Today I became an aunt!
I could not be more excited. I barely slept anticipating this child's arrival. So now she is here. The boys have a cousin, I have a niece and my sister is a mother. Weird!
Just getting the text that she was in labor brought back a flood of memories from when my own children were born. I liked being pregnant. Even giving birth was strange, exhilarating and (almost) enjoyable. A small part of me was jealous.
That phase of our life as a couple is over now. I know that its the right decision. Its pragmatic. Its a decision I made with my head. But, my heart...oh my heart...my heart yearns for that sweet moment of introduction. Those long, head-spinning hours of anticipation. My exhausted arms want to curl protectively around a helpless little baby.
Welcome, Norah. We are all a little weird (but only enough to be mistaken for charming), we all live much too far away from each other (although I have a feeling like you might win Oma and Opa over to your corner of the world), and even without seeing you I love you more than anything I write would ever hope to accurately describe.