"I can't wait for about 45 more days, and I'm gonna have a little baby granddaughter," Sarah Palin says of daughter Bristol's pregnancy
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Did Sarah Palin ever imagine her daughter Bristol would end up “unmarried and pregnant” – for a second time?

“Heck, no,” the former governor of Alaska replied when asked that question during a new interview on CBS’ Sunday Morning.

Opening up for the first time about her daughter’s second pregnancy, Palin continued, “Because being a single mom is, oh my goodness, my heart goes out to the single parents. But my enormous admiration for what it is that they’re able to accomplish doing double-duty. And I watch Bristol do double-duty all the time, you know, with her little boy, Tripp.”

Looking back on her disappointments over the past year, Palin, 51, candidly included 25-year-old Bristol’s canceled wedding to Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, which was called off less than a week before the big day.

The unexpected announcement was followed by an even bigger surprise: Bristol was pregnant with her second child. (She already has a 6-year-old son, Tripp, with her first ex-fiancé, Levi Johnston.)

But for Palin, the silver lining in Bristol’s second brush with marriage is easy to see.

“I can’t wait for about 45 more days, and I’m gonna have a little baby granddaughter – and I’m happy about it,” the former vice presidential candidate said Monday, adding that she “absolutely” considers the new addition a blessing.

“Of course, there are those who say, ‘Come on, this goes against everything you stand for,’ ” CBS correspondent Tracy Smith pointed out to Palin.

“Well, the cool thing about puttin’ your faith in God is, He certainly is a God of second chances – and third, and fourth and fifth chances,” Palin replied.

“I screw up all the time.”