Grandma. I Like the Sound of That!

Grandma of Lydia Ruth

On September 1st, I became a Grandma! Lydia Ruth was born to our daughter and son-in-law in Kentucky.

The plan was for me to head from Minnesota to Kentucky when Anna was in labor, so I could arrive right before she would be discharged from the hospital. With Anna’s Multiple Sclerosis being rather aggressive, there was worry she might have a relapse soon after she delivered. I was happy to be asked to help out, and drove to Kentucky when we were sure Anna was in labor. I was pretty excited to see the little bundle that made me a grandma which made the drive seem a lot longer than it actually is!

The first week home with a new baby is always a little stressful, especially for new parents. I am so proud of Doug and Anna, and how they have supported each other through that transition. Anna was readmitted to the hospital to be treated for an infection and possible MS relapse after being home for 10 days. Doug and Lydia spent as much time with Anna as they could for the 2 1/2 days that she was there being treated for her infection. That time spent together just focusing on each other was so beneficial…even if the situation wasn’t what they wanted.

When Anna returned home from the hospital, Lydia’s other grandma was here. The plan was for me to return home when Doug’s mom arrived, but because Anna is still weak I’m staying a few days longer so I can be mom more than grandma. I’m so thankful that I can be here to help the kids out!

There’s something pretty cool about watching your kids go from infancy to toddler stage…kindergarten to graduation…college to jobs…and now on to parenthood. Watching how nervous both Doug and Anna were when holding Lydia shortly after delivery to seeing how comfortable they are holding, changing, feeding, and recognizing her needs based on grunts and cries has been so awesome to witness.

And this whole grandma thing? I’m loving it so far!


Author: Carolyn Olson

I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. In 1988, I married my best friend, and moved to the farm. Jonathan and I have three daughters, and will soon have a son-in-law! I love life on the farm, and wouldn't trade it for anything!

4 thoughts on “Grandma. I Like the Sound of That!”

  1. Being a Grandma is awesome and gets better with each day as you watch your Grandkids grow up to attend college, be parents or whatever. I love it !!.

  2. So happy for you Carolyn! I know my Mom says that she never knew she could love like she does her grandchildren. She is now waiting for #6 to arrive and is just as excited for #6 to arrive as she was for #1. And actually, if you ask one of my Grandmas (my kids’ Great-Grandma) she’d say that great-grandkids are the best! She still can’t believe that great grandchild #14 will be born next month.

  3. Congratulations! Grand kids are the best and with today’s technology you will be able to keep up with their growth. My three grandsons live 4 hours away and moving farther away, know how to call Grandma and Grandpadpa and do some FaceTime. The granddaughter is an hour away and we get to see her about once a week. It is a marvel to watch them grow, develop and change each week. She even has done sleep overs at our house because of work schedules. You are going to love Gradmahood. Only one question, will she be raised a Viking fan or a Packer Fan?

    1. Ha! Great question! Neither one of her parents are huge football fans, so it will come down to the influence of her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. 🙂

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