Grandmother at 36

IS she of the youngest grandmas in town?Young, athletic and sprightly, you would be mistaken for thinking Michelle Crispin, 36, is foot loose and fancy free.

IS this one of the youngest grandmas in town?

Young, athletic and sprightly, you would be mistaken for thinking Michelle Crispin, 36, is foot loose and fancy free.

However Mrs Crispin is celebrating an extraordinary feat today after becoming grandparent to a bouncy baby girl.

Mrs Crispin, of Fitzwilliam Close, Stoke Park, is over-the-moon after her daughter 19-year-old daughter Chantelle gave birth to baby Briony Seaman.

The achievement is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that just weeks after Briony's birth in July, Chantelle's cousin also gave birth to a baby girl to make Mrs Crispin's sister a grandmother at the tender age of 34.

Mrs Crispin said she was left flabergasted on hearing news she would be a 36-year-old grandma.

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The new arrival means there are now five generations of women in the family - headed by 85-year-old great, great grandmother Elizabeth Mitchell.

Mrs Crispin said: “I was shocked because my daughter was studying to be a lawyer.

“She phoned me up and told me she had something to tell me and I instantly knew what it was.

“We were over the moon.

“I have always wanted grandchildren but to have one at a young age means I can grow up with her.

“My sister then told me she was going to be a grandmother so we were excited together.”

Mrs Crispin said that as a young grandmother she is following in the footsteps of her own mother, Joan Chapman who became a grandmother at the age of 34 when Mrs Crispin's daughter Chantelle was born.

She said: “I'm looking forward to looking after Briony whenever Chantelle needs me to.”

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Family tree:

Elizabeth Mitchell, 85, great great grandmother

Joan Chapman, 54, great grandmother

Michelle Crispin, 36, grandmother

Chantelle Chapman, 19, mother,

Briony Seaman, 0, baby

Young grans:

A WOMAN believed to be Britain's youngest grandmother was just 26 when her daughter gave birth to a baby boy back in 1999.

Her 12-year-old daughter, who was in her second year at comprehensive school, had the baby in the bathroom of their home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

She had not known she was pregnant.

The youngest ever grandmother is reported to be Mum-Zi, a member of Chief Akkiri's harem on the island of Calabar, Nigeria.

Mum-Zi became a mother at eight years and four months. Her daughter also delivered a child at age 8, making Mum-Zi a grandmother at age 17.

The youngest ever mother is reported to be a girl called Lina Medina, who delivered a 6lb boy by caesarean section in Lima, Peru in 1939, at an age of just five years and seven months.

The five-year-old suffered from a hormonal imbalance characterised by premature development.

Source: internet

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