Have you heard of this new club called the Grandparent's Club? It's awesome!

Myla Noelle Hoffman 7/31/2012 - My first grandbaby, Myla. She looks like her momma but has her daddy's dark hair. She's absolutely perfect.
@mentalward (14695)
United States
August 2, 2012 4:58am CST
July 31, 2012 at 5:10 p.m., my first granddaughter was born. Weighing in at 6 lbs. 11 oz. and measuring 19 1/2 inchest long, little Myla Noelle made her entrance into the world. I cannot believe the amount of love that comes with someone so small. My son and his partner are beyond happy as well as the baby's Nana, otherwise known as me. Something like this happening makes all the bad stuff go away... for a little while, anyway. I'm going to their house in a few hours to place balloons all over the place before they bring the new baby home from the hospital. I'm so very excited to have FINALLY joined the ranks of "grandparent". So, how was July 31st for you? Are you a member of the Grandparent's Club?
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@rambansal (575)
• India
2 Aug 12
It is a grand opportunity for you to rejoice. Congratulations on this auspicious occasion. Let the little angel bring in more pleasures to your life. Were I close to you physically, I would have taken you for a grand dinner at a place of your choice. Anyway, treat me as part of your family and let me share the moment of pleasures in your life..
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
Aww, that is so sweet of you, Ram! I would have loved being treated to a grand dinner on that night. Alas, no one here offered so I just went home after holding the baby for awhile and wishing all the best to the new parents with lots of hugs and kisses for them all. My son and his partner were given a candlelight dinner of their own last night. I thought that was wonderful of the hospital to offer such a nice gift to the new parents. As you are part of my life, you are also part of my family, great uncle Ram.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
My son, the daddy, and his precious new daughter - His cheeks must hurt by now from all the smiling he's done since her birth. I'm so happy that he's so happy.
Here is my son with his new daughter. He's so happy I don't think he's stopped smiling yet.
@angelsmummy (1700)
2 Aug 12
Congratulations! I am not a grandparent. i hope to be in the future but have a while to wait as my children are only 4 and almost 3 lol. I love what your doing for them with the balloons!! July 31st was nowhere near as exciting for me! I just spent time with my beautiful children :)
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
Enjoy them while they're young. It gets worse! A friend of mine said that being a grandparent is our reward for surviving the rearing of our children. I LOVED being able to hold that precious bundle for awhile then hand her back over to her parents and go home to a good night's sleep.
2 Aug 12
I know it gets worse, I had a hand in bringing up my little brother (hes 14 now). Nut I adore children I spend as much time with them as possible people think Im crazy7, i think I havent grown up enough yet haha!! But yes that must be lovely to hand back the baby so you could have a good night sleep! My mum always said that I would know how she felt because I was a really bad sleeper as a child but I have been really lucky! Enjoy being a grandparent!! (I know you will)
@Rick1950 (1577)
• Lima, Peru
7 Aug 12
Congrats for the born of your little granddaughter. I know you have been waiting for this happy event and now it has come. I whish you enjoy the time with the new member of your family.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
2 Aug 12
What a beautiful, unique name for a lovely child! I like it because it is unique without being outlandish. I'm so happy for you! Children can make the world seem bright and full of hope--and it is, because of them. We get another chance at making the world better every time a child is born. I wish her a life full of interesting experiences and more joy than sadness. Have you read Paul Harvey's wish for children? Not a life full of ease and happiness but adversity to make them stronger and some sadness so that they can appreciate happiness, problems to help them grow and so much more. If you haven't read it, you should look it up.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
Daddy, Mommy and Baby - This is one of my favorite photos but, of course, there are so many more! lol
Thanks so much, dragon. I so wish you and I could have done this together and still feel so very bad about what happened. You are so very right about children. All of the negative things happening in my life totally disappeared this day. I could think of nothing but this precious gift and the joy she had already spread in such a very short time. My heart hasn't felt so light in a very long time, not since my sons were born. I haven't read Paul Harvey's wish for children but I am definitely going to look for it. It definitely sounds like something I'd love to read and share with my son and his family. Thanks so much for recommending it!
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
3 Aug 12
Here, I found it, he wrote it to his grandchildren: http://www.parenting-initiative.org/Philosophy/Philosophy%20text%20files/paul-harveys-wishes.html What a beautiful picture of your family, they look so happy!
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
6 Aug 12
That was a tear jerker dragon. I used to listen to Paul Harvey all the time when he was broadcasting. He was a very wise man.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Aug 12
Congratulations on joining this amazing club. I have heard that it feels almost as special as becoming a parent for the first time. I am hoping that I will not have to join it for at least another 10 to 15 years, but realistically if things go bad, I could be joining it in another 3 or 4 years. But I hope that that won't happen!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
My son and his new daughter - He hasn't stopped grinning since the big moment. His cheeks must be awfully sore by now from all that smiling. lol
Thank you, Bill. I can certainly understand what you're saying and I'll join you in hoping it won't happen for another 10 to 15 years. I was worried that my sons would not be ready when they finally became a parent but this one has shown that he is definitely ready. I was worried also that I'd be too old by the time either of my sons had their own family! The proud daddy is 31. I can't believe how happy he is. Well, yes, I guess I can believe it. You are so very right about it feeling so special. I was no less happy when this beautiful little girl was born than when my own sons were born. There is something so very special about children, whether they're yours or your children's children. My son came into the waiting room to announce her birth with a grin at least three feet wide and tears streaming down his face. Naturally, that got me crying, too, but definite tears of pure joy.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
3 Aug 12
That is a great photo that brings back my own memories. I remember the feeling well. It was such an amazing experience becoming a parent for the first time. It was still amazing the second time around but that feeling could not quite match the first time. I was 26 when my daughter was born. She is turning 13 soon and is a pretty sensible girl that has career aspirations, so I cannot see her being foolish enough to become a parent too early. I have a friend who became a grandparent at the age of 38 as his daughter got pregnant in her teens. As a father of a girl entering that age bracket, I am petrified of what it to come!
