SO.. what is it like to be a grandma?...let me tell you..... : ) Basking in love with a grandbaby!
WOW! I cannot describe the thrill the last year has been for me! All 3 of my children having babies! (see grandbabies section on this website) Here is part of what I shared for my first grandchild's baby book .......It was awesome to be their extra labor support person and after you read my shortened version of the story, feel free to share any of your experiences on this blog.....I would enjoy reading them and so would others!!! ............
Mommy took her last final for nursing school, then went to her weekly OB Dr check. She soon thereafter went into labor with contractions coming and going, but not worth timing until 6 PM. Around 11:30 PM I was called by your daddy to come to their house to help support the labor. Her contractions were 4 minutes apart lasting about 1 minute for 2 hours before we left for the hospital. We arrived at the hospital around 2 AM. The contractions were bearable and breathing the slow deep chest method seemed to work. The early morning hours found us in and out of the tub, walking in the halls, on the ball bouncing, and in the hands and knees position…changing these activities about every 20 minutes. It took a long time (we thought) for you to decide to make your appearance. When mommy was finally able to begin birthing you, we were crying with excitement!! “We’re gonna have a baby,” I kept saying!! (this was now about 5 PM)
Your mom was able to watch the birth (using the mirror) and feel your head during crowning. The Dr had been told to not identify whether you were a girl or a boy and when you were born I hollered, “We have a baby.” The Dr held you up and mommy excitedly announced to the room while crying tears of joy (daddy too) “It’s a girl.”
Papa was able to be there in the room but stood back where he could not see much (to give mommy her privacy) but then was right up beside you and mommy and daddy once you were on her chest. I know he felt very blessed by being allowed to be part of this experience-our first grandchild and our own little baby princess (your mommy) giving birth to you!! You nursed within a half hour after birth, after skin to skin time, and then again in an hour and again in 2 hours. We are proud of your mommy and daddy and you! We love you!
Angela, first a wife, then a mom, and now a grandma ("Nana"), whose professional career deals with babies and parents. Owner of Basking Babies.