When Jacqueline Laurita announced that her daughter Ashlee Holmes was pregnant on Instagram in March, she revealed that she was opting to be referred to as "Glamma" instead of "Grandma." After welcoming Ashlee's son, Cameron Hendrix Malleo, into the world in August, Jacqueline's husband Chris Laurita has decided to go with a more modern name as well. "I asked to be called 'G' because it sounds cooler than 'Grandpa. It’s been cool," Chris told The Daily Dish. "So far, so good."
Chris said that now seeing Ashlee as a mom has "been absolutely amazing," especially given the challenges that he and Jacqueline faced in raising her during her teen years, as we saw on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. "I cannot believe how much she has matured and what a great mother she is. After some of our challenges and struggles with her through the years — and a lot of people have seen that on TV — it kind of catapulted her into being an adult and a very responsible one, at that. She’s very, very, very attentive with her son," he said. "The fact that they’re living with us now, I get to see it and watch what she does and how she does it. She’s really been amazing, and I’m very happy to see that."
As for little Cam, he has been a little Angel, according to Chris. "He’s adorable, of course, but what baby isn’t?" the RHONJ husband gushed. "He’s actually very quiet. He only cries when he’s hungry, but other than that he’s checking things out. He’s getting to know his environment. He’s been great."
Jacqueline absolutely adores her grandson. "Jacqueline is obsessed with him already. She spends a lot of time with Ashlee and with the baby. She loves jumping in and helping out whenever she can," Chris shared. "Their relationship has gotten very, very strong."
Cameron is the first child for Ashlee and her fiancé Pete Malleo. As a parent and a husband of more than 15 years, Chris has been a valuable source of guidance as the couple became a trio, and they start their new life together as a family. "I told them that the most important thing is to have patience with one another and understand that there are going to be times when somebody’s going to be up late with the baby and somebody might be sleeping at the same time," Chris said of the advice he gave Ashlee and Pete. "But you guys need to work together on raising this child, because at the end of the day you’re molding him into a person. You just need to make sure that you guys are on the same page as far as how you want to do that and what you want to teach them."
From what he's seen so far, Chris is confident that the couple will do just fine. "Pete has been amazing, too. They’re very, very, very attentive," he said. "I’m really proud of how they’re doing things and they’re doing a great job."
Jacqueline couldn't wait to welcome her grandson home. Watch her gush about Ashlee's pregnancy, below.
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