Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

On being a grandma November 9, 2016

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JUST OVER SEVEN MONTHS AGO, I became a grandma to sweet baby Isabelle. Izzy for short.

She’s stolen my heart in a way only a grandbaby can. Everything she does is new and beautiful and joyful and wonderful. This coming from a woman who raised three kids. Still, it’s different with Izzy.

Those of you who have been grandparents for awhile get it. Those of us who are novices are learning. Although we will protect and care for our grandchildren, they are not our sole responsibilities. That, I think, makes all the difference. It really is true that we can spoil them and then send them home, although my granddaughter is just a little too young to spoil.

I take great joy in watching my eldest daughter care for her daughter. I see the tenderness, the love, the delight Amber finds in being a full-time mom. Her voice soothes and encourages and even prompts her baby girl to giggle at her mama.

In half a year of life, Isabelle has grown and changed so much. She’s sprouted two teeth, is rolling over, sitting up and eating solid food. She laughs and “talks” and gives this grandma more love than I ever imagined a baby could give.

I am truly, totally, head-over-heels in love with my granddaughter.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


30 Responses to “On being a grandma”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Of course you are head over heels. She is adorable and the perfect little girl. Love the pic.

    • Thank you. I do love Izzy. And, yes, even the photo shows only a snippet of mama and baby, it’s emotionally powerful. I loved how it turned out. I just put my camera on the floor, aimed up slightly, clicked and this is what I got. I’m often surprised by the interesting perspective that results from doing this.

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    What a warm and loving post, Audrey. “Head-over-heels in love” is a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Valerie Says:

    Grandchildren…such a blessing. Wonderful photo. We found out our oldest son and wife are having a baby this spring.
    We’ll have one in the United States!

  4. Ahhhh – Beautiful 🙂 Have you done generational photos with the 3 of you – that would be cool. I love being an Auntie and still cannot believe my 3 nephews are all legal adults now with jobs, dating, girlfriends, living on their own, etc. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  5. treadlemusic Says:

    Welcome to this very special group!!!!!!

  6. Marilyn Smith Says:

    I am looking for a phone number to the person to contact for plots at the Moland Cemetery. Someone told me to contact a Steven Luran but they did not know his phone number. Any help would be muchl appreciated thank you!

  7. Don Says:

    ENJOY every moment!

    A garden of love grows in a grandmother’s heart. Author Unknown

  8. Jackie Says:

    Your nailed it on the head Audrey, I’ve always said being a grandparent is the best gig on earth. Love the photo of Izzy and Amber…so sweet!

  9. DeLores Johnson Says:

    I just know how you feel Audrey. You feel like you will explode from the love you feel. We have one Great-Grandson and 4 Step-Great-Grandchildren. They are such a joy. I think when the Grandchildren come a person has a little more time to spend with them, and since a person has raised their own children, we are more relaxed with the Grandchildren. It is wonderful!

  10. shalilah2002 Says:

    It’s like seeing your life all over again through your daughter and Granddaughter. They are delightful and I see myself in them.

  11. Sue Ready Says:

    Very lovely tribute to the joy of grandmahood!

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