Toddler creative play

Joy of joys! I have become a grandmother twice in the last 3 days! We had the privilege of being awakened at 2 AM to hear that our daughter-in-law, Katie was going into labor 3 weeks early! After an exciting, sleepless night, Benjamin Shepherd Artemenko arrived , at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. We hopped in the car and drove the 11 hours to North Carolina to help out with big brother, Will, 18 months.

So far our outings have included the beach, the gardens, a ride around the neighborhood on his tractor, and dinner out with the “new” family. Being called “Sh” is music to my ears, and I am happily collecting hugs and kisses. Basically we wear ourselves out playing with Will, and then fall asleep holding baby Ben.

Three nights later, as only a son could do, Andrew announced that his wife, Laura, was in labor and at the hospital by text-messaging us! We waited anxiously until he called an hour later to say our first granddaughter—and first Artemenko girl in 2 generations—had been born. Caroline Anne Artemenko weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces.  Both moms are doing well for which we are thankful.