We’re Grandparents!

Cindy and I left Aruba as the ordinary parents of three wonderful children. However, when we return we will do so having been transformed into proud grandparents! Two days ago, on September 10th, at 2:40 p.m., a 7 lb 13 oz, 21.25″ long beautiful baby boy entered this world. His name is James Anthony Elias Carey, God’s gift to our son, Jeremy, and his wife, Fran.

Mother and two Grandmas awaiting delivery.  Unbeknown to the trio, Fran would be in labor within about 12 hours.

Mother and two Grandmas awaiting delivery. Unbeknown to the trio, Fran would be in labor within about 12 hours.

Prepare yourself for multiple photos of a most beautiful baby!

Prepare yourself for multiple photos of a most beautiful baby!

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I was fortunate to be able to hold him in my arms for a little while yesterday. He made his grand entrance almost a week late, barely in time for me to see him in person. Fran’s due date was the 4th. I had scheduled time in California in between two strings of shifts in the emergency department in Florida. So, Sweet Baby James came just in time for me to say my hellos prior to flying back to the east coast. As I write this on the plane flying 35,000 feet in the air just north of Yosemite, my heart is filled with joy over his recent arrival and longing for the next opportunity to renew our young acquaintance. Cindy has remained behind to enjoy a few more days of James’ company and to offer help to Fran and Jeremy as needed. Nine days from now, she and I will meet up in Atlanta to board our plane back to the tropics.

Proud parents and grandparents

Proud parents and grandparents

Jeremy, Fran, and their bundle of joy.

Jeremy, Fran, and their bundle of joy.

Maw-maw is very happy!

Maw-maw is very happy!

Listening attentively to a lullaby.

Listening attentively to a lullaby.

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Nana Heather, Fran's mother, flew in from Florida for the grand event.

Nana Heather, Fran’s mother, flew in from Florida for the grand event.

Since our last Beatitude update, we’ve both flown to Vero Beach for a week. There, I worked in a new hospital (for me), Indian River Medical Center for six shifts while Cindy was able to travel to Lakeland to catch up with friends for a few days. Last Wednesday, we flew to California to await the birth of our grandson (by the way, our first grandchild). We were able to hang out with our son and daughter-in-law for a few days before the grand event occurred. Now, I am on my way back to Florida for another week of shifts in the hospital before our return to the Caribbean.

My little "troll."  We have enjoyed a couple of movies while here.  The excellent, new "Ben Hur" and the also excellent "Sully."

My little “troll.” We have enjoyed a couple of movies while here. The excellent, new “Ben Hur” and the also excellent “Sully.”

Sunday morning worship at St. Michael and All the Angels Church in Concord, CA

Sunday morning worship at St. Michael and All the Angels Church in Concord, CA

I miss our home, Beatitude, which awaits our return to Aruba. It cannot come soon enough. I yearn for the sea and the sun, the birds and the fishes, and the adventure and excitement of our life on the water.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Carey

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Carey

Three Generations of Careys

Three Generations of Careys

20 thoughts on “We’re Grandparents!

  1. Becoming a grandparent is an exciting time. Enjoy every oicyure, memory and second you can with your new bundle of joy. As he gets older time will become more fun. I became a grandma (mee-maw) 4 years ago and never new my heart could hold a love for someone more than my children. Congrats Dr. Carey and your family on the new precious baby James.

  2. What a precious little blessing! So happy for you al! So thankful he made his arrival in time to meet Pawpaw Barry before he left! He is soooo adorable !!

  3. Someone once told me, “The only thing in life that is NOT overrated is being a grandparent”. So happy for you two to have such a beautiful grandchild…blessings to you all…..I must say that little boy is blessed to have such grandparents!

  4. Congratulations all round to the Carey family. James certainly has a lot of hair, more than any of my three put together!
    Enjoy your family time Cindy and I hope your ER work goes well Barry prior to your return to Aruba. God bless you all Xxx

  5. Thank you for sharing this very precious family time, with these wonderful pictures. I certainly agree with all of the above statements about the joy and pride of grand-parenting!
    Love you both.

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