Kelly Healey was just 30 years old when her teenage daughter Skye Salter gave birth to Bailey, now 3, in August. Upon learning Skye was expecting, Ms Healey offered ‘love and support’ because ‘what was done was done’ – but the mother-of-five admits she ‘never expected’ to know she was about to become a grandmother so young.
She said: ‘I never expected to find out I was going to be a grandmother while I was still in my 20s. But there’s no point yelling at Skye about it. What has been done has been done. All I can do is offer love and support. As a mother, you just have to deal with these. I act like I’m in my 20s, so it doesn’t feel right to be an old wOᴍᴀɴ. My friends think it’s hilarious that I have a grandson. He is always mistaken for my son. ‘
Skye was living with her dad and stepmother in Cranford, West London, when she did a digital check and found out she was expecting in 2018. She was quickly referred to West Middlesᴇx Hospital in Isleworth for an ultrasound and doctors revealed she was 36 weeks and 4 days Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ.
Skye was sʜᴏᴄᴋed to hear the news and was told by doctors that ‘abortion is not an option’ because she found out she was Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ too late. Skye, now 17, recalls: ‘I was Sᴛᴜɴned.. I had a secret feeling I might be Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ which is why I’d suggested the test. The dad is a local lad around my own age.
‘I can not believe it. I will likely become a mom during the holidays. Just a few weeks before that, I was exercising and climbing up and down hills. Of course, finding out you’re Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ too late means that abortion isn’t an option. But I can’t do it anyway. Seeing my baby’s heartBᴇᴀᴛ on the screen, my heart was filled with love. I knew from that point onwards I would always take second place, and my baby Bᴏʏ would take first.’
Meanwhile, Mrs Healey revealed that her mother did not feel ‘ready’ to be a great-grandmother at 48. She told the newspaper: “I’m not sure, however, my mother is ready to be a great-grandmother at 48. or not. I think that also makes her the youngest great-grandmother in the UK. ‘