I started dropping subtle hints as soon as they were married, with neither of my daughters ever being surprised to find pregnancy tests in their Christmas stockings. A grandma will be born this fall as I welcome my first grandchild.
Celebrating their second anniversary, my daughter and husband announced they are pregnant. I've been so excited, from the moment the pregnancy test was positive I even started thinking I was having morning sickness, too. Having to keep a lid on the news until they were ready to share has been a secret that's been hard to keep. Every time I'd see someone, I wanted to start the conversation with, "I'm going to be a grandma!"
Last week I was invited to go with her to the doctor to hear the heartbeat. The fancy gadgets they have nowadays are amazing!
The nurse was reassuring that sometimes it takes a little while to hear, since the baby is only the size of a lemon, but not my grandkid! Just as soon as the heart-listener-thingy was put on my daughter's little pooch, the heartbeat was loud and clear. I could have broken down right there and cried, I was so excited.
There's so much information available now for moms-to-be, not like it was 30 years ago. Each week my daughter sends me little tidbits of information on how the baby is developing and this week he or she has already learned how to suck their thumb!
Yes, I'm going to be one of those gone-over-the-edge grandmas, and want to be involved as much as I'm allowed to be.
Thank goodness my son-in-law is a patient guy, as I have a hard time containing my excitement. Well actually, I don't contain it at all. I do however, at times, get the feeling he's watching and listening to my hysteria as though he's in a tree stand, waiting for a perfect shot on a turkey who's calling his name.
It's a weird mix of emotions, as I can't wait to be a grandma, although I'm nervous for my daughter, as I remember the process of having a baby isn't a piece of cake. Thankfully, it sounds like they have come up with ways to help moms be more comfortable.
I find myself wandering through the baby aisles, amazed at all the newfangled devices they have now, from baby wipes that are stored in a warmer to fancy monitors so you can hear and see what the baby is doing at all times.
I was fortunate to grow up just a block away from my grandma, and I loved being able to walk to her house anytime I wanted. I thought about suggesting they move, but I guess that would be a bit extreme.
Page 2 of 2 - I may live a couple towns away, but my grandkid will know there's no place like home, except for grandma's.
Sandy Turner lives in the Kansas City area and writes this column for GateHouse Media.