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Little bit bigger than a peanut!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I got to go spend a couple hours with Miss Ali yesterday. She is officially now 9 lbs and 20 inches long. I was amazed just how alert she had become in just the two weeks since I have seen her. I have put in a grandma request - I want to take her for a couple days. We are just waiting to see if the sniffles she has today move into a cold. Although my guess is I probably would still get her since I seem to be the only one who can calm her down when she is fussy. We call that the "grandma" factor..hehe.

  
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KTMORRILL 5/13/2009 1:56PM

    Ali is beautiful Kierae!!! I sooooo love babies. I hope if she did get a cold, it is not to bad. Better than the flu though.

I have a friend that became a grandfather at the age of 36. He will be 44 in July. He now has 8 precious grandchildren, ages 3 mo. to 7yrs. He is so good with them. The first 5 were all girls, but he finally got his boys to play baseball with!! emoticon

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LOSINGNOW24 5/12/2009 4:54PM

    What a little sweetheart !!! My youngest son Jason has been seeing a girl that just moved in with him and she has an adorable 2 yr. old little girl named Isabel and she is just precious. When I pull up in front of his house she runs out and gets in and hugs me I'm thinking I could get used to this Grandma thing. Congrats on your precious little one. emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/10/2009 6:19PM

    What a cutie.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/8/2009 10:23PM

    She has grandma's good looks.

Of course I assume that you won't spoil her or anything. No, of course not. ROFLMBO!! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 5/7/2009 3:39PM

    Oh, I am so in love with that sweetie! Just look at those little cheeks. What a precious blessing!

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SCAROUSEL1 5/7/2009 12:38PM

    LOOK AT HER GROW! SHE IS TOO, TOO ADORABLE! ENJOY HER GRAMMY!

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FLUFFBUSTER 5/7/2009 12:21PM

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HEATHHILL 5/7/2009 10:59AM

    So beautiful!!

My daughter was born 4 pounds 11 oz and 5 weeks early. By her one year checkup appointment, the doctor was telling us to cut out all formula and go to skim milk because she weighed, ready.....30 pounds!!!! They are resiliant little buggers, aren't they?

Enjoy rocking that beautiful little peanut to sleep....ahhh, that sounds positively relaxing.

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BINEMELLES 5/7/2009 4:07AM

    awww, isn't she adorable! it's awesome how she LOOKS at you already at that distance!

although i don't have any kids of my own, i seem to have the "grandma factor" too. three of my best girl friends claim i can put any cranky baby to sleep within minutes, lol!

hope you get to borrow the little peanut for a few days. she's so sweet!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/6/2009 9:54PM

    What a beautiful babe! I can't believe she's only 9 lb.! My third came out at 91/2 lb., but she was also 2 weeks late LOL!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/6/2009 9:46PM

    Precious!

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MSEMBERSTORM 5/6/2009 9:11PM

    So cute! That is so awesome!

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BECKYLARAE 5/6/2009 9:05PM

    Aw, so precious! emoticon

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Life

Thursday, April 23, 2009

It has been a crazed busy week. I have been semi "here" for the last week due to house guests. My daughter called last week and asked for help. She was struggling with Ali, not getting the support she needed from her spouse and wanted to come stay for a bit. She asked for 2 weeks but I had to tell her I already "booked" my downstairs apartment to my brother and his wife for 2 days. So she settled for 5 days and went back home (for now...). I spent those days tending to Ali, loving on the baby, and trying to get her on a schedule of some sorts. Both parents are a bit clueless and my daughter basically took notes on those common sense things that us mothers pass on to each generation. I kept Ali with me upstairs and let my daughter catch up on sleep.

I will admit that I loved every second spent with that baby. It would explain the horrid withdrawal I went thru when I put them back on the ferry home. I am use to not sleeping tons (let alone "normally"). I think part of us (my hubby included in the "us") was prepping ourselves for the what ifs - ie it is very possible we could end up raising Ali for awhile (since both parents are struggling with growing up and being responsible). We can do this and will do it if need be. We shall cross this bridge if it comes - until then we will keep teaching them how to be responsible parents and pray that it takes.

