Grandma Status

I was that first time mom that didn’t use the upscale diapers, carry my infant gingerly or was the Leave it to Beaver type of mom.  I walked out of the hospital with my poor daughter in a football hold hollering when are we going out! I didn’t do the traditional, lets keep babies away from germs for the first 3 months, cover the electrical outlets or put baby bumpers on the corners of the sharp edges of our coffee table.  I always remind my now almost 20-year-old that she’s lucky to have survived this long, thank goodness and no thanks to me.

Babies, Kids, Children, I haven’t had to change a diaper or entertain a toddler since my daughter was one herself.  My husband’s oldest daughter has a 2-year-old. Her name is AnèLeah and I was catapulted into Grandma status the day she was born which was something I was not prepared for.

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Recently she’s been making almost weekly visit to spend time with grandpa and grandma.  This week she came over for a photo shoot with mom.

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She always greets us when she arrives with the “who the hell are you people” look on her face. Attempts to stare her grandfather down and then shows me her most recent selfies.

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My office aka the play area typically starts off like this when she’s here.

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Somewhere in the mist of the visit she posed like a champ

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Still staring down grandpa

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Sporting her bathrobe

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Mommy and baby

To be honest I didn’t know how I would handle this whole Grandma thing would I bake cookies and sit on the floor playing, would I be able to deal with snotty noses and diaper changes again?  And the answer to my surprise was yes.. yes I was.. because who can’t help but fall for such a tiny cute face.

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Grandma and baby

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4 thoughts on “Grandma Status

  1. This post reminded me of this tiny part from “What You Learn in Your 40s”: “There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.”

    After reading what you wrote, you’re a different kind of grandma, the sort kids will look at and think, “my grandma’s awesome!”

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