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Sep022011

I'm a New Grandma!!

Yesterday, September 1, 2011 at 12:13pm, my daughter Meghann gave birth to her beautiful daughter Gabriella Grace. Dad Brian is over the moon; mom's tired as all get out after a 32-hour labor that ended in the cesarean birth of a 9 pound 10 ounce angel... story another day.

I was overwhelmed with joy at meeting my first grandchild.

One advantage of having a former La Leche League leader, midwife, doula for a mama is being able to get a baby nursing even when mom's napping/groggy after the birth.

Look at this child! Is she not the most beautiful new baby you've EVER seen?!? (Your own children notwithstanding, of course. laughing)

No grandma could be prouder of her child. Meghann and Brian were so amazing, so beautiful during labor. It was an enormous honor to be invited into their sacred space. An experience that zoomed to the top of one of my best days on this earth. 

Reader Comments (30)

Mazal tov, Grandma! 6 months ago I had the same experience [including C/S] with my daughter, and there really isn't anything comparable to it.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAntigonos

Congratulations Barb and family! What a glorious day for you and how lucky your daughter is to have you by her side.

Sweet, gorgeous, precious baby!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKP

I am NOT one of those people who thinks all babies are cute......but Miss GG is seriously one of the prettiest babies I've ever seen! (and I am NOT just saying that!) And she is an ARM FULL, isn't she?

I LOVE that picture of Brian leaning against you.....it looks like if you just shifted to the left a little, he'd slump to the floor in a puddle of joyous exhaustion! His love for his family just shines, shines, shines.........

Speedy, happy, JOYFUL recovery to YOUR baby girl, I hope she knows she is the most amazing, wonderful, powerful, intuitive mama she can be.

In-joy, In-joy, In-joy!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

That is one seriously good looking granddaughter. I predict shopping for cute things in your future.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen M

She really is a very beautiful newborn (and I say that as a woman who didn't actually think her own newborns were terribly pretty)! Congratulations, Grandma!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT

Why Barbara, I do believe you are positively bursting with pride. ;) <3

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Congratulations! She is beautiful!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristie B

So happy for you! congratulations! All of us in the healthcare/birthing community are lucky to have you as a role model.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternycnursingstudentmom

Beaming from ear to ear here for all of you!!!!! Congrarulations abounding from Michigan, Barb.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHousefairy

What a cutie! The photos remind me so much of when my huge c-section baby was born. :D

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonoregonian

Congratulations, to you, Meghann, Brian and beautiful baby Gabriella. Blessings on the new baby, and her new family! Can't wait to see more pictures and hear Meghann's birth story. And so happy for Meghann that you were able to be there for her to support her through the process and after.

((((HUGS))))

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen B

She IS beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us, too.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

Congratulations! A new generation is so exciting

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Congrats Grandma!

My mom was over the moon when my daughter was born.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Congrats!! Wonderful!!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

That is a delicious and lovely baby girl. Many congratulations to your family and you!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Awwww, she's darling! And such a big girl. Congrats to the proud parents (and grandma)!

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Gorgeous baby! Congratulations...

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadonna Lactans

Okay, she really is beautiful. She already has such pinchable cheeks! :) Perfect for a nana!
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the (mostly) positive comments on your facebook page a few days ago. There is always such heated tension and controversy around birth and labor in general, so it was very nice to see everyone coming together to be so supportive and friendly to you and your daughter, son-in-law and new grandbaby. It really did warm my heart to see so many wonderful people.
Enjoy your time with the new addition to your family! She is gorgeous.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Congratulations, you are now an abuela! Mom must be so happy to have you close-by. Enjoy the wonderful little angel :-)

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElodie

Long-timer lurker, logging in to say I am so happy for all of you!

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

Congratulations! So glad you got to be a part of it all. Enjoy this special time together. Can't wait to hear more about it and see more pics! :)

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Congratulations Barb and Family! These are such happy, precious days; enjoy every second! Blessings and peace to all of you. Michelle AKA Kneelingwoman

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Congratulations to everyone!! She is beautiful!

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Congratulations!!! She is *adorable* and you look fantastically happy. What a precious, precious little girl!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I wish I had the lactation support you were able to give your daughter and grandchild with my first labor. Then maybe we wouldn't have had such a rough go of it ;)

Much love!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra Fields

As my daughter would say, "She's a cutie patootie". Congratulations Barb, she's adorable.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGail D.

Oh SNIFF!!!! I'm so excited to become a grandma in the next few years. What an honour to attend the birth of your grandchild. I only hope I will be invited into my childrens' sacred space as well. Barb, they were so blessed to have your wise, loving, compassionate, balanced, unfailing support. I'm sure it helped to make their birth really special.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMotherWit Doula

Wow, congrats! What wonderful news! And as a completely biased lurker who doesn't know you from Eve, I have to say that is a seriously cute newborn!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdecemberbaby

Congratulations! I am sure you and your family very happy. I am happy to on the birth of your daughter. And by the way, I've had the same experience as you. A few months ago when the nurse brought my son to me for the first time, I really feel very happy. And I think the children are the most beautiful gift in my life.

By: Donovan

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonovan

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