Yes! That’s right my Sister Paige had her baby in June! Little Owen come into the world at 8lbs and 6ozs of healthy and happy baby boy!
I wasn’t there for there for his birth, because I had to leave to take care of my own baby – Buffy. I know some people won’t understand that, but even my Sister was worried about Buffy being on her own for too long.
When I got the first picture of my Sister holding her baby boy, I cried. I’d never seen her look so happy, so exhausted, so amazing all at once.
It is wonderful to see her and my brother-in-law with him. They are so natural with Owen. Mommy and Daddy suit them.
And for me, it was love at first sight!
And I’m making effort to take care of him. When he starts crying, my first instinct is to give him back to his Mom. But I don’t, because I know I need to be able to handle him on my own. And I’m learning to calm him down, and get him to sleep. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a big help here! (Of course! We’re already reading to him!)
I’ve also been thinking a lot about what it means to be an Aunt. I know it can’t compare to being a Mom, but there’s still a lot of responsibility.
For some reason it reminded me of when I was young and Charles Barkley made such a fuss about how he and other athletes weren’t role models. I was a huge Barkley fan, and I thought he was right. Athletes are terrible role models.
But now that I’m older, I realize that you don’t choose to be a role model. The kid who looks up to you chooses it for you. And if you’re in the public eye, then some kid somewhere is going to look up to you. And you have responsibility to them.
And you know what? Sometimes life chooses it for you.
I don’t know that my nephew will ever look up to me and see me as a role model, but I still have a responsibility to him. Because I will be a part of his life and have some influence over him. I know my Aunt Joeldean had a lot of influence in my life.
I want to teach my nephew to have kindness and compassion for everyone he meets. I want to teach him to stand up for those that other’s pick on. I want to teach him to enjoy all the strange and wonderful things about life! And if I’m able to impart a little Doctor Who/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings love to him, so much the better!
And if I screw up and my nephew sees it, I hope that I don’t have the arrogance to say you shouldn’t be watching me kid- I’m no role model. Instead, I hope I say that I messed up, but I’m going to learn from it, and I hope you do too.
I already love this little guy so much! Even if he does puke on me and pee on my bed…
What about you? Are you an Aunt or an Uncle? Any words of advice for this newbie? Let me know in the comments!