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

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


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

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

  3. 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.”

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

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

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

    Congratulations. Wishing you well.

  6. 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 }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Terrific news! Congratulations to the happy family!

  16. 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. 🙂


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

    Wow! Congrats!

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

    Congratulations to the three of you!

  19. 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.


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

    Mazel tov! Welcome home, Ursula!

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

    Congratulations to you both, and welcome Ursula!

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


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  25. 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

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

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

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

    best wishes for all of you guys! and congratulations!

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

    Warm congrats, Mom and Dad! Patrick

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

    Warm congrats, Mom and Dad! Patrick

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

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

  31. 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!


  32. 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!

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

    Congratulations. I am so glad she is doing well.

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

    Siman tov u’mazel tov!

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

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful!

  36. 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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