A February Baby

Monday at the hospital I woke up in the hospitality room that I’ve been staying in.  It was 5:50am.  I got up and went to the bathroom and tried to fall back to sleep.  No luck.  I got my phone and started scrolling through.  There was a message from Kalissa.

She had planned on doing childcare. She said she didn’t sleep good and I messaged back that she could sit as much as she could at childcare..the kids could do more free play than usual for the day.

We are in the aftermath of the 2019 BLIZZARD so Craig was going to get up and start shoveling out the 4′ snow drifted driveway.  Then they were going to go to my house for a day of childcare.

About five minutes after that conversation Kalissa called me and said her water broke.  UM..now what?

After some scrambling by me and Hubby in Lacrosse and Craig and Kalissa in Waucoma, they were on their way to the hospital.

I called my cleaner gal, Kelli and her daughter Sofie.  They were willing to come and do childcare.  They couldn’t get out of their driveway so they said they would walk over.  We were in a windchill advisory so I said no..she said yes.  UGH.  She won.  They were walking to my house and Gary, another guy we know, picked them up and gave them a ride to our house so they could do childcare.

Then we needed to get Kalissa’s driveway cleaned out.  Kramer has the phone number of the guy who does that for us so I called Kramer and Kramer called Wally, the guy in town that does that.  He headed to her house and got her driveway cleaned out.

Kalissa called emergency management and told them her water broke and ask the status of the road that runs through our town.  They said a snowplow was in the area and they would relay the message to the snow plow driver.

From there….Craig and Kalissa got Carver and dogs into the truck, which was actually quite a feat as the truck doors were frozen shut.  AHHH.  Kalissa said they all had to get loaded and into the truck by crawling through only one door.

Oh my.

Our daughter, Kelli, was working at the hospital the day before and couldn’t get home so she stayed overnight at the hospital.  She had a doctor’s appointment and was staying in town long enough to go to the appointment.  Then she’s coming to my house as there is no way she’ll be able to make it to her house.

So….we all waited to hear from Kalissa.   We already knew it was a going to be C-section so we didn’t expect to have to wait for long time…..

Then Kalissa called and asked that I send out this message.
Kalissa report Baby boy 8lbs 12oz 22″ Born at 10:53 Breast feeding like a champ Lots of dark curly hair His blood sugar is a little low but ok Nameless

Hmm… Nameless??

Then I got this picture….
Oh my word…after the week we’ve been through….Something WONDERFUL.  Something to rejoice.  Something AMAZING.  It’s just what we needed.

Lots more pictures came….



About that time we heard from the doctor that Kramer was free to go home.  YAHOO!!!

Well the hospital that Kalissa had the C-section at is in the town that’s on our way home.  I asked the doctor if we could stop.  He said yes but quick and have Kramer use a wheel chair if it was far to walk.

Perfect….and here we are.  Oh happy day!!!!

Kramer was on too much pain pills to hold grand-baby #4.  But he did give a smile.  Oh my.  I needed some happy news!!

When we got home I had to do a little shoveling.  The neighbors were so great.  Our sidewalk was clear and the driveway was clear but the one foot or so in front of the garage needed attention.  That was okay.  I needed to do something “normal” so shoveling I went.  Kelli was at our house watching Carver and he wanted to go out so she bundled him up and out he came.

I missed this guy…LOTS.

Back in the house Kalissa sent more pictures….good ones with Gannon’s eyes open. Aw…precious.
Then she sent this one….

Carver looked at it, laughed and then mocked him making the same scrunched up lips.  Then he made the picture on my phone larger and focused on the blue blanket.  Then he said, “My bit (what he calls a blanket)”.

Yep he’s got the big brother roll down perfect…making fun of his little brother and wanting to take his stuff.  I see a wonderful brotherly love relationship happening already.

For the curious….The doctors were all wrong.  He wasn’t over 10 pounds.  He was a happy 8 lbs 12 oz.  She likely could have had him vaginally but it’s all okay.  In the end we don’t care.  He’s here and that’s all that matters.

