a lovely family; God has richly blessed you.

  25. Candi

    Congratulations on a beautiful little girl. Now you need to get cranking on that baby girl quilt along with all your other duties. I’m in admiration on how you do it all and keep yourself together. You are my idol. I’m happy to hear everyone came through healthy. Continued prayers coming your way.

  26. Jill Klop

    Congratulations Kelli and Jason!! Georgia is beautiful! I’m so happy for all of you!!

  27. Cindy F

    Congratulations Kelli!! Georgia Grace is a beautiful baby and what a great name! What a happy day!

  28. Mary Jo B.

    Congratulations to the newest parents – Kelli and Jason. Time for Jo to get out those pastel shirts!

  29. Janine Baker

    Congratulations to everyone! She is beautiful and so is her name! It is so nice that they live close enough to see each other and grow up together. I have 6 Grands (5 boys & 1 girl), and they all live within an hour from any of us. They are so excited when they can all get together at once. They fondly refer to each other as cuzins. I look forward to seeing your girl quilt and pictures of you with your new Grands. Hugs to you

  30. Lisa B

    I like the nick name Gigi. I’m just realizing, in our area when a daughter or daughter-in-law is in the hospital having the baby, family gathers at the hospital in anticipation. Especially the moms are there. That doesn’t seem to be something that’s so common in your area. I think I like giving the parents the time alone initially to bond with the baby.

  31. Susan the Farm Quilter

    How fun to have grands born so close together!! Congratulations on the grands and that moms and babies are doing well. Will you be able to take care of them both, like you do Carver??

  32. Melanie

    Awww congratulations! I saw that Kelli was already thinking of Gigi, my 2nd daughter is Georgianna & we alternate between Georgie & Gigi.

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