Orla can't get enough of baby Lucas!
Baby Lucas, my 6th grandchild, was born about 10 days late, heavy and after a prolonged labour. Additionally, quite common in the circumstances, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. He had fluid in his lungs, had some difficulty breathing and was too weak to suckle. He couldn't go home. After a couple of days in hospital, he contracted a chest infection and had to be treated with antibiotics.
It was over a week before he got home, and next day Marie and I and the children went to Collette's home to introduce ourselves to the baby. That was a couple of days ago. Lucas was unimpressed with our visit, but we were so impressed by him! He's beautiful!
Parents Collette and Neil seem to be totally baby orientated, so Lucas is certain of a good home. Marie and I, and sisters Colleen and Carla have all volunteered to babysit just as soon as Collette and Neil will let us!
Everyone related to the happy couple has been to see him by now - except Collette's mother, my 2nd wife (ex-wife, actually). Although Collette is her youngest child and Lucas is her first grandchild, she hasn't yet made time to visit them - nor has she any definite plans to do so. I hope Collette doesn't feel too let down by this. However, Collette and I have, and have always had, a very strong bond. She knows that her siblings, Marie and I really value her and her baby, and we'll always be there for them.