I am going to be an Aunt in a 135 days. Yup, there will be another sweet bundle of joy joining our family.
I always knew I would be an Aunt one day! My sister is such an amazing person and she has always loved kids, so it was no question that she would one day be a Mother. Me, not so much, I didn’t think I would be a Mum -ever- and if I was going to have kids, I always thought it would be after my younger sister had hers. I would be calling her crying in the middle of the night telling her that I can’t get the baby to stop crying or the famous, “Is this normal…” because she would have already been through it. But I had two kids before her.
OK, I do call her when I can’t get my oldest to listen to me or my youngest to stop crying. Sometimes a girl just needs her sister.
But she is now calling me during her pregnancy with the “is this normal” questions. I love it. I love that I have so recently gone though this to help her. I love that I can be there for her. I know she is going to call me once the baby arrives with a million questions she never thought she’d ask.
“Is the poop suppose to be that colour?”
” <insert boob questions here>”
“Will it ever go back to the way it was (some random body part)”
“Will the baby ever sleep through the night?”
“Am I suppose to be this tired?”
I still find myself saying things I did not think I would ever say, or think would happen!
What I am most excited about is that my sister gets to join the motherhood club. She gets to experience the joys and pains of being a Mum. (I wouldn’t trade it for anything). She is going to love this baby more than anyone she has ever loved before. Yup, even more than her husband and the cool thing is he isn’t going to mind because he feels the same. From the moment she holds that baby in her arms, love is going to fly out of ever pour in her body. I am so happy, so excited, so much love is coming out of me right now.
My sister and I have always been very similar. We would go to the dentist, we would have cavities in the same teeth. Little things through our lives have always lined up like that. Then we have babies, she is having her first in June, my oldest was born in June. We do everything similar in time. Maybe we were meant to be twins? Or maybe our Mum just raised us right, to love, support and be there for one another.
I have been preparing myself to be Auntie Ashley since my sister and I were kids. I always envisioned sleep overs with movies and popcorn. Playing games. Fun outings to the park, museum, concerts, or what ever fun event happen to be going on at the time. I have been looking forward to this day for so long. And now that I know what to do with kids from birth, I’m even more excited. I have loved being a Mum, and I am really going to love being ‘Auntie Ashley’. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it!
So little girl, just know that you are already loved more than you could begin to grasp. You’re parents have had some practice on you cousins, so they have been trained, -you’re welcome! You are going to be extraordinary. You are going to do great, great things in this world. I can’t believe how much I love you and you’re not even here yet.