Carver is hanging with Kramer and me for the next couple days.  I think she’ll be home on Thursday at the earliest.

What can I say….there’s always something happening here!!

66 thoughts on “A February Baby

  1. Arrowhead Gramma

    What a wonderful bundle of love God has blessed your family with. Congratulations to all the Kramer’s!!!

  2. Winda Hiemstra

    That is what I would call “a realy good day!” Kramer coming home and a little bundle of joy being born… congrats on both ocasions!
    lots of hugs and happy energy from the Netherlands
    Winda

  3. Karen aka Lace Faerie

    Won’t the tale of his birth day bring some laughter, chaos! It’s always funny in time! And you, trying to orchestrate plans, and back up plans, then new back up plans, all from a distance!

    Welcome sweet boy! Congrats all around! I am so glad you got to see him so soon! Being born during a snow storm! My HH was born 2/28 on a day 30 degrees below zero in Minot, ND! You Midwest women are strong! As well as hardworking, loving, dedicated to family, and beauty shines thru your smiling eyes!

    My prayers continue that you will all enjoy quick returns to good health and that you are blessed with all you stand in need of!

  4. Betty Woodlee

    Congratulations on your new grandson. He is adorable. Congratulations on Kramer making it home and prayers that his healing will be rapid.

  5. Linda

    A wonderful day….what a cute little guy. Glad to hear you made it home OK…I worried about your roads…

  6. Elizabeth V K

    Happy for you all to arrive home with wonderful excitement of new life and much help from friends. Prayers of thanks and for healing.

  7. Gramapama

    Wonderful news! Many blessings! So good to hear Kramer is home and your new grandson arrived. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  8. Toni Wood

    What an exciting welcome to the world! There was a blizzard after our DD was born in MA and hubby couldn’t even visit but the roads were cleared by the time of discharge a week later. This was 56 years ago!

  9. KB

    Congratulations all on Hubby coming home and on the new grandbaby. What an adventure Kalissa and family had getting to the hospital.

  10. Kim J LeMere

    Happiness! what a joy to see the new baby boy is here and everything went well. Congrats to the new parents and everyone else. Glad all those snow folks gave a hand

  11. Patricia Dearth

    Wonderful news. What a beautiful handsome boy. So happy for you and your family. Hopefully, your hubby will have a speedy recovery now that he is home and can get some real rest. Living in Florida, I cannot imagine what the snow/cold situation is like, but what a challenge to deal with that. Thank goodness for the friends in our lives who help out when we need it.

  12. Jill Klop

    Congratulations!! So happy he’s here and healthy!! His birth story is one of a kind! You all deserve a blessing so wonderful with everything else that’s been going on! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Rachel Summy

    Congratulations to you all!! Always a happy relief when baby arrives and all is well!!
    And so happy Kramer is home!! Praying for good results on this journey!

  14. Kathryn

    I smiled when I saw the title for your post. We have a new granddaughter also and she was a month early. Our daughter and son in law knew 3 other couples that also delivered this week…all early like your new grandson. Glad you and Roger are home safe and sound. Happy news will help with his recovery and help with the next phase of his treatment.

  15. Sandie

    Congratulations to Kalissa, Craig and the rest of the Kramer Clan! Gannon is a beautiful baby, and a blessing beyond measure.

  16. Mary Jo B.

    Congratulations on the new grandbaby! You deserve a bundle of good news. Thanks for the cute baby pictures. Tell Roger to take it easy. Frequent naps and some walking around are in his future (or whatever the doctor ordered.)

  17. mary

    Good grief that was a lot to handle in one day! You guys are troopers. So glad you’re home safe and sound! mary

  18. Diane O

    Wonderful post with great news both about Kramer and new baby boy. The pictures added so much to the words. Sending positive thoughts for your whole family. May March bring much happiness to your family!!

  19. Stephani in N. TX

    After the storm, medical and Mother Nature, comes the son. Oh, the happiness you will know. So relieved you got home okay and under such happy circumstances.

