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38 Weeks: She's Home!

Olivia is home!!! Our sweet little girl is doing great - and Reid and I couldn't be more proud of her! We can't thank everyone enough for your love and support over the last 101 days. I plan to post all of the coming home details over the next couple of days. For now, I'll leave you with a glimpse of our daughter...

Olivia Bain Grandle

Born on April 6, 2012
1 lb 5 oz
12.4 inches long

Home on July 16, 2012
6 lb 0 oz
17.5 inches long






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  1. Wonderful news!! Congrats, you guys! :)

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  2. Praise GOD for such wonderful news! You can definitely tell she's filling out! What a precious gift you've been given!

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  3. Oh my, Mary Virginia! This is absolutely wonderful!!!! And of course as soon as I opened up to your blog, our radio station turned 10,000 Reasons on, and I'm in tears! Bless the Lord, O my soul! Worship His Holy Name. Sing like NEVER before! Happy Homecoming, Olivia!

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  4. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is just beyond awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Oh my goodness!!! I am SO thrilled for all of you!! I was just talking to my mom about your sweet little one! She has an amazing story and I'm thankful to have "watched" it unfold! Congrats you three! <3

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  6. So glad she is home with you! Isn't that the best feeling in the world when you walk out of that hospital with your sweet baby in your arms! She is where she belongs, at home with you guys! Enjoy every moment!

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  7. Yay! Welcome home beautiful girl!

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  8. Welcome Home Olivia! Way to go! You are beautiful. I'm so excited for you and your family. God's Blessings! Teralyn

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  9. That is so amazing. Congratulations!

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  10. This made me cry! SO SO SO happy for you!!!!! :) :) She looks great. Congrats!

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  11. What a wonderful day!! She is beautiful!

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  12. She is just beautiful! Congratulations!

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  13. Congratulations!!! I know how much this means to you!! My little one was born 3 days later (4/9) at 1.2lbs. I'm hoping she'll be home in the next couple of weeks.

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  14. Yay!! Congratulations!!! :)

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  15. Amazing! Wonderful!! She is beautiful!!! I read every post you write and have been so rooting for olivia...i don't comment all the time...but I (and many of us) are out here, thinking of you and your precious family.

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  16. Praise the Lord!! SO happy for you all! Such wonderful news :)

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  17. This is wonderful news. You have been through so much but you have touched so many of us out here that are strangers to you but your story has been such an inspiration to me. You make me want to be a better Mother, wife, daughter and friend with the strength and courgage you ignite. You are an amazing woman and mother. Thanks for sharing your difficult journey with all of us. Your baby girl is just as strong as her Mother and Father and God is protecting you all.

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  18. I have been checking in to see Olivia's progress!! What a joy to know she is home!!!! I continue to pray for you and your great loss. May God give you great peace!!

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  19. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful day!

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  20. I'm so happy for you all!! Thank G-d. While I know you will always love and miss the girls who are missing..... enjoy Olivia!!

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