Last weekend, my first grandchild Ollie was born peacefully into the loving arms of his parents, Shelby and Taylor. They were inseparable teenage sweethearts. They supported each other through their degrees, got married, bought and renovated their first home, and planned the arrival of their first baby. I couldn’t be prouder of them. Watching their relationship grow deeper and deeper in love over the past 8 years, has been beautiful to witness. They truly have something incredibly rare and special, and now I get to see them fully embrace the joy of unconditional love that only your first baby can bring.
I’ve always believed that birth isn’t just the birth of a baby, but the birth of a mother, and a father as well. Nothing prepares you for the growth and transformation that continues to expand from that day forth. And now I also see the first grandchild also marks the birth of new grandparents. So now, I embark on my next stage of life too, as a Glamma (Glam-ma)!
I am still surprised that I managed to raise such a ‘sensible’ child, as I became a single mother with her when I was just 23. My mission as a mother was clear from the start; I wanted to ‘raise strong, independent, free-thinking women.’ I probably should have thought that through a bit more as raising three strong females wasn’t easy at times, 😂 but I know I’ll never have to worry about them in life, so I can comfortably tick that box now.
Far from being a helicopter parent, my parenting style has been highly unconventional.
I had one requirement for my girls and that was to find their purpose and mission in this world and pursue it with everything. And I guided them to see that if you live a life of service and contribution to others, you’ll always live a fulfilling and wonderful life.
Shelby chose to become a midwife, so welcoming the birth of her own baby is quite literally her dream come true. Seeing photos of her holding her baby for the first time and seeing tears of the purest form of joy streaming from her face, is an image I will treasure for a lifetime. Nothing prepares you for the kind of heart-orgasmic love of greeting a new soul into this world. Your heart chakra literally explodes wide open!
Next week I will get to meet wee Ollie in person for the first time and I’m not sure there’s anything I can do to prepare myself for what I’m about to feel, but I do know makeup will be a complete waste of time as I can’t stop crying over the thought of it, I have a bottomless well of love for him. Ollie, Glamma is on her way!
So, here’s to everyone who has recently embarked on their next momentous journey in life! I hope that 2022 is a year of blessings for you too!
PS Thank you for choosing me as your mum Shelby, and thank you for choosing me as your Glamma, Ollie. It’s a privilege to walk this new life path with you both. xxx