14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Grandmother Of Nine Becomes A Great-Grandma - At The Age Of 28

Grandmother of nine becomes a great-grandma - at the age of 28

A woman has become a great-grandmother at the age of TWENTY-EIGHT!

Kelly Baker became an instant grandmother of nine after marrying a man 40 years her senior.

But now she has become a great-grandmother after baby Layla was born.

Kelly met her husband-to-be Bob, now 68, when she was 21. He has three kids who are much older than her – Derek, 45, Tracey, 44, and Lorraine, 38.

Even her eldest grandchild, Layla's 25-year-old mum Tahra, is only three years her junior.

But in an interview with the Mirror, Kelly, from Hemel Hempstead, insisted: "We're just like any normal couple really."

Kelly said she realises they are unlikely to have children of their own because of Bob's age but she revels in having such a large, ready-made family – especially now she has five-month-old Layla to dote on.

"She's so beautiful," she said. "It's so wonderful having a baby in the family. I know most girls dream of being a mother but I've got a lot to be thankful for. Bob has nine grandchildren and one great grandchild and I feel like they are my own family. We spoil them rotten.

"When I look at Bob I don't see a man 40 years older than me – I see a man who's passionate, loving and full of life."

They first met when Bob was dating a friend of Kelly's, who was also in her 20s.

"The first thing I noticed was his twinkly blue eyes. We both said a polite, 'Hello' to each other and that was it," she said.

"It might be hard to believe, but the age gap never crossed my mind."

She said: "Meeting Bob's daughters was the hardest. Tracey and Lorraine are over 10 years older than I am and I was worried they would question my intentions in being with their father. "

But once they had gotten to know me, they were very accepting and we've since become close."

She said she was also very nervous about introducing Bob to her parents, Sue, 54, and Maurice Darvell, 52.

She said: "Bob was at least a decade older than both of them and I was concerned how my mum would react when she found out his age.

"But luckily she saw past that and loved him just as much as I did."

Bob - grandfather to Tahra, Chloe, 21, Jade, 18, Arran, 18, Warren, 16, Chanice, 16, Kamran, 13, Amber, seven, and Toby, three – said: "The first time I saw Kelly I thought she was beautiful. She had the most gorgeous smile. We chatted for a while and hit it off straight away.

"When people realise she is my wife, not my daughter, they say, 'well done!' She's my best friend and I feel very lucky to be married to her.

"As for more kids, I'd never say never – Charlie Chaplin had a baby in his 80s – but now I'm a great-grandad the family is quite large enough!"

They're now looking forward to their first Christmas as great-grandparents.

Kelly said: "We're going to a local pub with all the children, grandchildren and Layla for a huge dinner. Bob's such a lively, bubbly person it's easy to forget he's actually a great-grandfather.

"We have proved everyone who doubted us wrong. We couldn't be happier."