My brother (who lives in Alaska) came down with his wife. I haven't seen him since the picture of my almost max weight (ie the wedding pic on my page). It was a shock for all of us. My brother pointed out that he hadn't seen me this small since, oh 7th -8th grade. And I have never seen him this heavy ever (but he has been this weight right after his divorce from his first wife which I never saw). Both him and his wife had put on some weight. So we spent the time together, catching up and talking about diet, nutrition, and what the hell they needed to do - ie hello, alcohol puts on POUNDS. You can not drink EVERY day more than one 4-6 ounce glass of wine and NOT expect to see the scale reflect it. Sorry - it won't happen. Pick your couple days you want to "chill and relax" and keep it to that. Very odd to give nutritional counseling to your family but then again, not really. I have part of my family who are very self conscious and aware so they are open. And then I have a couple who voice wanting to change but not wiling to make the actual change. Sometimes these things take time.

So after I caught up on sleep, am fighting off a cold (since everyone around me is trying to get me SICK - YES I hate ya all), and once again, battling with major tailbone pain (ie my back is wacked and I need to work on my core to pull it back in place)....I challenged my teams to a 4 week challenge. Because why the heck not? emoticon

Ms Ali sleeping comfortably:

  
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ROBCURTROSS 4/30/2009 1:58PM

  You continually inspire me with your openess and your humanity, Kierae. Thanks for posting. Bob

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J.RYAN81 4/25/2009 10:33PM

    What a precious picture!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/24/2009 5:20PM

    There is nothing quite like a mother's love. Mine has been gone since 96 and I still miss her every day.

Your daughter and granddaughter are very blessed. You have given them a precious gift- unconditional love. Your daughter will have time to grow and mature, secure in the knowledge that you will be her and her baby's rock.

You're the best. My hat is off to you.


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HHUSTON 4/24/2009 2:06PM

    Beautiful post from a beautiful person :) Your daughter is so lucky to have you and look at you all cozy with that little angel!! Sorry about the koodies - hopefully you are on the mend now.

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FLUFFBUSTER 4/24/2009 1:06PM

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It's so awesome that you are able to be there for Ali and nurture her. Keep up the great role modeling & enjoy the time. They grow up so fast!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 4/24/2009 8:51AM

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TSOLECKI 4/24/2009 8:44AM

  Wow what a week! and you were still here for us :) You are an amazing woman!!

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KEEPITMOVING 4/24/2009 8:20AM

    wow, fabulous pic, terrific blog, one-in-a-million mommy and grandma....you are divine! your granddaughter looks like something from a gerber commercial. you might end up raising her, huh? well, so much for having quality time for YOU! but, since you're such a great role model and may end up doing this for your daughter, i'm happy for you if giving your daughter the time and space you feel she needs to get things in order is what you feel you want and need to do. the baby shouldn't suffer because of your wonderful willingness to step in. all the power in the world to you and yours. we each need somebody as wonderful, caring, and thoughtful as you in our lives, do you know that? i am a better person for having you as a sparkfriend. fondly, nancy
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MAMAGOSS 4/24/2009 7:59AM

    you are made for the role Grandma! She is so sweet and you look so comfortable -it's nice she can experience a relaxed atmosphere for a while - babies sense that uncertainty.

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Deb

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BINEMELLES 4/24/2009 3:27AM

    it's wonderful what you are doing for your family.
i hope you were able to motivate your brother to do something about his weight - you are the best living inspiration there could be.
and little ali is so sweet sleeping on your arm. soon enough she will start exploring those tattoos. whee, a grandma that is like a picture book!

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/24/2009 12:53AM

    You are so wonderful! Your family is lucky to have you! Get some rest and heal up! Your granddaughter is so sweet! Hugs gal!

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LIFEASMRSA 4/23/2009 11:06PM

    she's the sweetest thing ever! and i'm glad you're getting your brother and his wife on the right track for their health!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/23/2009 10:59PM

    You are a gift. Thank you for being AWESOME you.

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...Pam

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JENNIFERK2009 4/23/2009 10:50PM

    What a sweet little one! emoticon

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LITTLEBITNORTH 4/23/2009 10:26PM

    Aw..what a sweet picture. Thank you for sharing. Makes me all OOGY and baby hungry. Thats not a good thing for a Grandma. emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 4/23/2009 10:18PM

    What a blessing you are to your daughter, Ali, your family and us all! I wish you the grace & strength to do what is in the best interest of all involved. Whatever form that takes. Double emoticon

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LLTS01 4/23/2009 10:15PM

    What a beautiful baby and peaceful photo that belies everything you are going through.

