TC 16: Nieces and Nephews

There is so much I could say about this one. I first became an aunt when I was 17. That summer I had the privilege of nannying for my very first niece, Islay, starting when she was only 3 weeks old. I still treasure that time I spent with her, although I know she has no recollection of it. Then came Ian, and then the twins, Abby and Julia.

me with twinsI came home from college on Christmas break right after they were born and stayed with my brother/sis-in-law to help them. For a month I slept in one hour spurts, waking up to feed, change, etc. one of the babies every other hour. Very little sleep, but still an experience I wouldn’t give up for the world. Then came little Tessa and baby Sarah (though she is definitely not a baby anymore).

Caleb and HannahThen I married into a wonderful family and became the aunt of two more beautiful toddlers–Caleb and Hannah. Then just recently came baby Rafael.

Baby Rafael

The count is nine (so far), and the oldest is only seven.

I love every minute of being an aunt, even the diaper changes, tantrums, and babysitting that comes along with it. I remember sharing my bed with a 3-year-old Julia when she had the stomach flu. I remember the twins’ first camping trip. I remember putting a four-year-old Ian in front of me in the saddle and going “faster.” I remember holding sweet baby Sarah for an entire Superbowl Sunday.

With nieces

I wouldn’t give up being an aunt for anything in the world. I am so thankful to have each of these special children in my life. I love you guys!

Husband and I with Abby, Julia, and Sarah

me riding with Ian

Ian and Tessa

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One thought on “TC 16: Nieces and Nephews

  • December 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    nice post!

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