There is a new person in the world. My little sister is a mother. I’m an auntie. My daughter is a cousin.
My first nephew was delivered by c-section on Monday morning and we’re all besotted. They gave him a lovely name but let’s just call him lilman here.
He is beautiful and amazing and I want to cuddle him all the time. Maybe it’s my hormones but watching my sister with lilman makes me just want to smother them both in kisses and love (obviously I restrain myself as I don’t want to freak her out totally).
Over the last 9 months I’ve had the privilege of being there to witness my sis go through her first pregnancy. I’ve watched in amazement as this career girl let her maternal side emerge as she embraced impending parenthood.
Being due only 3 weeks apart meant we got to spend a lot of very special time together and compare notes on both the wonders and trials of pregnancy. We would sit in sis’s kitchen, while crazypixie reorganised all her cupboards, eating fruit and chocolate (standard pregnancy fare) bemoaning varicose veins and swollen ankles and sharing the wonders of little kicks and wriggles.
I’m now looking on in awe as she takes to parenting like a natural (which she is). And I feel the overwhelming pride of big sister as I watch her and her husband deal calmly yet confidently with specialists about health concerns and as they battled the health system to make sure their lilman could be exclusively breast fed (why oh why do the some midwifes think a bottle is the solution to everything).
We’re having conversations now that I never imagined: there are text messages in the middle of the night about the joys of blocked ducts and sore nipples.
I’m so looking forward to the weeks ahead as our little ones grow up alongside each other.
I’ve also been thinking of my girls and I can only hope that crazypixie and littlespud share a similarly supportive relationship (oh, I know they’ll be fit to kill each other at times too) throughout all the ups and downs of their lives.
Oh dear, I think I may be turning into a sentimental wreck in these last few weeks of pregnancy……..