When my niece Isabelle was born, my heart filled with so much love I thought it was going to explode. Every time I saw my niece I’d fall even more in love — from her first smile, to her first giggle, to her first step, to her first word, I got to see it all. Izzy and I have a special bond one that I hope continues to grow as she gets older. To be honest, with Izzy in my life things seemed complete, I wasn’t sure I had enough room in my heart to love anyone else. But two years and twenty days later I was proved wrong.
This is Mia, my second niece. One look at her and it turns out that my heart can love even more. I’m excited to watch Mia grow up and see how similar or different she is from her big sister Izzy. Although I’d be just as happy with a nephew, I’m happy that Isabelle has a sister. Having an older sister is a gift, you have an automatic best friend, mentor, and protector. I’m two years and two months younger than my sister and without her in my life I don’t know who or what I would’ve become.
“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.”
― Barbara Alpert
If you follow me on any of my social networks — Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook — you may have noticed that I am officially an AUNT. At 8:22 am Saturday morning, a week before her due date, my sister called me to tell me that her water broke. Immediately I hit FREAK-OUT mode, my parents were on the way home from the cottage and I had no idea how long it took to have a baby after your water had broken. Thankfully my parents got home an hour or so later and I went to the hospital with my mom to be with my sister and brother-in-law. For the next 8+ hours I sat by and watched my sister go through labour.
My sister, being the laid back woman she is, smiled the entire time. She breathed through her contractions and was the strong, quiet type. The pain was intense but between my mom, brother-in-law, and myself we distracted her, made her laugh, and kept her spirits up. At 7:20 pm my sister finally began to push and within twenty minutes the beautiful baby Isabelle was born. I wasn’t in the delivery room but my mom and Richard said that Jessica did a wonderful job, and we’re all proud of her.
For a few weeks now I’ve been utterly bored with my life (what a silly thing to be, but that I am nonetheless). I’ve been craving change, action, and adventure. I’ve been itching to travel. I’ve been distracted and not really myself. Yesterday changed all of that. Not only was it busy and nerve-wrecking but it was one of the most amazing days of my life. My sister became a mother, my brother-in-law became a father, and by extension I became an aunt. Tears stung my eyes the moment I walked into the delivery room and saw the little family. My sister held my niece tightly and she and her husband smiled the proudest, happiest smiles I’ve ever seen. One look in their baby girl’s eyes and I knew I was in love. She’s here, she’s actually here… I kept thinking and in that moment I forgot about everything and I felt truly thankful. She is the most beautiful miracle I’ve ever witnessed and I am so lucky to be her aunt.
I hope your weekend was a wonderful as mine.
Today I went to my sister’s second ultrasound, which means she’s hit the 20-week mark of her pregnancy (WOW!). I wasn’t sure what to expect, I’ve seen ultrasounds on T.V. and in movies but never in real life. I walked into Exam Room #5 to see my sister laying on a bed, her hard round tummy exposed and plastered with a nasty green goop. I walked further into the room and took a look at the extremely high-tech computer. I watched as the technician glided a gray gizmo along my sister’s belly. And there it was, my niece or nephew. With a perfectly round head, a sweet little nose, and the tiniest feet I’ve ever seen. I watched him (I always say ‘him’, I don’t know why) move around, kick, and then place his fists under his chin, as if posing for Mommy, Daddy, Tia, and Grandma! My eyes began to fill with tears, my heart was literally swollen with happiness, and I thought So THIS is love at first sight.
In the car on the way home I stared at the ultrasound picture and couldn’t get over how incredible that moment was. I’m so glad my sister and brother-in-law asked me to go with them (or said yes when I harassed them about it :P). It was an amazing thing to witness and seeing the smile on my sister and brother-in-law’s face really spoke to me. It spoke of happiness, of excitement, of awe, of shock, and of pure pure love. The last time I saw my sister this happy was on her wedding day — her happiness is a beautiful sight.
Baby Bear, you will be the most loved child on the face of the Earth and your Tia cannot wait to meet you!
Jess and Rich, thank you for letting me be apart of this amazing day.
Jess, that’s going to be YOU soon — minus the cat, we hate cats.