The Joy of a First-Time Grandma

In 2017, my husband and I were in Paris, France on a business trip. When we arrived at our hotel room, we found a welcome tray with assorted beverages and the largest croissant I had ever seen. It was from our son and daughter-in-law. There was a little card stuck in the pastry that said, in French, “There’s a bun in the oven! Due September 2018.”

Brett and baby Louis
Judy’s parents

That is how we found out we were going to be grandparents for the first time!

Fast forward, to September 8, 2018, our adorable Little Louis was born. He is truly a miracle and a blessing in every way. My husband and I are in our sixties, I don’t mind telling you, we’ve been eagerly awaiting this next chapter of our lives.

During the last several months, I realized that becoming a grandma, for me, was a bit like looking in a rearview mirror. I think about my own Mom and her role as Mama to her fourteen grandchildren! She was there for every one of us when our babies entered this world. She always had a twinkle in her eye when she was around our kiddos.

Mom didn’t live to meet little Louis, but she knew our son, Brett, and his wife Kathryn planned to name their first born after Papa, her husband of 64 years. Her family meant the world to her, and she instilled that sentiment in my children.

I’ve been blessed to be able to spend a fair amount of time with little Louis since his birth, even though he resides in Atlanta. He even took his first road trip to Dallas for Thanksgiving. I am thankful to my son and daughter-in-law for their warm welcome. I love helping out in any way I can, just like my Mom did for me. And they are happy to have me.

Judy reading to baby Louis
Baby Louis

From afar, we get daily pictures of little Louis. One of the latest videos showed him rolling over. I’m probably a bit biased, but my first reaction was, “Wow, that is early!” And we are constantly looking for excuses to get back to Atlanta to spend time with him. For now, we look forward to the pictures and updates on his milestones.

In May, our family will converge on Dayton, Ohio, for our niece’s wedding. Brett and Kathryn plan to introduce little Louis to his namesake. Someday, we will be able to share with little Louis just how special his great grandpa was to all of us, and that he has awfully big shoes to fill. I know he’ll be up to the challenge!


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