I only grew up with two grandparents — both passing away before I was a sophmore in high school. It actually doesn’t have much to do with them being older, they all died before the age of 75 (two in their 50s!). Still, the fact that Noah has five energetic, long-life-ahead-of-them grandparents is incredible. Aside from Justin and I, of course, they’re his favorite people on the planet: There’s ‘Bama (grandma — but when he calls “Oh, Grandma!” it sounds like “OBAMA!”), Papa (above), Nana (my 40-something mother-in-law), Papa-Two-Dogs (my father-in-law) and Grand-Mary (my step-mother-in-law). They’re all healthy, vibrant, extremely loving people who Noah is so lucky to have. And not only that, but he has 8 Great Aunts, 7 Great Uncles, 3 Great-Grandmothers, 2 Great-Papas and 1 Great-Great-Grandma. (Phew! That’s a lot of love.)
I can’t imagine my children not knowing the most important people in my life. I’ve never met my mother’s mother, and I know that just kills her. As much as I hear stories about her, see pictures of her, she’s like this mythical person who I can only imagine. And at the same time: I’m so lucky to have such an extensive support system — such an incredible group of people to love, take care of and help my child. I just can’t imagine doing it without them all.
I’m not the only one who thinks this is an awesome reason to be an “Early Mama,”: @CharmedValerie tweeted: “I especially love that all of his grandparents are still healthy & fun,” while @tlmummy responded: “me too! mine r lucky enough 2 have 3 great grandparents 2!” I had several emails about this topic as well.
Of course this isn’t the case with all Early Mamas — when my mom had me at 27, her mother had already passed of cancer — but we have a better shot starting young.