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Our New Grandson


(If you read this blog post before Saturday evening at 9:45 EST, you didn't see the latest pictures I was able to get this evening. I've added them at the end of this blog post.)

Friday, March 9, our phone rang at 1:50 a.m. It was our son-in-law Jim calling to let us know that they were at the hospital and that our grandson would probably be born soon. This came as quite a shock to us because the due date was not until April 22, six and a half weeks later. Jim said that Megan had been diagnosed with severe preeclampsia - her blood pressure was quite high and it was affecting her liver especially. Since she and the baby were both in grave danger, they did an emergency C-section. Jim called to let us know that Andrew James (they're calling him Drew) had been born at 3:40 a.m., and Mom and baby were both doing well and recovering. At birth Drew weighed 3 lbs. 15 oz., was 17 inches long, and had some dark hair.

Becka and I decided during those sleepless, prayerful hours during the rest of that night that we would drive up to Detroit this weekend to see everyone, going part way Friday and the rest of the way up on Saturday morning. Then I would drive back alone on Sunday, she would spend the week up here, and that I would come back next weekend. When my dear friend Bruce Byers heard our plan, he insisted on covering my afternoon classes so that we could get on the road 4 hours earlier. This enabled us to drive all the way on Friday, arriving at a little after midnight, utterly exhausted but happy to be at this end of the trip. Bruce's kindness gives me the whole day here today before starting the trip home tomorrow. What a blessing this has been!

We went to the hospital to see everyone first thing this morning. Megan is still in pretty rough shape and has quite a bit of recovery ahead of her. It's good that Becka can be here all week with her. Our little grandson Drew is so beautiful and such a gift from the Lord! My eyes are welling up with tears as I type this. When I think how close we came to losing them both, it's just overwhelming. I can't begin to describe everything in my heart and mind as I hugged Megan and as I held my precious grandson this morning for the first time! All I can say is "God is so good!"

I'm putting two pictures below from this morning - one of Jim and Drew and one of me holding Drew. We'll go back later this afternoon, and I'll add pictures as I can.

Presenting baby Drew...

picture of Andrew James

Megan and Drew...

picture of Megan and Drew

Jim and Drew...

picture of Jim and Drew

Grandma Loach and Drew...

picture of Grandma and Drew

Grandpa Loach and Drew...

picture of Grandpa and Drew

Look how little his hands are!

picture of such little hands

More as this exciting new chapter in our lives unfolds! You'll have to bear with me - I'm a first-time grandfather! Much yet to learn and experience.... 8-)

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

"Let your life be a chronicle of the activity of God." - Dr. Drew Conley


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31 Comments on “Our New Grandson”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations!

  2. #2 Linda
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    There is nothing like the wonderful feeling of being a grandparent.
    We are expecting grandchild #2 in September.
    Congratulations to all of you!

  3. #3 Susan
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your IV’s! Thanks so much for all you do to put a smile on so many peoples faces.

    Your grandson is just perfect! Oh, this is such a wonderful time in your life. Just watch how much he will “spoil you”!!

    From a very proud grandmother,

    Susan

  4. #4 David McGuire
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    When your wife gives birth to a new child, it’s a wonderful experience, but when one of your children (or their spouse) gives birth, it’s a whole new ball game. Nancy and I have shed tears of joy when we have seen our new grandchildren, so it’s a natural and normal reaction. We thank the Lord that He preserved the lives of your daughter Megan and grandson Drew. By the way, you and Becka will learn how to be grandparents very rapidly; there’s a very short learning curve. Our prayers are with you.

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Oh oh oh!!! He’s so sweet! I melt into a small puddle at almost any baby, but the grandson of my French teacher?! Let’s just say I hope they visit down here sometime so I can see him for real. Thanks for sharing! Megan will be in my prayers.

  6. #6 Dan & Betty Lacey
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    How exciting! We are thrilled at the goodness of God in the lives of those you love. Praise the Lord for the safe delivery of little Drew, and welcome to the Grandparents’ club! Betty

  7. #7 Ted Taylor
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    The Lord is good-all the time!

    Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
    For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

  8. #8 Ellen H
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Congratulations! We just had our 3rd bundle of joy in Dec. Our first child came 3 weeks early and weighed 4 lbs 12 oz. So glad that you were able to go up for a quick visit. My in-laws say that being a grandparent is almost better than a parent–much less responsibility but lots of fun! :o)

  9. #9 Sherry D.
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    M. Loach, I am so so so happy for you. He looks adorable. I’m praising the Lord that your daughter is fine, as well. What a blessing. You and Mama Loach are going to be wonderful grandparents. I can picture your beaming, tear-streaked faces as you first see him. What a wonderful, joyous blessing for you all.

    Sincerest congratulations!

  10. #10 Sharon Letasz Jones
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Rob (May I call you that…even though you were my high school teacher??),
    Congratulations on your new grandson!!!! What a joy and a blessing!
    We will keep your daughter and Drew in our prayers. Please continue to update us on your “Blague.”

  11. #11 Scott
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats to the new parents and new grandparents!
    Drew looks “cute as a bug.” Megan and Jim, life will never be the same . . but it will be better;0) We will pray for continued recovery and good health for both mom and baby. Take care of the fam, Jim.
    Love, Uncle Scott & Aunt Cathy

  12. #12 Patty Anglea
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations to all! What a wonderful testimony of God’s grace!

    Oh, and keep posting the pictures – there’s no such thing as too many cute baby pictures – no matter how many children or grandchildren you have!