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Easter "bunny" of a different kind

Monday, April 13, 2009

My daughter found the bunny ears for Abe's holiday picture. Unfortunately we didn't get them until we saw everyone for dinner at Easter. Abe, on the other hand, has decided to up the ante on future posing. He is demanding extra treats for any future pics or he shall EAT the costume. The second pic is him burrowing his head in my lap in humiliation. My daughter is on the lookout for an Uncle Sam hat and beard for the 4th of July...hehe.

  
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LIFEASMRSA 4/15/2009 10:03AM

    awwww so cute!!!

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SCAROUSEL1 4/14/2009 5:54PM

    Abe is such a good sport... LOVE IT!

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FLUFFBUSTER 4/14/2009 2:44PM

    Too cute!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 4/14/2009 1:19PM

    I love it!

We have two dogs, one is named Moose - or THE Moose, rather.

We call him:

The Moose,
The Moose-iah,
Moose-ifer,
Mooste
r Bunny,
The Moose-inator,
Mickey Moose,

our van is the Moose-mobile,
and we celebrate Christmoose Eve and Christmoose Day.

Dogs rock! Pat Abe on the head for me and tell him I said, "Ruff, grr, woof, woof!"


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KEEPITMOVING 4/14/2009 12:54PM

    what a cutie pie! he's adorable. check out healthy4baby's sparkpage because her baby has rabbit ears on, too. they MUST be cousins-in-law! best regards, nancy
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/14/2009 12:04PM

    So cute! Poor Abe. LOL!

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HEATHHILL 4/14/2009 8:42AM

    Abe is just too cute! And so patient!

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BINEMELLES 4/14/2009 4:05AM

    LOL! i have always been wondering how stoically he endures those humiliations ... he's probably decided he's had enough of it now! guess the easter bunny ears were just tooooo much!
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BCHARIE 4/14/2009 12:51AM

    Awwwwww, Abie baby, you are so cute!!!!

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/13/2009 10:05PM

    I love it!!!! Abe is so cute!!!!! I look forward to the future pics!!!!

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 4/13/2009 9:51PM

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/13/2009 9:37PM

    I'm totally smitten. Abe looks good no matter what he wears.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 4/13/2009 9:14PM

    HAHA! My dog was unhappy with me for being away for a week. My son was here but she was unsettled and hid under the table most of the time.

I spent Easter with 2 bull terriers at my brothers. Blockheads!

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Two Weeks

Monday, March 23, 2009

So my family and close friends have been holding their collective breathes - waiting for the 10 day mark to pass since Ali's birth. Everyone has been frantic to see the new baby as soon as possible. Not easy to do during cold and flu season. But the urgency stems from losing Delaney at 10 days old before most folks had a chance to see her. I have had to work really hard at reassuring folks that this is a new situation - new baby and ultimately we have to do what is best for the baby (which is not exposing the child to the wicked flu/colds going around). I got to go spend a couple hours on Sunday with her. I just sat and held her, fed her and let her sleep. Having her rest on my chest and watching her, reminded me of that Tuesday day I spent with her sister - in the same place and doing the same thing. She looks like her big sister but her poppy (my hubby) keeps chuckling when he looks at her pics and says "she looks like a little boy". Of course I have to exclaim, "hush! she can look good in blue AND pink!" She is quite adorable considering all she wants to do at this point is eat and sleep.

  
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HHUSTON 4/3/2009 1:41PM

    So happy you and your daughter have been blessed!

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MSEMBERSTORM 3/30/2009 2:29PM

    She is so sweet! I believe it will be okay for you. Hugs!

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TRAEVYNN 3/25/2009 4:47PM

    Oh! She is just cute as a bug's ear~! ;)

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/25/2009 6:57AM

    Beautiful Baby!

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LIFEASMRSA 3/25/2009 12:40AM

    she's BEAUTIFUL and such a sweetheart!!! give her lots of hugs and kisses from us Kierae!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BINEMELLES 3/24/2009 5:14PM

    oh the sweetness! how she rests her head on her little fist in the second picture! *cuteness overload* hope she gets through the first weeks without flu or colds. sending hugs to the wonderful grannies!

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ELECTRALYTE 3/24/2009 3:30PM

    What a beautiful baby! And I love her name too! Your so lucky!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/24/2009 1:39PM

    What a beautiful child!

