Must learn to quilt, crochet, and knit!

Not necessarily in that order, of course.
Why, you ask?

THIS is why…

I’m going to be a grandmother sometime in the latter half of May 2011!

DD invited her mother-in-law and me to be there for her ultrasound today. We heard Baby’s heartbeat, saw lots of wiggling already, and received a good report from the ultrasound technician. Everything looks good, all appears well, and we’re on our way to the next generation.

Retro KnitterSo, I perceive the need to take up those grandmotherly crafts I’ve been ignoring. Quilted blankies, crocheted booties and caps, and knitted … um … Okay, I haven’t figured out if I want to push the knitting thing. I tried it once. Made an extremely long and unattractive scarf.

Anyway, while I am more than happy to be a yarn-totin’, quilt-makin’ G-mama, I reserve the right to be called something other than “grandma” for several reasons.

First, I hate having to clarify WHICH grandparent we’re talking about by adding a first or last name. (Have you ever heard small children attempt to say “Niki”? It comes out as Ninny or Icky.) While I might BE a ninny sometimes, and I have moments when I act “icky,” I’d rather not include those traits in my role as a grandparent.

Dancing Old Folks

Second, my daughter’s MIL is happy to be called grandma, and since this will be her fourth grandbaby, I figure she’s earned the title!

I’ve chosen my favorite somewhat trendy, a little unusual, and definitely different grandma nicknames. It’s all in fun, of course, since little baby bunting will undoubtedly come up with his or her own version, but at least this gives me some illusion of control. And I need that illusion, you know!

“Cast your vote” for the grandma nickname you think would suit me best:

6 thoughts on “Must learn to quilt, crochet, and knit!

  1. Debra E. Marvin says:

    Congratulations New Grandmother. Isn't it amazing?!!

    I decided on Granny. I love that name. My granddaughter Grace can't say GR. This sort of puts a cramp in her style. She's "ace" her brother is "ant" and I'm "anny". Her other grandma gets may-may.

    You'll be thrilled with whatever he/she names you!

  2. Anne Mateer says:

    Congrats, Niki! Whatever the baby calls you, you'll be such a hip and cool grandma! So fun!

  3. Cheryl Klarich says:


    I agree with Debra and Anne, you will love hearing the wee one say your special name… sigh…

    Babies are so awesome!

  4. Sandy says:

    I just could not choose any of your selections-sorry. None seemed quite right. I too, feel that your name from baby will come along with the talking but in the meantime, they have to hear something to associate you with a name. I chose my grandma name to differentiate me from the other grandmas and great-grandma in the family. Whatever you are called, I know you will love it.
    Hugs- 'Grandma Sandy'

  5. Heather says:

    First of all, congratulations! I can't wait to see that tiny woman with a big belly.
    Secondly, come on over and I will teach you to crochet. I think it's better than knitting (or easier at least)
    I am with you about not clarifying with first names. I guess it is what we did as kids, but somehow I wanted Matthew to know the difference. I tried teaching him Oma for my mom – german for Grandma. He made it his own and calls her Moma(with a long O). My mom likes it because it's like More momma.
    I voted for Kiki, but maybe I take it back now that I am thinking of it. K is a hard sound for little ones. They will end up using a T and you will be Titi, which seems like something they would say when they want to nurse. Mimi is probably the easiest one, or turn Nina into Mima. Mima sounds nice because it reminds me of me or mine so you would belong to them!

  6. Georgiana Daniels says:

    Congratulations! That's great news 😀

    My mom did not want the traditional grandma title either, so we went with the Eskimo word for grandma. Nice to throw a little different flavor in the stew 😉

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