We agreed to wait until we got home from the airport and were sitting at the kitchen table, which would inevitably happen. As we all sat down, Ammachy (grandmother) included, Matt told his parents that we had a Christmas gift to give them. With that said, I looked at Mamma and told her that she was going to be an Ammachy, then at Dadda telling him he was going to be an Appachan and finally at Ammachy saying she was soon to be an Amammachy. I think Dadda was the first one to get it; Mamma may have been thinking that I didn't know the meaning of these Malyalam words I was using! But then Dadda explained what I had said, and big smiles formed on everyone's faces.
The last time we saw Mamma and Dadda was at Manoj (Matt's brother) and Leanne's wedding in September, and the whole time Mamma was subtly (but not so subtly) letting me know that she was ready to be a grandmother. After breaking the news to them in India, they all got up and gave me a hug, telling me congratulations. Mamma said she wished she would get to see my belly grow bigger, and I assured her that I would send her email updates and pictures.
It's a hard reality knowing that your in-laws are on the other side of the world. So many people don't get along with their in-laws, but I feel like I can't get enough of mine. They are such sincere, warm, loving people who delight in our happiness and success. I can't wait to share each step of the pregnancy with them, and to see them hold their first grandchild in their arms.