'UK's Youngest Grandparents' Shock Strangers When They Show Off Grandchild
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A couple have dubbed themselves the 'UK's youngest grandparents' after having their first grandchild at just 33 and 35-years-old.
Jenni Medlam, now 34, gave birth to her daughter, Charmaine at 17 but the relationship didn't work and that's when she met her hubby, Richard, 35.
Jenni, who is from Hull, felt isolated as a single mother but has thanked Richard, who acts like a father to Charmaine.
The 17-year-old has had a similar story to her mother as she recently welcomed a baby with her boyfriend of two years.
However, that's why Jenni and Richard are determined to support their her as much as possible, because they've been through it themselves.
And of course, the pair have become some of 'the youngest' grandparents in the UK and they often think that their grandchild, Isla-May, is their own baby.
Jenni said: "When we are out with Isla everyone just assumes that she is mine and Richard's daughter.
"When we explain to them that we are actually grandparents they get the absolute shock of their life.
"Most people don't believe us when we tell them.
"But I can obviously understand why people would think we are her parents as we are still in our early thirties.
"When Charmaine first told us that she was pregnant and that we were going to become grandparents we were really shocked.
"It has been a whirlwind but we love our new roles. I'm Nanna and Richard is G'pa.
"Being young grandparents just means you have more time to love your grandchild and longer to cherish them. And we might even get great-grandchildren."
The once teenage mum also has two other daughters, Chelsey, 13, and Scarlett, 10, and she doesn't want them to go through the same self-isolation that she did.
She added: "I knew exactly how Charmaine would be feeling having to tell her mum she was pregnant.
"But I told her it's her body and her decision and I would support her either way.
"And since falling pregnant it has really made Charmaine grow up, Isla has been the making of her. She is an incredible mum and I think it has made the bond between Charmaine and me even stronger.
"I think she has even more respect for me now as her mum. We all live together under one roof too which is lovely.
"She's still with the baby's dad and they've been together almost two years, so Isla also has all of his lovely family. We look after Isla quite often to give Charmaine a break."