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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nephew #3

Yesterday I got a call from my mom telling me that she was on her way to my sister's house to babysit her 2 kids. I knew instantaneously that my sis was in labour. Which of course my mom confirmed, and I was sure it would only be a few hours before I found out if I had a new nephew or niece (my sister was made for birthing babies).

As predicted, the second phone call came 2.5 hours later from the new mama to tell me my nephew had arrived. My heart was filled with joy and it suddenly brought me back to the day Pauly was born. It's always exciting to have a new baby arrive but I think until you have one of your own, you can't really appreciate the rush of emotions that come with seeing and holding your new son or daughter.

So today, after lunch, I packed up the necessities and Pauly and I went to see the little angel. He was just adorable. And I'd forgotten how small a newborn really is. I held him in my arms and once again it brought me back to June 18, 2010. A little piece of heaven...that's what babies are. He was beginning to stir and started sticking his tongue out so I reluctantly handed him back in case he was hungry. After a few moments I wanted to hold him again but I couldn't disregard the fact that my own son needed me. So I sat and chatted with them for a while. Every so often getting up to show Pauly his new cousin.

So congrats to my big sis and I'm wishing her all the best and sending all my love. I can't wait to see the little angel again.

And...I get to become an aunt all over again in a few months.

"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for."
-- Anonymous

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another New Year

The holidays have come and gone and they were fabulous.

There is always something special about celebrating with family and this year was no different.

Christmas eve was celebrated at my mom's place and little Pauly had a blast. My sister's kids are 4 and 2 and they were all over him. Pauly was sharing his toys and at one point Róisin (the 2 year old) picked up a toy that Pauly has lost interest in. Or so we all thought. A mere 2 seconds after pushing the button, Pauly turned his head, reached up to her and with furrowed brows began his "Ahhhhhh" in protest. For us, it was the funniest thing but I'm sure Pauly didn't appreciate our laughter. A flustered Róisin quickly handed the toy back and everything was as it was before.

Dinner was good, dessert was great and as anticipated, Pauly was more interested in the wrapping paper then his actual toys. I suppose you can't ask for much from a 6 month old.

The next morning, Paul, Pauly and I enjoyed our own Christmas.

My favourite gift was the car starter Paul got for my Element. No more trekking outside to start the car on those cold winter days :)

After lunch we started packing up and shortly there after, made our way to my in-laws. Thus continuing the Christmas saga. We settled in by opening presents and then had a wonderful dinner. After, Pauly and I took an impromptu nap on the couch while the rest of the family watched Inception.

The following day we went to my sister's for a Christmas lunch with my dad. He had a great time playing with his grandkids and wished us all a Merry Christmas before leaving.

Since it's soooo difficult to buy for people who need nothing and who usually have what they want, Paul and I decided to take some family portraits and give them to our family. We though it would make a good personal gift and we were right. Especially since family is the core of Christmas for us.