Small Beer, little baby

Wed 20 May 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | 86 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant are the proud parents of a baby daughter. Ursula Annabel Link Grant, originally due on June 16, showed up three and a half months early. Born on February 23rd, 2009, Ursula weighed 1 lb 9 ounces and has spent the last three months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
We expect to bring Ursula, who is currently well over 4 lbs, home in about two weeks. Right now we’re very thankful for the fabulous NICU nurses and doctors, the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, the support of our friends and family, and also that we have health insurance.

Small Beer Press’s generous parental leave policies mean that Kelly and Gavin will take some time off in the next year or two. The latest issue of LCRW has been delayed until summer but otherwise everything should remain on schedule. Because premature babies don’t travel well, our travel schedule will be curtailed for the foreseeable future. We will post pictures in a couple of weeks.


86 Responses to “Small Beer, little baby”

  1. Ben Parzybok on May 20th, 2009 12:50 pm

    Super huge congratulations to you two. Can’t wait to get a chance to meet her in person one of these days.

  2. Graham on May 20th, 2009 12:54 pm

    Great news; am so pleased for all of you.

  3. Phiala on May 20th, 2009 1:05 pm

    Congrats, and best of luck! Ursula has me beat by a bit, but also has thirty-something years of medical advances to benefit from. I was 2lb 2oz, 39 years ago. I was expected to be retarded and infirm, but instead am healthy, and have a PhD in biology. Just some encouragement that Ursula can likewise grow out of her problems.

  4. Alex D M on May 20th, 2009 1:11 pm

    Awesome news! Very good to hear the wee one is doing well despite the early arrival.

  5. ghg on May 20th, 2009 1:21 pm

    Oh my goodness.

    I’m deleriously happy for all three of you!

  6. Genevieve on May 20th, 2009 1:25 pm

    Congratulations to you two; I’m so glad to hear Ursula is doing well.

  7. Grá Linnaea on May 20th, 2009 1:59 pm


    That is the best news! Congratulations to you both!


    Hugs all around,

  8. Megan on May 20th, 2009 2:02 pm


    Enormous congratulations, felicitations, and best wishes! Ursula Annabel Link Grant is possibly one of the best names I’ve ever heard.

  9. Dave Schwartz on May 20th, 2009 2:07 pm

    Please ask Ursula if she would like anything from the Dealer’s Room.


  10. Kim Kofmel on May 20th, 2009 2:27 pm

    Congratulations! And welcome Ursula!

  11. Kat on May 20th, 2009 2:31 pm

    Congratulations. Much love and happiness to all of you.

  12. Fred on May 20th, 2009 2:35 pm

    Wow, congratulations! That’s terrific news!

  13. Tim Pratt on May 20th, 2009 2:38 pm

    Hurray and congratulations!

  14. Valerie in San Diego on May 20th, 2009 2:51 pm

    Wow — didn’t know you were dealing with all this in the background. It has got to have been a stressful time. The best of all wishes (even three magic ones, if that would suit) to Ursula and her family for a healthy and happy life from here on!

  15. Eric Rosenfield on May 20th, 2009 3:01 pm

    Wow, congratulations!

  16. Stefani Nellen on May 20th, 2009 3:09 pm

    Wow — Congratulations!
    I know someone who was born prematurely, and she’s so tough and healthy. Best wishes to the new family!

  17. Therese on May 20th, 2009 3:49 pm

    Hugest and warmest congratulations! So happy for all three of you.

  18. Matt Kressel on May 20th, 2009 3:55 pm

    Congratulations! Now you have an excuse why you don’t come to KGB anymore. 😉

  19. Mr. Cavin on May 20th, 2009 4:05 pm

    Awesome. I imagine that you’ve been feeling kind of overwhelmed for months. I’m sure things have been scary and important. I am glad to find that your confidence has advanced past the point of publicity. Now that we are all sharing this with you, now you can be overwhelmed in a better way.

    All my love.

  20. Charles Tan on May 20th, 2009 4:32 pm


  21. Karen on May 20th, 2009 4:35 pm

    Congratulations! What marvellous news!

  22. lcrw on May 20th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Thank you for the lovely notes. As you might be able to tell, I am running around and not keeping up online as much as I might once have! And Ursula isn’t even home yet…

  23. Victoria McManus on May 20th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Hurray! I’m so happy for all of you!

  24. Sarah Beth Durst on May 20th, 2009 5:14 pm

    So glad to hear Ursula is doing well! You guys have been in my thoughts.

    Best wishes and many congratulations!

  25. heather w on May 20th, 2009 5:50 pm

    hooray! best wishes to all!

  26. Paul Berger on May 20th, 2009 6:05 pm

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations to all three of you!

