Granny Debs and Gundoo
I can’t believe there was a time when I wondered if I would ever become a grandmother! 🙃
But just a few years ago I was there, watching all my friends proudly showing photos of their gorgeous and clever offspring. I was
I’ve now joined them and I insist that they look at all my photos, as I once looked at theirs!
In huge news you may have missed – I’ll become a grandmother for the third time in March 2020!
My youngest daughter Eliza and her husband Shawn have found out they are having a baby girl, so that’s 3 grand-girls from our three girls – obviously girls rule in our family! And yes I was given permission to share this news 🙂
Gundoo is growing well and has exceptionally long limbs – not surprising considering her father is very tall and lean!
I’m so excited to see Eliza early next year, (she lives a long way away unfortunately) for her Baby Shower, and then the Mathematician and I will be driving north to be around when she is due.
Becoming a Globetrotting Granny
I became a grandmother for the second time just a few months ago in August, although she wasn’t due to arrive until late November. We welcomed little Dottie into our family, but her birth, and my emergency trip across the world, was a tad stressful.
She is growing now and I’ll be back to see her soon which I’m looking forward to immensely. And I’m keen to help out our daughter and son-in-law get sorted and ready for when she’ll come home from NICU – so far it’s been 85 days in hospital…and counting.
I became a grandmother for the first time last year when Emilia was born and loved every moment of the experience. It was something I hadn’t thought would have such a profound impact on me. It’s nice too that we live relatively close (a 3 hour drive) and can see her growing up.
Did you get that? 2018, 2019, 2020 – 3 from 3!!
While pregnant, my daughters have all called their baby a special name – Emilia was called Spud; Dottie was called Wombat and Gundoo will be called Gundoo until she is born. It is an Aboriginal word for young child.
I’ve been fortunate to be given access to a pregnancy app which allows me to follow along with Gundoo’s progress as she grows. I also had access with Emilia and remember being enthralled just as I am now. It is fascinating and I’m learning so much despite the fact I’ve had three children of my own!
The app is great for me to see what Gundoo is up to each week, what size, what developments and what my daughter can expect to be going through. As I live a long way away, it is a really good way for me to be involved. This week (24 weeks) Gundoo is the size of an eggplant 🍆 but without such a thick skin.
“Gundoo is starting to develop taste buds, which means that before long, she will be able to taste some of the stronger flavours of the things you eat through the amniotic fluid she still swallows regularly……Gundoo’s lungs are developing significantly now from all of her practice breathing, and she is making cells that will produce surfactant, a material that will help her lungs expand and operate once she reaches the air…..Gundoo is probably about 33cm long, the size of an eggplant, and weighs about 1.5lbs (680g). “
It also gives interesting links to readings like this one – Getting Grandparents involved in pregnancy
If they’re offering to help, use Grandma or Grandpa to help you out with everyday activities that new parents just might not have enough hands for, like taking pictures, running errands, and cooking. They’ll feel like they’re contributing and you can get some alone time with Baby when you need it.
Grandparents are notorious for loving their grandbabies, so make sure you get your parents or in-laws involved in Baby’s life! You may be a grandparent yourself one day, and then it will be your chance to play the role of the wise matriarch.Source
My daughter is going quite well, and is mostly enjoying the journey, although some days are harder than others! I think first babies are quite tricky as it’s all so unknown. But thankfully there seems to be so much more support and information around these days, with apps like Ovia making it easy to stay up to date with what’s happening. In my day I suppose it was books rather than apps.
One of the best things for her is having the support of her two older sisters, they are such a helpful resource for her and I’m so proud of them all for supporting each other as they do. We are all spread around the world and use technology to stay in touch, usually daily! “A sister is worth a thousand friends“, as she has two sisters that means two thousand friends!
I’ll be honest and say that it’s not always been easy becoming a grandmother and as I get older I see so many more problems with childbirth than I ever did when I was pregnant with my own three daughters. It’s not a risk free event at all, no matter that we live in a country like Australia or England, with excellent health care.
It’s quite strange seeing your daughters become mothers, and I mean that in a lovely way. I enjoy seeing their growth and then falling in love with a new generation they have created.
I’ve just finished a book called I Looked Away by Jane Corry and this quote jumped out at me:
‘Grandchildren feel like your own children, yet they have an extra hold on your heart,’ she tells me. ‘There’s a bond that you can’t really describe until you are one yourself.’
It says it all!
What do you think?
Can you relate to my post in any way? I’d love to hear your experiences.
I must say I love being involved in my daughters’ lives (usually from afar due to distance) and I’m looking forward to meeting my newest little granddaughter next year!
Granny Debs x
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