Five Ways You Know You’re Soon Going to Be a Grandma

It’s Fave Friday once again and time for a list of “five.”  In keeping with the fact that I am going to become a grandmother for the first time any day now, I decided to come up with a list of five ways you know you’re soon going to be a grandma.  Now your symptoms might differ from mine if you, too are awaiting the birth of your first grandchild but these are five things I’ve noticed happening with me over the last week or so.

1.  Your heart skips a beat whenever the phone rings, especially at odd hours. Yes, I’ve begun the “phone watch” as I wait and wonder if each incoming call might be “the one.”  Could this call be from our son telling us that the baby has arrived?

2.  Your heart goes into overdrive when you pick up the phone and hear your child’s voice on the other end. Not only am I wondering if each phone call is from the kids but now, when I DO hear Jason or Laura on the other end, I immediately wonder if they are calling from the hospital.

3.  You greet every friend with a “baby status” before you even say “hi.” I’m discovering that most of my friends are first and foremost wanting to know if the baby has arrived yet so I’m just cutting to the chase.  “The baby’s not here yet,” I’m saying as I walk into a room of my friends.  “Laura is still doing great and the baby is starting to move down into position.”  Heads nod, conversations resume, and we all slip back into our normal routines.

4.  You find yourself getting VERY nostalgic and hence, VERY emotional. OK, maybe this is only a symptom that I am experiencing but I’m finding that as the due date is getting closer and closer, I am thinking more and more about the birth of my own children and how my own mother must have felt when I called her with the news of their arrivals.  And that gets me to thinking how quickly the years have flown and how my babies are no longer babies and by then I’m fumbling for the tissues.  Just the other day some very good friends asked me if I was getting excited about the baby, and before you knew it, there I was, tears falling down my cheeks as I was going on about missing my dad (who passed away in 1979, for Pete’s sake)  and how my mom was in the nursing home now and how I was very excited about the baby but how it was just making me very sensitive to the passing of time and the loss of loved ones, etc, etc and my friends were looking at me like I had dropped in from another planet.  Gee whiz.  You’d think I was the one with all the excess hormones and not my daughter-in-law.  I sure hope I don’t go through post-partum depression, too.

5.  You find yourself going up to complete strangers and telling them that you’re going to be a grandmother any day now. In fact, you are managing to work this tidbit of information into quite a few conversations. It doesn’t matter if folks are talking about babies or not.   For example, when a clerk at a local department store rang up my purchase recently for some sheets, I told her “I figured I’d better get them now because when my son and daughter-in-law get here with my first grandchild, which is due any day now, I’m probably not going to have as much time to shop.”   This technique usually leads the other person to make some remark back about your pending grandparent status which gives you the chance to do a little “pre-bragging.”  I consider this to be the grandparent’s equivalent of the pregnant woman’s Braxton-Hicks contractions.  The contractions prepare the mother-to-be for labor and delivery.  “Pre-bragging” prepares the grandparent-to-be to verbally tout all the virtues of their exceptional grandchild.

That’s my list of “five” for this Fave Friday.  If you’d like to read other Fave Five lists or contribute your own post, visit Susanne’s site at Living to Tell the Story.


7 Responses

  1. I have completely identify with #4 because as I was reading your comments I started to tear up, miss my parents, think about my own children, and get very lonesome for my one grandson who lives a long way away. Welcome to grandparenthood!

  2. LOL! I think you have this grandparenting thing down pat! It’s really hard to believe that your going to be a first-timer! Congratulations on the Blessed Event! I am a first time grandparent too – but mine was 3 years old when she arrived! I’m still waiting for the opportunity to await that middle of the night phone call! Maybe next Friday you’ll have a PICTURE to share with us!

  3. Congratulations on your impending grandmotherhood! I enjoyed your list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a fun list! It makes me excited to one day become a grandmother, too. One of my closest friends just found out she’s going to be a grandmother for the first time, so I’m living vicariously through her. I’m excited for you!

    I’m sure your Friday’s Fave Five is going to stay interesting for quite awhile to come.


  5. That is a very sweet post. I’m not there yet, but I am looking forward to that day!

  6. Thanks for giving me the heads up – I have 3 of my children married so it shouldn’t be too much longer before I’m experiencing the same symptoms – at least I hope it won’t be too much longer 🙂

    Hope you have your new grandma brag book already to go!

  7. Oh Grandma-to-be, how exciting! Might it be a Christmas baby or is that getting too late?

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