  27. Lois Ava-Matthew on May 20th, 2009 6:18 pm

    Congratulations to you both! We will anxiously await pictures of the little one! XXX

  28. Jennifer Pelland on May 20th, 2009 6:46 pm

    Congratulations to the three of you. I’ll be sure to raise a glass in your honor at WisCon this weekend.

  29. Hannah Wolf Bowen on May 20th, 2009 7:58 pm

    Congratulations to all concerned, and happy belated birthday to the kiddo!

  30. Dan A on May 20th, 2009 8:01 pm


  31. Greg McElhatton on May 20th, 2009 8:12 pm

    Oh, wow. Congratulations on the wonderful news with Ursula about to come home.

  32. CAAF on May 20th, 2009 8:14 pm

    What happy news! Many congratulations to the three of you, and happy nesting when she is home!

  33. Lauren on May 20th, 2009 8:27 pm

    Christ, adventures already! And what a fierce and bearlike name for such a small person. Joy all around, & congratulations.

  34. Dan Wickett on May 20th, 2009 11:16 pm

    Congratulations! Awesome name and obviously a fighter.

  35. Rose Fox on May 21st, 2009 12:47 am

    That’s fabulous! Congratulations! I hope she continues to do well.

    Of course she’ll be known to one and all as Ursula A. L’Grant.

  36. Steph Burgis on May 21st, 2009 4:07 am

    Congratulations! I’m so glad she’s safely home from the hospital. Please give her an extra hug from us!

  37. Oz on May 21st, 2009 5:49 am

    I’ve been holding my breath, crossing my fingers, for a very long time, trusting in the medical profession of western Mass. I’m very pleased that we may now offer our congratulations on the birth of Ursula. We’ll miss seeing you both at cons, but this is a very special time in Ursula’s life that only comes once.

    Best to you both,

  38. will alexander on May 21st, 2009 9:33 am

    Hugs to all!

  39. Sean Markey on May 21st, 2009 10:27 am

    Wowzers. congrats to both of you! :)

    All the best,

  40. James on May 21st, 2009 12:13 pm

    Fantastic news! I’m enormously glad for all of you.

  41. Erik on May 21st, 2009 12:21 pm


  42. Sara on May 21st, 2009 12:27 pm

    Congratulations! and thanks to both of you for thoughtfully producing a new reader for our children’s books. Hope little Ursula is drawing up her wish list… —Sara and NYRB staff

  43. Jackie M. on May 21st, 2009 12:39 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so glad she’s doing well and is almost ready to come home. And ditto on the health insurance. Tell little Ursula she doesn’t have to be a genius like her parents. She can do her own thing…

  44. Greg van Eekhout on May 21st, 2009 12:45 pm

    My warmest congratulations to all thee of you!

  45. Bob Scheffel on May 21st, 2009 4:46 pm

    I had no idea! Guess we won’t see you at BookExpo, but what a wonderful reason! Congratulations to you all!

  46. Kathleen on May 21st, 2009 7:43 pm

    Oh, congratulations! I’ve been hoping everything was going well.

  47. Jason Erik Lundberg on May 21st, 2009 8:07 pm

    Holy crap, you guys, I had no idea! Big congratulations on the birth of Ursula Annabel, and best wishes for a healthy and happy childhood.

  48. Craig Gidney on May 21st, 2009 9:29 pm

    Welcome to the world, Ursula!

  49. Derryl Murphy on May 21st, 2009 10:30 pm

    Wow, that’s great news! I’ll bet you’re just counting down not only the days but the hours and minutes until Ursula comes home. Congrats!

    We’ll see a picture soon, yes?


  50. Greer Gilman on May 21st, 2009 11:17 pm

    It’s been a long hard journey, but the gates are about to swing wide. There should be music.

    Welcome home, Little Bear.


  51. Deborah Roggie on May 22nd, 2009 9:40 am

    Oh, how wonderful! Congratulations to you both. And welcome to the world, little Ursula!


  52. Bill Shunn on May 22nd, 2009 9:53 am

    Good news! Glad she’ll soon be home where she belongs.

  53. Eric Schaller on May 22nd, 2009 10:57 am

    Congratulations! Great news and a happy home-coming. “Little Bear” seems suspiciously close to “Small Beer.”

  54. Sean on May 22nd, 2009 1:47 pm

    Congratulations, and praise to modern medicine. My best to all of you.

  55. Paolo on May 22nd, 2009 4:35 pm

    Congratulations. Wishing you well.

  56. Colleen Lindsay on May 22nd, 2009 4:40 pm

    Congratulations to both of you; sending much love your way. If there’s anything I can do to help from here, please let me know. (My niece was born at a little under four pounds; I know how hard it is to find diapers that size!!!)

