DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My daughter was in a relationship with a man she thought would be her life partner, if not her husband in time.
Two months ago, they both came over to my house to tell me my daughter is expecting, and that although they intend to remain good friends, they will no longer be a couple, and the father of my future grandchild has promised to support his child emotionally and financially.
I could tell this was not an easy conversation for them to have with me. I really like “Coulton,” and I know my daughter loves him and fully thought he was her “one.” After Coulton left, my daughter told me he told her he has feelings for her, but not the kind to build a lifetime on.
I can tell it just about broke my daughter’s heart, but she is tough and will have a lot of support from her family and friends, including me, her dad, my parents, her brothers and their wives, and the coworkers she has grown very close to. When they were at my house, she and Coulton said his parents and family plan to be very involved with the baby too.
So, while all that makes me feel a little better, why does what ought to be exciting news about a new grandchild make me feel more sad than joyful? --- WHY AM I NOT EXCITED?
DEAR WHY AM I NOT EXCITED?: It’s more than understandable that you have mixed feelings about your daughter’s pregnancy due to the breakup of her relationship with the baby’s father.
Hopefully her ex will make good on his intentions be an involved and supportive parent to their child. If that stays the case, then between your daughter’s family and friends circle and her ex-boyfriend’s, there should be, as you hope, a good care network for both your daughter and grandchild.
Formalizing the terms of the parental partnership before the baby arrives may make for a better situation for your daughter and grandchild than is often the case when couples split up at some point after their children are born.