I Finally Meet My Grandson

On January 20th my son and I traveled to New Jersey so that I could finally meet Declan Bryant Malone-Caldwell!! I cried when I met him and when I left him.

Finally we meet and he didn't cry but Nana did!

Finally we meet and he didn’t cry but Nana did!

I was so shocked at how big he was and what a beautiful little boy.  He weighs 14 pounds and 12 ounces, he is rarely still unless he’s sleeping and when he talks to us he sounds so serious!!!  I hope you enjoy the pictures I’ve attached of this wonderful little guy that was born almost three months too soon and weighed only two pounds and two ounces in July 2016.

Who is this woman???

Who is this woman???

Nana shows me a book from my cousin Victoria.

Nana shows me a book from my cousin Victoria.

 

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We had a wonderful three days with him and I can’t wait to go for another visit but it truly breaks my heart to leave him.  He is a very happy little boy and his mom said that when he has the final surgery she will feel better traveling any distance with him.  She said she would bring him to the farm when she feels she can safely travel any distance away from his neonatal doctors and his regular physicians.

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Final goodbye from Nana!

Final goodbye from Nana!

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Bye Daddy!

Bye Daddy!

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One last bottle from Daddy before we leave.

One last bottle from Daddy before we leave.

Declan lives about 450 miles from our farm in Virginia and it’s about a 7 1/2 hour drive.  01202017first-visit-from-nana-56 01202017first-visit-from-nana-54 01202017first-visit-from-nana-53Daddy will see you in February and Nana will keep in touch daily!

12 responses to “I Finally Meet My Grandson

  1. Oh how wonderful! I understand the feeling. I got to meet my grandson a couple weeks ago and I just wanted to hold him all the time I was there. It was hard leaving. I guess I will be traveling to California more often now.

    Your pictures say it all. Such love. What a beautiful little boy.

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  2. Oh he is beautiful .. and such a proud Nana!

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  3. He is a beautiful baby. I’m sure your heart swells with pride but has a small twinge that you can’t see him more frequently. Thank goodness for technology. 🙂

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  4. What a true blessing. He’s such a handsome little guy. Very happy for you to finally meet him. So sweet!

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  5. It makes me so happy that you finally were able to see and spend time with Declan. Doesn’t it make your heart feel so good!

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  6. Oh, Rita! How wonderful for you. Love you!

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  7. Oh Rita, how wonderful to learn that you have gotten to hold your new little grandson and spend such quality time with him. The first visits of MANY!

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  8. It was lovely to see you and Shawn. Great photos! So glad he’s such a happy, friendly little boy. I tell him all the time that his Nana loves him — now he knows it’s true 😍

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    • I was shaking all over when we first came into the house and he was sitting in his feeding chair! Being able to hold him, feed him and change him was beyond believable and brought back so many memories of being with Victoria and my own children! He’s a true treasure!! I feel very blessed to have both of you in my life!

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