Manzo’d with Children is expanding. Caroline and Al’s daughter, Lauren Manzo Scalia, and her husband, Vito, are expecting a baby.
Caroline talked about the new arrival with Bravo’s Daily Dish. Though only fifty-five, Caroline doesn’t mind being a Grandma.
“Listen, it’s life. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m getting older. Guess what? It’s happening. It’s hitting the fan. So it’s part of our story. It’s part of what we’re supposed to be doing. I’m glad to be able to be alive and see my kids grow and start families and meet my grandchildren. So if grandma is the worst I’ve got to deal with, call me ‘Grandma,’ it’s fine.”
She swears she hasn’t been pressuring Lauren to procreate.
“Oh, gosh, for me, it was always when God’s will, that’s when she was gonna have a baby. I never said to her, ‘I want a grandchild.’ I never, never said that to her because when it happens, it happens.”
Al, on the other hand, has been eager for grandkids. He can’t wait to dote on the baby.
“When you see ‘grandpa’ in a dictionary, [Al’s] picture will be there because this is something he’s talked about our entire married life. You know, ‘When are we having grandchildren? Are we having grandchildren?’ He’s very, very proud. He doesn’t want to allow himself to get excited until he knows that she’s OK and the baby’s OK.”
Lauren and Vito only recently moved out of Caroline’s house. So…are they really ready for added responsibility?
“You’re never ready to be a parent. You never put down on paper and say, ‘You know what? Now’s good. Let’s do it now,’ because you will never be ready because you are never prepared for how your life is gonna change.”
But Caroline has full confidence in the pair.
“After having said that, do I think they’re capable of raising a child in the best way that you would hope? Absolutely. They both have wonderful qualities about them. They’re very nurturing. Vito’s gonna be a phenomenal father. Lauren, of course, is gonna be a great mom. Are they gonna stumble and fall sometimes is a guarantee because I think every new parent does. But I think that it’s gonna be really fun to watch. It’s gonna be really, really fun to watch.”
Unlike Caroline’s own fractured family, the Manzos get along well with the Vito’s parents.
“This baby is a very lucky baby because the Scalias are even such wonderful people. It’s a very, very lucky baby.”
Caroline is going into grandparenthood full of piss and vinnegar.
“I just don’t want to be the grandma that sits in the chair and is not able to enjoy her grandchildren. I want to be a badass grandma. So I’m working on it.
Congratulations, Lauren and Vito. We can’t wait to add a new member into the Bravo family.
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