Yes, I’m celebrating a bit because as of 2 weeks ago, one of my baby sisters (yes, she’ll always be a baby sister to me) had a healthy baby girl. Sweet baby N seems to already be settling into the fold quite nicely, with big sister C taking a vested interest in all things baby. Rainelle has always been a mom-like figure to me, even though she was the younger of us, so to see her with a second seems nothing short of natural. Quick examples of her mothering traits: she was always the teacher when we played school (and later became a real one), and when it was my turn to load the dirty dishes into the dishwasher, she would rearrange them the “right” way. Sorry, Rainelle, had to share that one!
Anyway, it’s easy to see how much love this little one will receive. Besides her big sister, she has my two daughters who want nothing but to touch her soft cheeks and hold her all day. Another two cousins who live abroad who want to video “chat” with her, and an additional two cousins on Doug’s side who live in the next town over! All under the age of 5. Welcome to the chaos of family gatherings, little one, welcome.
Doug and Rainelle, congratulations on such a darling little addition to your beautiful family. As for you, big sister C, I know how much you love your new baby sister, but I *did* happen to catch a little I’m-not-so-sure-about-this-baby-thing look (see the last photo below). I’ll tell you what my mother told us time and time again up until a week before she passed away: friends may come and go, but you will always have your sister. Treasure her as I treasure your mom, your Auntie Beth, and Auntie Alyssa.
I love the baby snuggles I’ve already had and can’t wait for more. Mucho love-o.