May 2016, I became a grandmother for the first time. My daughter had asked me to be in the room with her and her husband when she was going to have the baby…what an honor for me! When I had my three children, I never gave it a thought to have anyone else in the room other than my husband. When did hospitals start to let more than one person in with someone when they were giving birth? I got a call at 4:00 p.m. on May 18th, 2016 from my daughter telling me she was grabbing her over night bag and heading to the hospital to have a baby by C- section. Her doctor told her it was time because her fluid was very low. I was 2 1/2 hours away (I was in Bangor and she was in Portland) from where she was. How could I possibly get down there in time? I threw together some PJ’s, a couple sets of clothes and toiletries and got in the car with my husband. A half hour into the drive, my daughter called me and said. ” don’t hurry mom, they won’t be doing the C-section until 10 p.m. because I ate a cupcake at my work baby shower!” I had to laugh a little because she was a healthy eater. She rarely had sugar! She didn’t want to be rude at her shower so she ate ONE cupcake. My husband and I could slow down on our drive now. No need to rush. We had 5 hours. What a relief. Watching my son-in-law care for my daughter in the hospital room made me feel thankful for such a great guy for my girl. I usually did the things for her that he was doing. I had to stop myself several times from getting up to do what I thought she needed. He always knew what she needed. Once baby Miles was born…I watched with my grandmother eyes two young adults truly in love be overjoyed with their new addition to their family. I was now a grandmother! When did my baby grow up? How did 26 years go by so fast? I stayed with my daughter and grandson in the hospital for two nights so my son in law could make sure everything was ready for the two of them to go home. I so wanted to go home with them to show them how to care for their new son! I knew I needed to give them their time alone as a family so they could figure it out for themselves. Being a mother in law and a grandmother is very rewarding. I now have a 9 month old grandson and a 6 month old granddaughter.