But my mother felt it as I did. I watched her walk through the pregnancy, labor, delivery, and placement for adoption, as she watched me walk through the same. We shared tears on many occasions. I knew she was sad for me to lose out on the mothering experience with Chloe. She was also sad with me because she was losing out on the grandmothering experience with Chloe. And from what I hear, grandparenting is WAY better than parenting.
When I finally chose an adoptive family, some of my mother's pain was eased. Chloe would be local. Accessible. With a family that went to our church. With a family that was extremely open to continuing relationships with my family. I was so glad for my mom. She would still get to have a relationship with her granddaughter. In fact, she gained a grandson as well, since Chloe's forever family had a son, too.
My mom has babysat on numerous occasions for Chloe and her brother, Shiloh. They call her Meemaw, just like my nieces do, although the significance of that won't sink in until they're older, probably. (side note, I have no idea how to spell "Meemaw"....memaw? mimaw? meeeeemaw??)
I love that Chloe has so many grandparents to love her. I hope she grows up loving that too.
Momma Acuff with Chloe, ~ 3 weeks old
Pa Acuff with Chloe, ~ 18 months old
**I'm linking up with Open Adoption Roundtable.