Exactly TWO YEARS AGO today, you were born. It feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye, and yet when I think of how much you’ve grown and changed (heck, when I think of how much I’VE grown and changed) I can’t even believe it’s only been two years since the day I first held you and fell head over heels in love with your sweet little face.
So, let’s have a real talk here for a second. You’re not going to be an only child for much longer. Sometimes I feel like it’s not possible to adore more than one family baby more than this, but I know that in 6 months from now, that’s all going to change. You’re always going to be my first nephew, my godson, and my best little friend, but soon? Soon we’re going to be one more playing games, cuddling, and doing all the fun things I’ve come to adore with you.
I’m so excited to see you continue to grow and soon? Soon you’re gonna be a big brother. Your mom and dad are SO excited, though of course even at two years old even you’re still just a baby. Okay, so you’re not a baby like this anymore:
But sometimes I forget just how tiny you used to be. Can you believe it? We’re already at a time in your life where I FORGET that you were once small enough that I could circle you with both my arms. I found myself looking at lots of photos of you from your first year this past week. I’m so nostalgic for that time in your life, when you were still so dependent on the people around you & you were discovering your love for family for the very first time. I’m so in love with the little boy you are turning into, but I just can’t help missing the tiny you that has come and gone so fast.
Now? Well now, you’re a little toddler who walks and talks and knows JUST what he wants. Every time I see you it feels like you’ve gone through another growth spurt. You’re learning new words all the time, you mimic everything you see, and you can’t get enough of playing. I’d like to think that we are the best of friends; your hugs and toddler cuddles are the best and I love that you’ve grown so attached to me. We don’t see each other nearly often enough, but on the bright side I love the extra excitement on your face when we spend a whole day together. Maybe I do miss the teeny tiny you, but I love getting to know you as you grow up, and I’m so excited to see what kind of shenanigans we get into as you get older!
Exactly two years ago, I was a struggling University student. I was trying to get a grip on who I was, where I wanted to go, and who I wanted to become. I was falling in love with traveling for the first real time in my life, learning to be a bit more confident in myself, and then little you came in and taught me so, so many more things that made all the pieces fit together. I still remember the day of your birth like it was yesterday, I remember that it was the longest day of school possibly EVER, and all I wanted to do was meet you and hold you. I remember getting to the hospital and seeing how TEENY TINY you were, and not even knowing that as an aunt, I could be so flippin’ crazy about you.
Beyond the little you that has become the bigger you two years later, it’s been amazing to see the family grow and change with you. Your parents have learned so much from you and it’s so easy to see that their lives are completed because you’re in it. We all feel the same way, and I mean really, we just can’t get enough of your gorgeous little face!
I’m so excited to see what the next year brings for you, for me, and for everyone else in our lives. Happy birthday to one of my favorite people in this whole world!
Your auntie (and godmother!)