Posted by: chlost | August 29, 2010

We are going to be grandparents again

We got the news the other day.  Our son and daughter-in-law are expecting their third child next April.  This means that there will be three grandchild birthdays in the month of April!

Our family has many April birthdays. It must have something to do with the hot summer weather.

This grandchild is due on April 18th. My husband’s birthday is the 17th. He is hoping that the baby will be born on his birthday. Will the third one be the charm?

They are very excited, as are we. I know that they are in a much better place in their lives than we were when we had our third child. It will be very busy for them, though, with three children age 4 and under! All of them will be nearly exactly 2 years apart. THAT is why the world assumes that parents are young.

They are hoping to have a home birth, with a midwife. As my daughter-in-law’s mom said, “I hope there is a back-up plan”. The two older girls were born by C-section. My daughter-in-law is hoping very much to have a vaginal birth. They even have a name for it now, a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section).

This really scares me. At least they are much closer to a high-quality  hospital now than when they lived here and the younger granddaughter was born. They had hoped for a vaginal birth with her, as well, but the midwife was not authorized to do that through the hospital where she practiced. My daughter-in-law was very disappointed.

Things are so different now than they were when I was having babies. We thought we were so advanced-and I guess that we were compared to our moms.  But in some ways, advanced means going back to the old ways.  They have babies in water now. Is that a modern craze, or is it what they did in the wilderness?

I am shaking my head in wonder.

Our daughter-in-law feels that it is another girl. It is too early to decide about an ultrasound to see about the sex. I think it would be wonderful to have three little granddaughters. My sisters and I had a great time together. Our younger brother, however, might not have appreciated that as much.

The family continues to grow. It will be wonderful to have something good to look forward to for next year.

We need it.



  1. Oh, how wonderful!! Congratulations, I am so pleased for you all.

    After such an appalling year this is just what you need. The preparations, the excitements, the looking forward, the birth, the welcome, the celebrations.

    I appreciate your concerns for your DiL but if as you say they are near a good hospital they will make contingency plans well ahead.

    And I am sure that granny will be needed to help out at the time, looking after the grand children and just being there for support and advice.

    Another relationship to grow and develop and watch and wonder at!!!! And another Spring baby. I hope the pleasure of that may help you a little through the difficult time of the anniversary of your sister’s death.

    • It is going to be great to have this to look forward to all winter. I love being a grandma, much to my surprise.

  2. Congrats! 🙂

  3. Congrats!!! Another Aries in the family!!!

    • Yup, I think that will make 6. My husband’s aunt Grace also was born on the 1st.

  4. Oh, that’s lovely news!

    • Yes, it truly is.

  5. Congratulations!

    April is a great month for birthdays. We have lots of April birthdays in my family as well, including mine, three siblings and two nephews.

    • April is a wonderful time to have a baby!

  6. Congratulations ch….wonderful news. I’m waiting for the birth of my third grandchild as well…in about three weeks or so. We’re all very excited too. It’s funny how families have certain months that are very busy with birthdays…we have a couple of months like that. Cheers! ~Joy

  7. I have three grand sons and one grand daughter. No more in the queue for the time being anyway.

    • Someday there may be more, but I think this might be all for this son. He’ll have his hands full!

  8. Mazel Tov! I hear grandkids are fun. Someday, I might get that pleasure, if my geeks ever get off their butts and stop gaming in their spare time.

    • Well, you could be surprised. We certainly were. We went from 3 kids with no serious prospects for a long-term relationship (let alone marriage!) to an impending marriage and grandparenthood within a span of several weeks. It has been a very busy 3 1/2 years!
      oh, and grandkids are awesome.

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