And baby makes five... generations
A SWINDON family have welcomed their fifth generation after baby Taylan Lowe was born last month.
Little Taylan is the fifth living member on his mother’s side of the family, with his great-great-grandmother, Elsie Dunn, aged 94, welcoming the news of his arrival with delight.
Taylan’s dad, Simon, said: “When we brought the little one round she was so happy to see him.
“She was getting him loads of little presents before he was born because she was worried she wouldn’t make it. It means so much to her to see him.”
Taylan’s mother, Vicky, 27, is the first born child of Mark Lewis, 51, who is the first born of Norma Lewis, 69, who was also the first born of Elsie.
Norma, who lives with her husband, Glyn, in Royal Wootton Bassett, said: “It’s exciting to have Taylan and to know there are now five generations of my family living. It’s a different feeling from having grandchildren and my mother, Elsie, is delighted as well. She’s over the moon. It was a lovely feeling when Taylan was born.”
Great-grandad Glyn, 75, welcomed the little one’s arrival by knitting him a shawl, decades after knitting one for the baby’s mother when she was born.
Vicky, who married Simon two years ago, said: “My granddad knitted me a shawl when I was a baby and the Adver took a picture then and we went in the newspaper.
“I was really pleased that he also knitted a shawl for Taylan, as it is really unusual to find a grandad that can knit, normally it’s grandmothers.
“It’s quite a big shawl and it’s really nice. It keeps him really warm.”
Taylan left the hospital in the new shawl, which is yellow and has a diamond pattern running through it.
Vicky’s shawl was covered in Christmas trees and had a serrated edge.
Glyn said: “I was over the moon when she asked me this time. I was so pleased she wanted me to knit one for him. It was nice to do it for her first born. The baby is always wrapped up in it now.”
Glyn started knitting in his 20s after he slipped a disc and found himself stuck at home wrapped up in plaster.
He said: “In those days you were put in plaster and you couldn’t do anything, you had to stay at home and sit. I was so bored. The wife threw me a ball of wool and some knitting needles and I’ve been knitting ever since.”
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