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What you can expect.

Although all families operate in their own unique circumstances,
you can anticipate that at least some of these situations will
arise:
First, on the positive side, you can expect to fall totally in love
with this new little being and to feel some of the same emotions
you felt as a parent: awe at the new life and a desire to protect
and nurture. Many people also report feeling an immediate surge
of love and pride in their son or daughter who has produced this
amazing baby and taken on an important new challenge.
And there are aspects requiring some effort and
pre-meditation.
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MARCH APRIL 2018

You may not always agree with the
parents about when and how often
you'll see your new GRANDbaby.

It's important to remember that the new baby and parents need
some time and space to create a strong family. That means that
dropping by unannounced or uninvited runs the risk of interfering
with that process. Experts advise grandparents to respect the parents' boundaries, to ask before you make plans, and to let perceived
slights roll off your back. Remember, new parents are probably getting too little sleep, feeling some nervousness about this huge new
responsibility, and adjusting to the non-stop demands of an infant.

On the other hand, if you're asked to visit or help, be as
accommodating as you can be and keep your expectation for
praise or gratitude at a low level. If you help for the right reasons
and don't extend yourself further than you really want to go,
you'll avoid feeling resentful.
You may find some of the parents' decisions different from
those you made when you were parents.
Did you believe that a crib was the best spot for a baby to
sleep? Many of today's parents have other ideas and want to at
least experiment with co-sleeping (having the baby in their bed
or at least in their bedroom). Were you eager to start your new
baby on "real food" such as cereal? Some advice today is to stay
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