Of Course

Remember the epidemic of pregnant women I told you about? Well the babies are arriving! Curiously, no storks delivered them and their super moms had to do all the grunt work. I took Charlotte to visit my newborn nephew, Colton, yesterday. I went over with: a meal, snacks, a card and my fully walking toddler. It didn’t take a minute upon arrival for Charlotte to discover her cousin in the baby cradle. Charlotte is a very cautious girl and actually understands the term “gentle” but that didn’t stop her from attempting to touch his face, a moment I wish I could have captured on camera but my hands were busy keeping her hands from poking his newborn eye. The Aunt part of me just wanted to hold him and kiss his little face, while the Mommy part of me had to pull Colton’s hospital hat from Charlotte’s mouth. To give her credit though Charlotte didn’t screech or break anything, which sure made this mommy proud.

 Charlotte meeting her cousin for the first time.

Charlotte meeting her cousin for the first time.

We tried our luck again today by visiting 1 month old baby Shane. Again I had to run interference. This taught me a valuable lesson: always bring a baby wrangler along so I can cuddle the newborn. On the drive home while we were singing a killer rendition of The Wheels on the Bus I got to thinking. You know when you see a couple together that simply fit; when you see new parents with their infant, all you can think is, of course. When I first held Charlotte, my heart knew her instantly. Watching her personality develop, while it always amazes me, has yet to surprise me because it is somehow familiar. Of course this is their baby and of course this is my baby. These tiny humans are right where they should be. All I can think is how in the world did we ever exist without them? 

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