You Say It’s Your Birthday

Dear Niece,

To announce your arrival, your pap-pap texted me “6# 15 oz”. I cried for joy and relief.

We’ve been waiting for you for a long time. I admit that I had an inappropriate level of anxiety regarding your mom’s pregnancy and labor. I hope that I didn’t let it show. Because I was also overjoyed and excited. I have been on tenterhooks since your mom called to tell me she was pregnant with you.

Your mom had a long, tough week getting you here. I am so proud of her for doing what she needed to do. Getting news and photos of you has been the highlight of the week. My thoughts will be with your mom as she recovers and bonds with you.

When your nonna texted your name, I cried again. You are named after one of the strongest women that I ever had in my life. I’m sad you didn’t get to meet her in person, but I sure am looking forward to sharing stories with you.

I started a journal entry yesterday as part of this project in which I am participating. The prompt for the day was “I can’t imagine my life without…” and without even hesitating I finished the sentence with “my family.”

And I don’t just mean my immediate family of husband and children (although, of course, them too); I mean my extended, wonderful, large Irish-on-one-side and Italian-on-the-other family, all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and more cousins that I regularly get to interact with. My whole life has been shaped by these clans. I can’t imagine it any other way.

You’ll see what I mean. No doubt your mother and father will have a few stories to tell.

I keep looking at pictures of you. I’m quite smitten. It’s a little ridiculous.

We are all looking forward to meeting you. Your cousins are very excited. I also want to check in with your mom and your dad. It’s been a long time since your father had a newborn! I am also excited for your finally big sister; she will teach you about dance and fashion, and help get your dad wrapped around your little finger, I’m sure.

Happy birthday, Niece. I am so happy you are here.

Your Aunt Dawn

Calendula flowers on a wooden table.
The October flower calendula on a wooden table. No doubt you will be as bright and lovely. Image credit: igorr.

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