GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011 - (Page 26)

new grandparents On becoming GRAND There are no words to describe the “bigness” of this baby’s arrival BY LORI BITTER I was raised by my grandparents, without role models for what a mom and dad should be. I was a young mom—one daughter at 21 and the second at 26. We raised our two girls far away from their grandparents. We had amazing visits and vacations with them, but day-to-day our little family has always been our own tight unit. I ponder the nature of families much more since my daughter Ashley gave birth to my first grandchild, Gabriel McClain, on June 30. I struggle to find words for the “bigness” of my emotions surrounding his arrival. He is perfection. I tried not to study up for his arrival. I tend to overprepare 26 GRAND SEPT OCT 2011 Gabriel McClain for just about everything, but I forced myself to stay in the moment and just enjoy the days leading up to Gabriel’s appearance. Except for his nursery—I love interior design. Ashley and Patrick asked me for help, and I jumped in with an energy some have described as maniacal. Gabriel has a “music themed” room. At 11:30 the night before Mother’s Day, we slipped into Ash and Paddy’s home and installed our work just in time for Ashley to wake up. The ten months before his

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011

GRAND - Sept/Oct 2011
Grand View
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand Central
GRANDparent of the Year
Cover Story: Love Is As Love Does
On Becoming GRAND
Is Retirement Getting Better or Worse?
Prepare for CARE
Facebook Faux Pas
Grandparents Month
Just Be There: Our G’kids Are Running Amuck!
Kinship Care Resources
Sex Talk
No-Sweat Tech
Education Is Child’s Play
Grand Finale
Elder Law 101

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011