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North Carolina grandma-to-be waits on hospital lawn for news of newborn baby

Nothing was going to stop this mom from meeting her grandbaby.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Neither protests nor a pandemic could prevent Kim Larrimore from supporting her son and daughter-in-law on Monday morning. 

Larrimore's daughter-in-law, Jordan Overton, arrived at the Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital early in the morning ready to have a baby. The Winston-Salem native wanted to show support, but she knew visitors were not allowed inside the hospital because of the coronavirus risk.

Then the grandma-to-be had an idea. At 5:30 a.m., Larrimore showed up in front of the hospital with a chair, a tiara and signs.

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A large patch of grass in front of the building caught her eye.

“Now that’s a thought,” Larrimore recalled thinking.

After asking the security guards for permission, she posted up in the courtyard, and waited for good news.

From the inside, a nurse saw the tiara-clad woman waving from the grass and motioned to Ben Overton, Larrimore's son.

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“That would be my mom,” Ben, sighed.

Larrimore didn't spend all morning alone on the yard.

“The staff has been great. I can’t tell you how many people have asked if I needed anything, water or an umbrella. It’s been great," she said.

By early afternoon, more family joined her. Jordan’s parents, her grandmother and her sister arrived. Ben’s brother and a few friends came over.

Larrimore's signs proved to be vital for communication with Ben and Jordan.  

The big question: “Girl or Boy?”

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Just after 3 p.m., she got her answer—a boy: Roan Wallace Overton. The middle name is in honor of Larrimore’s late father. 

 “In this time of darkness, this is a blessing coming into our world," Larrimore said, "We are surrounded by love.”

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