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BECKYLARAE 3/24/2009 12:50PM

    So cute!! emoticon

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RECREATING_SUZY 3/24/2009 10:13AM

    What an absolutely beautiful baby!! but then you knew that. I am still hoping that things go MUCH better with Ali. Hugs to you and her both.

Suzy

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SCAROUSEL1 3/24/2009 12:02AM

    Oh how absolutely precious!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/23/2009 11:10PM

    Check out that face! LOL She's adorable. Congrats.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/23/2009 10:25PM

    This kid is an absolute fox!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!! Makes you want to have ten of them. emoticon

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KIERAE 3/23/2009 9:52PM

    ABSOLUTELY! emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/23/2009 9:51PM

    Nothing better than skin to skin with a piece of your heart--soft, yummy, permabond emoticon

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Ali Grace

Thursday, March 12, 2009

So Miss Aliegh Grace decided to arrive at 36 weeks. She was born Sunday, March 8th at 11:12pm. She weighed in at 5 lbs 15 ounces and measured out at 18.5 inches long. I got the phone call from the hospital at 3pm and managed to make the 3:45pm ferry and got there by 4:30pm. My daughter's initial plan was to have an elective C section but fortunately her doctor and I got her to agree to go for the regular delivery. And she did just great! I think she surprised herself just how well she did (in comparison to Delaney). It kind of helps when the epidural process actually works. Mom and baby got to go home on Tuesday. I went over to see how they were doing. Ali continues to be fairly demonstrative but she doesn't cry much. She cracked me up because she was dreaming and was squishing up her face to cry in her sleep - but never did actually cry.

It's hard having a ferry trip between us. I am just going to have to schedule a weekly visit and budget in the money. My husband still hasn't seen her yet because he has a wicked cold (the one I am managing to keep 90% away). I know he is anxious to see her, undoubtedly fueled by his prior experience with Delaney. He only got to see Delaney on a 30 minute ferry trip 2 days before she went into the hospital. Actually all of us are kinda holding our breath waiting to get past that 10 day mark. So all positive thoughts sent our way is appreciated. Meanwhile, this grandmama is working on blanket for Ali!

  
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BINEMELLES 3/15/2009 3:56PM

    awwwww, so heart-meltingly beautiful! congrats to the new parents and hugs to this proud grandma!

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CRESIDA 3/14/2009 10:46PM

    Congratulations! She's precious. :)

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KIERAE 3/14/2009 1:50PM

    I am crocheting one for her and then pondering what materials (out of my stash) to do a quilt.

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LESLIEJEAN43 3/14/2009 12:27PM

    Congratulations!! She's a beauty! I want to know about the blanket too.....
She is a good size for being a bit early.
I'm sorry there is a ferry trip separating you, but of course you will want to see her as much as possible!
Please keep us posted, and pictures are always great.
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CACO*** 3/13/2009 5:35PM

    Hooray! Congratulations to you and your family on this gorgeous addition. What kind of blanket are you making? Knitted? Quilted? Something else?




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KEEPITMOVING 3/13/2009 11:36AM

    wow! she's adorable! how proud and happy you and your family must be! i'm sending all of my well wishes, positive energy, and only good things your way. congrats, grandma!
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TSOLECKI 3/13/2009 11:23AM

  All congratulations! She is beautiful!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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BECKYLARAE 3/13/2009 9:36AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/13/2009 7:29AM

    What a beautiful child. I hold you all in my thoughts for your/her highest and best. Glad mom found that she had the strength and fortitude to delivery Ali herself. I know you can hardly tear yourself away from her. All the best.

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MSEMBERSTORM 3/12/2009 11:31PM

    So cute and sweet! I am definitely keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

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HUGS2013 3/12/2009 11:06PM

    Oh she is so precious Grandma Kierae! I am waiting with you but she sure look healthy to me so just hoping and praying for the best! Come to my page when you get time I got a fun picture and message for you! You will love it! Keep us posted and post a picture of the blanket too...I must see all cute baby items! Big hugs all around! Love, Deanie

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LIFEASMRSA 3/12/2009 9:25PM

    CONGRATS GRANDMA!!! :D She's soooooo cute!!!!! :D give her a hug and kiss for me and a good wiff of that yummy baby smell! :D

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/12/2009 12:44PM

    What a face! She's adorable, Kierae. Keep us posted on Ali and that blanket you are making.

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