Baby, Baby

Posted: July 18, 2012 in Celebrations, Family, Life, Love
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As several of you already know, almost three weeks ago my sister had a baby boy and I became an aunt for the very first time. What some of you may not know is that when my sister first found out she was pregnant I lost it. (If there are any guys reading this I’m sure they just muttered “typical woman” under their breath).

You see, I had it in my head that being eight years older than my sister, I was the one who was going to make her an aunt first. I was going to have the first grandchild. In fact, if I’d stuck to the ridiculous timeline I had in my head when I was a teenager, I would’ve popped out four grandkids before she even had her first one.

My breakdown only really lasted a day though, because I realized two things. One, my sister was going to need me—both before and after the baby was born. And two, I was going to have a niece or a nephew to smother the crap out of (maybe both literally and figuratively).

So on June 29th, 2012 at 10:24pm we welcomed Conor into the world and while I’m probably pretty biased—he’s one of the most perfect looking babies I’ve ever seen. So much so that I’m almost afraid to have one now for fear that no baby will ever be as cute as my nephew. I’ll manage though.

Over the course of the past 10 months or so, I’ve watched my sister morph into a mom and I’ve learned just about all there is to know about pregnancy and the actual delivery of a baby. I love my sister—she’s one of my best friends, and I’ve never been more proud of her than I am right now in this moment. Her world went a little bit topsy-turvy when she found out she was pregnant, and I know for a fact she was scared—but now here we are 10 months later, and both her and baby boy have made it through with flying colors.

So, now, as I mentioned above, I get to smother the crap out of my nephew. I also want to be that cool aunt that teaches him stuff he’ll think back to and say, “Oh yeah. Stephanie told me about that!”

  • Read as much as you can when you’re little. That’s when books are the most fun.
  • Be nice to people. And if they’re not nice back, be even nicer.
  • Under no circumstances should you stick your tongue to a frozen pole.
  • When people make fun of you, remember that it’s because they don’t like themselves and you’re just caught in the crossfire.
  • You can make a sandwich out of anything.
  • Jesus loves you. This I know, because the Bible tells me so.
  • Don’t throw temper tantrums. All that does is embarrass your parents and make them upset, which is NOT going to lead to you getting those Legos you really wanted.
  • There is nothing wrong with wishing on falling stars. Nor is there anything wrong with sleeping with a stuffed animal.
  • You can be anything you want to be.
  • Cocoa Puffs are delicious, but are even better with chocolate milk.
  • Both of your parents are pretty short, so in addition to the Cocoa Puffs, make sure you eat your vegetables.

I’m sure that I’ll think of more indispensable advice along the way, but I think that’s a good starting point for Conor. Maybe someday we’ll sit down and look at this blog together. Don’t tell him this, but if we do that, and I find out he hasn’t been eating his vegetables—I won’t even be mad.

  1. Jill E. Ford says:

    Steph, What a wonderful blog. I might even have some old story books you could borrow to read to Connor. Love you girl!! jill

  2. Kim Schaa says:

    Conor is a lucky little boy to have an aunt as special as you Steph!

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