'I'm a gran at 34 and people think I'm grandson's mum - but daughter vetoed my name'

By Beth Kilgallon & Alex Bellotti

A woman in the UK who became a granny at the age of 24 has said she’s often mistaken as her grandson’s mum and that she hates being called a nana.

Rosie Morant became a grandparent after her daughter Morgan, who is now 19, gave birth to baby Rox in November 2020.

The Edinborough native was always aware she could become a young gran after giving birth to her own daughter at 16, but she never expected she'd be only 34.

Rosie, now 35, said: "I had mixed emotions when I found out I was going to become a gran at such a young age.

"I knew I would always be younger than most grandparents but I didn't think it would happen so soon.

"I was apprehensive and I had no idea what I wanted to be called to my grandson because I wasn't comfortable with any of the terms.

"It's still yet to be decided too. I was quite keen on the term glammy but my daughter vetoed that idea.

"I'm just not comfortable with being called granny yet.

"When I am out with Rox while looking after him people are always assuming he is my baby.

"But I am totally not surprised because why on earth would they think I would be his gran?

"Although I was nervous about the whole thing, it has been a really good experience and I am happy to take such an involved role in my grandson's life."

Rosie, who also has a 10-year-old son called Logan, was 15 when she discovered she was pregnant with Morgan and gave birth at the age of 16.

She says that the pregnancy came as a shock as it was extremely unexpected and unplanned.

The program planner added: "I was in turmoil about what I was going to do and I had little family support.

"The relationship I was in was very unhealthy and it had ended long before I found out I was pregnant.

"But I decided to keep the baby and do it alone.

"Being a single and young mum was difficult because I was just a teenager myself.

"I even carried on at school where there was a young mums unit with a creche for babies.

"As Morgan got older we developed a really close and open relationship.

"We have a more sisterly relationship rather than mum and daughter.

"We had lots of conversations about her life and babies weren't on the radar and she didn't want to make the same mistakes as me."

When her daughter told her she was pregnant, Rosie admits to feeling upset as she knew first-hand how much of a struggle it was.

But Rosie was aware of how hard it was to do without any support and didn't want her daughter to feel alone.

She said: "I wasn't over the moon but I am glad Morgan knew she could talk to me.

"I'd been through it myself so I knew how to support her. I've got that real-life experience.

"Being a young gran has its positives as I am still fit and active and can run about after Rox and help out.

"I love being so involved too because my daughter is still so young so I want her to still live her life and I can look after the baby when she needs it.

"It's crazy that I have a grandchild while some of my friends are just having their first babies.

"But I have enjoyed taking on the role as it's not really been that long since I last had a baby, so I can still remember everything.

"It's been bizarre to watch my daughter become a mum but she has been amazing.

"She's so natural and is not nervous or clumsy as most first-time mums can be."

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