  13. #13 Megan Dooley Fuller
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I will be praying for Megan and Drew. Shannon keeps me posted on the news, and I am thrilled to be introduced to this website. The pictures are beautiful, and I will be praying for Professor Loach’s return trip Sunday.
    Ps – my children are learning French now. Thank you for lighting a fire in me!

  14. #14 Sarah Barker
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Oh my, what a sweetie. Please let Megan know I will be praying for her. Eight months ago we had Jonas 6 weeks early. Having your baby wisked away to the NICU is not easy, and it is even more difficult leaving the hospital and going home without him. Praise the Lord we have a very healthy baby boy who has never been sick. God is good!
    Sarah Barker

  15. #15 Kristalyn Lovegrove
    on Mar 10th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Mr. Loach,
    I am excited for you, your wife , and Megan. Tell Megan congratulations for me. I will be praying for her. I can’t imagine having to recover from major surgery and being a first time mom. God bless.
    from california,
    Kristalyn

  16. #16 Dave & Becky
    on Mar 11th, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Congratulations!!

  17. #17 Mary Jo Hostetler
    on Mar 11th, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Congratulations!!! Beautiful baby and family pictures.

  18. #18 huhta
    on Mar 11th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Congratulations! I will be praying for all of you during this time. It’s a comfort to know that our Lord cares for this little one more than anyone else!
    Ps. 62:1

    ~Heather

  19. #19 Eileen
    on Mar 11th, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Félicitations! Je loue l’Éternel pour sa miséricorde envers toi et ta famille! Je suis si heureuse pour toi et Mme Loach. Je continue à prier pour Megan et Drew, et toute la famille. en bon québecois… ” Enjoy “! et que Dieu vous bénisse, vous-autres. :)

  20. #20 Creig and Karen
    on Mar 11th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Congratulations. I thought we had you beat by a couple weeks. Sounds like Megan had a good and wise physician. Praise the Great Physician. He truly is the Creator and Sustainer of Life.

  21. #21 Jean (tuxedomama)
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 2:34 am

    I am also adding my best wishes and my prayers to your growing family. All is wonderful with God leading the way.

    I look forward to visiting your site to watch Drew and his parents grow together as they learn from one another.

  22. #22 Laura
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Oh, Mr. Loach! He is beautiful! We are so happy for all of you. Congratulations! All I could think of when I saw Megan as a woman was “God is faithful!” May HE bless your generations!

    Laura in Greensboro

  23. #23 Sunny
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful baby boy. Congratulations!

    I have received your IV’s for close to a year now, and look forward to them immensly. Today’s brought tears to my eyes. My family will include yours in our listing of thank you’s when we pray tonight.

  24. #24 Debbie Wothe
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations! Praise the Lord for the safety of both mother and son. What a blessing for you and your family. So happy for you.

  25. #25 Sara Bennett Griggers
    on Mar 12th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Oh Mr. Loach! How absolutely wonderful that little Mr. Drew is here safe and sound. I delivered our firstborn 2 weeks early because my kidneys and liver were also beginning to shutdown as a result of preeclempsia. Scary stuff. But God is so good. Many, many congratulations to the entire Loach gang. I know Drew is going to be well taken care of not just by Jim and Megan, but by Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Nora, and Uncle Mark! This is such a fun and exciting time for you all. Enjoy!

  26. #26 Mary Ries
    on Mar 13th, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Rob – I haven’t caught you at home, but know you are very tired this week. Just wanted to say congratulations on the new arrival. I have and will continue to keep Megan, Jim and Drew in my prayers, and you and Nora for safe travels this week. Hope all continues to go well!

  27. #27 Lara
    on Mar 13th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations! Drew is going to have a lot of fun with Grandpa.

    (So are you already preparing to teach him to speak French? ;) )

    Grandpa adds:

    Since I won’t see him frequently enough to bring him along much in French, I’ll have to leave that to Megan…. 8-)

  28. #28 Lois Overstreet Ferrell
    on Mar 13th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    It makes me feel so old when I see Megan with a little one! I remember being at BJU years ago and she was so young then – my, how time flies!!!! God is good, that’s for sure. I also had our last one via a battle of preeclemsia. Both Leslie and I almost died. I was told that Leslie wouldn’t live to be 6 months old, but through prayer and God’s healing hand Leslie will turn 11 on March 24th. We’ll be praying for all of you – ENJOY!!!!!!!!

  29. #29 James and Suzanne Hood
    on Mar 13th, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulations, Grandpa and Grandma Loach!

    Thanks for sharing information and pictures. He’s adorable (both in English and in French :>) ). We will be praying for Jim, Megan and Andrew, as well as for you. We’ve heard that being grandparents is a wonderful blessing, and we’ll be praying that the Lord will use your wisdom to add in the development of Drew’s life.

  30. #30 Tim & Marsha Weeks
    on Mar 14th, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Rob & Becca,
    What a joy for you folks. We have only been grandparents now, let’s see, oh around 18 months. Our Benjamin is now talking and walking. The newness still hasn’t worn off, nor should it. Have fun, because, before you know it they grow up FAST!!!
    May the Lord give you all His peace in the midst of all the unknowns.

  31. #31 Jeff Hollon
    on Mar 17th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Herr,
    Just a quick note of congratulations! Also, just in case you might need anything and happen to be with the DMC branch of Detroit Hospitals, my wife, Wendy, works at Children’s in Detroit. Let us know if we can assist in any way whatsoever! Jeff

    Rob adds…
    Danke, Jeff! We’ll definitely remember that! 8-)


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