I am a step-grandmother! My husband’s first grandchild, Juliet Katherine Rich, was born today in Eugene, Oregon.  Six pounds, 10 ounces. Mother and child doing well. Grandpa John, who turns 60 on Monday, will recover soon, I’m sure.

We’re in Chicago for my daughter’s graduation from University of Chicago Law School.  Tomorrow is the big day.  Allison worked hard for this and I’m proud of her for making it happen.

In two weeks, we’ll go to Oregon to view Baby Juliet, previously known as Peanut.

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  1. You’re not old enough to be a granny, step or not. Congrats to all!

  2. Tracy W says:

    Wow – congratulations – what a lovely day for you. You and your husband must be so proud.

  3. Congratulations on both counts!

  4. Nice. Congratulations. A daughter through law school and a new grandkid. Good things.

  5. Congratulations all around!

    I recently became a grandmother. I am in shock and awe of the powerful love I felt for that baby immediately. I never expected to feel like I would do anything for her and that I would miss her so much (they live in another state). It’s an amazing, terrifying, and hugely joyful experience. I am so happy you will have that, too!

  6. Diana Senechal says:

    Congratulations! That is wonderful.

  7. Bill Leonard says:

    What Suzanne Shanks said! We are now the pround grandparents of three, two of which, sadly, live in Texas (we survive in Silicon Valley).

    There is nothing like the love you feel immediately for a grandchild, blood relative, step- or whatever. Just cherish that child!

    And by all means, feel justifiable pride in your daughter’s achievement — and be sure to tell her so, as often as you think necessary. My wife and I have felt that same pride when both our sons graduated from college with degrees in serious subjects, and when the older one earned an MBA.