  20. Candi

    Congratulations. Gannon is perfect. No matter what is happening, put a baby in your arms and the world become right. Enjoy the time with Carver. So happy Kramer got released. Now he can relax and recovery for the next round. Keeping you all in prayer.

  21. Marianne

    Congratulations to you, your hubby and your family. So happy your husband got to go home — always better for recovery — and a new Bundle of Joy to enjoy. Best Wishes always

  22. Andi

    Hi Jo!
    Congratulations on all fronts! A new Grandson and Kramer getting to go home on the same day. Beautiful baby boy that will bring joy to all of you. Happy for all of you!

  23. Ruth

    Hurray hurray hurray!! BEst Wishes to all on their recovery from surgery and birth!! Extra Thanks go out to the snow management and childcare coverage group. Good Luck with having separate blankets for Carver and Gannon! May you all be able to enjoy being at home soon once again. Blessings on you all!!

  24. SusanfromKentucky

    Congratulations to you all! So good for you to get some happy news. He’s precious.
    I had a C-Section with my son and the ultrasound the day before said he weighed 10 lbs 13 oz. He ended up weighing 9 lbs 12-1/2 oz.
    Love all the pictures, but especially love the one of you and Carver!!

  25. Linda in NE

    Congratulations all around! He’s a cutey! And isn’t it funny how babies like to be born during or right after a blizzard? And Kramer’s home! Maybe now he can get some good rest. It’s hard to do that in the hospital. Carver can keep him company & be a welcome distraction.

  26. Jeri

    Congratulations on the birth of your sweet little mans birth as well as Kramers “birth” from the hospital. This is a good story for the books for sure. I pray this is the beginning of many many good stories! Thank you for sharing the birth of Gannon and pictures as well. God bless you and your growing family.
    Jeri

  27. Robby H.

    Congratulations to all! Those big low pressure systems do bring the babies. Glad everyone is doing OK.

  28. annie

    Oh, wonderful, congratulations all around, I’m excited for you. So glad Kramer got home too, hope all continues to go as expected!

  29. Cindy E

    Congratulations to all. Wonderful news that Kramer got to come home. And on the way home, you both got to see your new grand-baby. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Robin Boggan

    Oh happy day! So wonderful that Kramer and you got home safe and the stop to see your beautiful new grandson! What a special treat. Hoping that the next few days will be much easier for all of you. Hugs to all of you!!

  31. Kristy

    Congratulations! I’m so glad that God smiled upon your family and provided a handsome blessing during such a time of upheaval and worry!

  32. Janine Baker

    So HAPPY for all of you! Glad you and Hubby are home and that he continues on the mend-being home will help!!! What a beautiful little boy and I love his name. Gannon is such a strong, powerful sounding name. Hugs to all of you!

  33. Patricia Boelens

    Congratulations! So happy for you. You seem to have many blessings this week! Prayers answered. Heathy baby. Healthy mom. Home safely. Prayers continue to come your way.

  34. ChristieB

    Congratulations to all!!! Wow! You guys certainly don’t lead dull lives! All sounds good now – how blessed you are! HUGS… and stitches

  35. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Congratulations with making it though all the craziness of Monday!!! Gannon is adorable and will be the perfect younger brother for Carver…I can see them getting up to much mischief in the future. What a blessing for the whole family. You have certainly been hard hit this winter.

  36. Maureen

    God knew you would need some joy in the midst of all the hard. Gannon arrived at the perfect time–how special that you and Kramer could see him on your way home.

  37. Vicky in Bama

    What a blessing!!! Babies are God’s gift. I know you and Kramer are glad to be home. May God’s love envelope your family and keep you safe. You are still in my prayers.

  38. Tonya Reichard

    Gannon is adorable!!! Congratulations to all of you on the new addition. Take care and God Bless you all! I bet it’s going to be hard keeping Kramer down…..I know I have problems at times with my farmer hubby.

  39. Laura

    The doctors seem to be wrong about the size of babies all the time. My sister’s ‘ten pounder’ barely hit 8. Congratulations on the new arrival! Your family needed some good news.

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