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
2 Aug 12
I am a grandson of someone who left me few years back, I loved my grandmother. I always tried to figure her out and I liked the way she use to schold my father and telling him to take a good care of me. I never saw my grandfather because he left more earlier. I think your children will love you if you give them happy moment in their childhood. I remember the happy and sad moments of my childhood and no one can steel them from me. congratulations to you.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
Thank you, sanjay! I hope that my grandchildren will one day say the same about me. There are so many things I want to do with this little girl as she grows up so that both she and I will have some wonderful memories. You're so right about no one being able to steal your memories. I hope I can give my granddaughter some very, very happy memories.
• India
3 Aug 12
I am sure you will give them such memories, good luck to you.
@AmbiePam (50277)
• United States
2 Aug 12
Yay! I'm so happy for you. You deserve to have something happy to occur in your life right now. Myla is such a pretty name. How did they decide on it? My dad of course joined the ranks of grandparent club this year too with my sister and BIL adopting. She turned one in July. We've only had her in our lives for a few months, but it's hard to imagine our lives without her.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Aug 12
Isn't it amazing how a baby can engrain themselves into your life and heart so quickly? I couldn't believe how very much in love with my little granddaughter I was until I looked at her squirming face for the first time. Whether a baby is yours by blood or by adoption, it makes no difference. The love we have for them is exactly the same. I've often thought that if I ever adopted a child, I would let them know that they were extra-special because I chose them over all the rest. I'm so happy for you, Aunt AmbiePam, and your sister and BIL. And, of course, the new little one. They are so adorable at that age, in my opinion, between one and two. THEN they can be a bit trying. lol
• India
19 Sep 12
congracts i am not the grandparent so i am not having the feeling of becoming grandparent i hope after 30 or 40 i will become grand parent and then i will feel happy like you.
• Canada
30 Aug 12
That is so exciting. What's more, as a stranger I felt excited, just hearing a new baby named. That is the most awesome news in the world!!!
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
6 Aug 12
I know what you mean about being a grandparent. If I had known grand kids would be so much fun I would have had them first.
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
6 Aug 12
yes I am a member of the grandparents club, but only one grandchild who is 15 years old. I had only one son as well. Congrats grandma
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
4 Aug 12
Congratulations! I have no children, so I am not now or in the future a member of the club. My friend's are grandparents and they say it is much nicer than being a parent. What an unusual and pretty name. It sounds like grandma is already wrapped around her little finger.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
4 Aug 12
Congrats again, that's what I'm going to welcome you when I saw your status at FB welcome to the Grandparents club I'm a member on that one too. But I'm more focus on the cute angels picture of your grandchild.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
4 Aug 12
No, I haven't heard of the Grandparent's Club, but I rather suspect you have to join the Parent's Club to join this one....
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
3 Aug 12
Oh that's wonderful Nana! As you know, I have become a recent addition too..lol..and it is quite amazing the entrance that they make. That is a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl. My 31st was nowhere near as exciting as yours but my 6-25 was pretty breath taking. Congrats!
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
3 Aug 12
Hello meat and welcome to the bet club in the world. There is nothing like grandkids to make your life complete. I have nine 6 girls and three boys. I raised two of the grandkids a boy and a girl. One of the nice thinks about grandkids is when they get fussy or have other undesirable needs you can hand them back to Mom and Dad. That first one is extra special just because they are first. Here is a web site for grandparents you might want to check out. Grandparents.com. Enjoy that little baby while you can.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Aug 12
Hm, well my boyfriend keeps saying "our grandkids", so I guess I"m a grandma....
@svjomboy (876)
• Philippines
3 Aug 12
Wow congratulations as being a grandparents already, i know you are very excited to have a grandkids. Your grandchild was very cute...
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
3 Aug 12
You must be so proud, I don't have kids yet but both of my sisters do and I've never seen my parents happier to be grandparents. They are always calling up my sisters asking to take the kids for the weekend, I think it keeps my mom and dad young. They love playing with them and laughing with them, I can't wait to see them with my kids. Congratulations, you're going to love it!
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
3 Aug 12
I am one of the most excited persons at that time Marti. While I was monitoring your updates on Facebook regarding her entrance to the world, I was also busy commenting to posts of greetings on my Timeline. Only because of our different time zones that her birthday is July 31 and mine is August 1 but it can be considered as have the same birthday, as in twins.