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ hugs }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  57. Kameron Hurley on May 22nd, 2009 4:54 pm

    Oh my goodness! Supercongratulations to the whole family. Really happy for you guys. I, too, am thankful that you have health insurance! It literally makes all the difference, in every way that matters.

  58. Ken Schneyer on May 22nd, 2009 5:06 pm

    Marvelous news! I can only imagine the nail-biting you two were doing in between times. Lovely, joyful outcome. Welcome, Ursula!

  59. Matt Forbeck on May 22nd, 2009 5:36 pm

    Congratulations! I know you must have been terrified, but that’s a wonderful result. My wife had quadruplets 11 weeks early, and our littlest started out at 1 pound 8 ounces. Now she and her brothers are about to turn 7 years old.

    Anyhow, I hope all three of you are well, and I’m thrilled you’re all finally home together!

  60. Curtiss Hayden on May 22nd, 2009 5:57 pm

    Resounding congratulations, Gavin and Kelly. I am so deeply elated, and offer my vast blesings and felicitations. Big hugs to you both.

  61. Trent Hergenrader on May 22nd, 2009 5:57 pm

    Super congrats and happy homecoming! We’re celebrating our first little one too, born 5/4/09.

  62. tobias Buckell on May 22nd, 2009 6:24 pm


  63. Heather Shaw on May 22nd, 2009 6:27 pm

    Huge congrats! So glad she’s gonna get to come home with you guys, soon!

  64. Jenni Gaynor on May 22nd, 2009 10:38 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! And wishing you three all the best!

  65. Peggy Hailey on May 22nd, 2009 11:27 pm

    Terrific news! Congratulations to the happy family!

  66. Christopher Green on May 23rd, 2009 7:09 am

    Incredible news. I’m so happy for both of you, and I can’t think of two cooler parents. :)


  67. Deborah Green on May 23rd, 2009 10:01 am

    Wow! Congrats!

  68. Eric Gregory on May 23rd, 2009 8:31 pm

    Congratulations to the three of you!

  69. Lyn Battersby on May 23rd, 2009 8:55 pm

    And a big congratulations to you from me too. All the best, now and for the future.


  70. Leslie What on May 23rd, 2009 10:39 pm

    Mazel tov! Welcome home, Ursula!

  71. Jess Irwin on May 23rd, 2009 11:09 pm

    Congratulations to you both, and welcome Ursula!

  72. Tom Doyle on May 23rd, 2009 11:16 pm


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  75. Jeff Soesbe (yeff) on June 1st, 2009 1:20 pm

    Congratulations! My daughters are now 15 and 9, but I still remember the “new baby girl” days fondly.

    Best wishes to the family for continued good health!

    – yeff

  76. Linda Dunn on June 1st, 2009 8:53 pm

    Welcome to the world and best wishes for a happy life.

  77. Meg on June 4th, 2009 6:13 am

    best wishes for all of you guys! and congratulations!

  78. Patrick O'Leary on June 7th, 2009 11:32 am

    Warm congrats, Mom and Dad! Patrick

  79. Patrick O'Leary on June 7th, 2009 11:32 am

    Warm congrats, Mom and Dad! Patrick

  80. Sydney Duncan on June 13th, 2009 12:52 pm

    So happy for you two — make that three! Yay! **greatest joy**

  81. Kerrie (Colantonio) McNay on June 29th, 2009 4:23 pm

    Oooo, another interstitial wee one in the area! Congrats!

    Baby What’s-His-Name-McNay sends dandelion wishes to little Ursula! (And so do his parents!)

    Perhaps once they are both home (he’s a week and a half late so far), they can have steampunk, urban faerie, goblin hunting, parents-brains-for-breakfast play dates at the Botanic Gardens and Pratt and such!


  82. mary Turzillo on September 10th, 2009 9:10 am

    Oh, how very very cool! I hope you have the time to ENJOY Ursula. Babies are sometimes so much worry and work that you don’t have the time to just sit and enjoy that wonderful new little shiny warm soul. Little, did I say? A soul as big as the universe. Welcome to the world, Ursula. Keep them parents in line!

  83. Beth Plutchak on September 10th, 2009 9:25 am

    Congratulations. I am so glad she is doing well.

  84. Dave Nelson on September 10th, 2009 4:54 pm

    Siman tov u’mazel tov!

  85. Luke Schubert on September 10th, 2009 9:39 pm

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful!

  86. Ursula Pflug on September 11th, 2009 7:37 am

    My dog’s name is Annabelle!

    My daughter’s dog’s name is Ursula!

    Huge congratulations!

    Enjoy the love.

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