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Babbs in the Woods: Camo Gramma pays her first visit

I’m in love again. This time it’s with two little girls that together don’t even weigh five pounds: Velma and Bertha, my twin granddaughters who now lie in state-of-the-art incubators in a hospital too far away from my home.

I recently met them and touched them and told them about our upcoming adventures. And how did they react to their Camo Gramma’s first visit? They each gained an ounce and pooped three times in 24 hours. Great stuff.

Their mama is an avid outdoorswoman who will have those girls in hiking boots as soon as they’re walking. Their daddy, our son, also loves the outdoors and will no doubt have the patience of Job combined with the fact that these two will have him wrapped around their little fingers. I saw him hold Velma and then Bertha for the first time since they had been born. I hope to see both of these fine new parents with lots more firsts in their lives. ~Barbara Baird

  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. Her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at https://www.ozarkian.com.


The Conversation

  • Beth Cowgill says: April 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Love this photo! Congratulations on having 3 grand babies now. So exciting!

  • NorCal Cazadora says: August 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Oh, Deb, I’m so glad you said that – I was going to wonder about the sanity of the parents for choosing such names.

    Congratulations, Babbs. Give those girls a few years to toughen up their eardrums and I’ll be happy to take them out duck hunting with me!

    • Women's Outdoor News says: August 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      Ah, NorCal … those are good old family names from our ancestors! Women of character who would tote a 12 ga. anyday with you! Thanks for the offer to take them duck hunting. You know where they really live, so you know that’s not an impossible feat!

  • Tammy Ballew says: August 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a poignant picture with us. How sweet it is!!! I’m so glad you got to go see them and that they got to meet their Camo Gramma!!

  • Nancy Jo Adams says: August 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Simply a miracle!! What a beautiful gift and for you to be a part of that and able to share it with your son and daughter-in-law is a true blessing. I have said prayers daily for Velma and Bertha since you shed the news to me about their early arrival.

    I still think you should have named them Thelma and Louise since I know all too well that from the minute they are old enough, they will be on some wild adventures with their Camo Gramma! 🙂

    Congratulations to the family and I cannot wait to hear and read more about these two little precious girls!!

    Nancy Jo

  • Dawn Gribb says: August 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Congrats Babbs! Can’t wait to hear the adventures. Do they make camo onezies that small? That is so cool!

  • Deb Ferns says: August 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    First of all I know their names are not Velma & Bertha and sometime down the road I think your grand-daughters will be giving you the “look” when they find out you nicknamed them that. But that said I DO understand the need for privacy on these precious new (and very tiny) lives. What a blessing that you were able to go and touch their little hands and can’t wait for a few years down the road when Camo Grandmom is walking with them out to the fields in Missouri!

    • Women's Outdoor News says: August 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      Now Deb, you know I’m just trying to toughen them up early in life. Yeah, I’m looking forward to being outdoors with the girls, too. For now, though, they ust need to keep growing … thanks for all your good wishes, everyone!