Twenty days ago another little guy came into my life when my nephew Christian was born. I have no intention of having a second baby, but whenever I get my hands on Porky Gabe feels obligated to say “Don’t get any ideas!” And yes, we call Christian Porky, haha. In case you’re curious, the nickname has nothing to do with his weight when he was born as he weighed over a pound less than Logan did; it was something my father-in-law called him since he was, as Logan puts it, “in Tia’s belly” and it stuck.
I may not want to make Logan a big brother, but that doesn’t mean I’m not loving this aunt business. It’s nice being able to hold the baby as much as I want and being able to pass him off if/when he gets fussy. Logan’s a fan of his baby cousin, too. The very first time he held the baby he said “I gonna take good care of you,” and the first time he heard Porky cry he announced “he needs chocolate milk!”
I can only imagine that the older Christian gets the more special he’s going to become to us; Logan and Christian aren’t going to just be cousins, they’re going to be friends.
In the meantime, I’m going to do what I (think I) do best and write a little letter for the little guy…
It seems like I just found out your parents were going to have a baby, and now that baby is here! You might have come as a surprise to us, but never for a moment was I not excited to finally get to feel and act like an aunt. The moment your mom told me they were having a boy I was on my way to retrieve the tubs of baby clothes, going through anything and everything I wanted to pass along to you, and we also have a bunch of other baby-friendly things your parents know they’re more than welcome to. Your Tio Gabe and I want you to be taken care of, as does your favorite cousin.
Although Logan can’t wait until you’re old enough to play trucks and tractors with him, and the day crying’s not your only method of communication, your Tia Kate is loving you just as you are. Whenever I’m getting my Christian Cuddles I know I’d do anything for you, whether it’s babysitting anytime your parents need me or making sure your mommy feeds you as much as your little tummy desires. (Heard you just gained your birth weight back– way to go, Porky!) You’re already a bundle of fun and I can only imagine how much more fun we’re going to have as you grow up, though I’m sure we’ll face our own share of disappointments, too. I’m not saying that to be a mean aunt, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.
Life isn’t easy whether you’re a baby, a young adult, or a senior, but just because something’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Just know that no matter how much of a soldier you have to be, you have at least the three of us in your corner, now and always.
Sincerely, Tia Kate ~!~