Probably the least most Christmassy post for Blogmas. Soz guys.
But, this is a special one. It’s also a post most people wouldn’t expect as I’m one of the least maternal people going. But, I am an Auntie. I’m an Auntie to two lovely children and it’s quite hard to imagine my life without them. I can’t remember my future sister in law and husband without their two children, even with the youngest only being around for the past 4 months.
Today is my nephew’s 4th birthday. He’s my only nephew and he’s a pretty cool kid. It’s crazy to think he’s 4 years old today and next year he’ll be starting school and starting his first proper steps towards independence. He’s pretty much all grown up and if it’s anything like the past 4 years, the next ones are going to be just as much fun.
Without meaning to brag, I’m one of his favourite people. I saw him on Sunday and he shared his ice cream and biscuits with me. He’s been a biscuit gremlin since day one so it’s a pretty big deal. I also forced him to colour in, and he forced me to play with his cars and watch some weird youtube video. It’s swings and roundabouts but somewhere in the mix, we’re the best of pals. He’s also taught me a lot in his short 4 years, and here’s a few of them:
Happy Birthday Declan Jacob, this one is for you pal.
1. Every present in their first year is for the parents. Are they gonna appreciate the Cath Kidston lunch bag or the Converse? Nope. But Mum sure will!
2.It’s perfectly acceptable to go to bed at 10pm after spending all day with them. It’s exhausting playing with cars, being a bridge and watching Blaze and the Monster Machines for 12 hours.
3. You suddenly remember you’re not the youngest in the immediate family anymore. But, it does mean you’ll automatically become the cool, trendy relative who’ll be the only one under 40 when your nephew turns 18.
4. You learn to have conversations with your nephew or niece about things you really don’t know anything about. Either because they are making shit up or talking about TV characters like they are best friends.
5. You have a brand new admiration for their parents. They’ve grown and kept alive a human, and made a pretty cool human at that. Whereas it’s a miracle if you’ve got an empty washing basket on Sunday night.
6. It takes you by surprise watching this mini-person learn or see things for the first time and thinking that it was you once upon a time.
7. You’ll never ever get anywhere on time with your niece or nephew in toe. Kids require one hell of a lot of stuff for a day out.
8. You automatically get an air of cool about you. Got purple hair? Yep, your nephew wants their hair like that too. You’re a mystery; that person who only comes when they can but is the coolest person ever when they are there. What am I really doing when I’m not with my nephew? Watching Greys Anatomy. That’s what.
9. But you don’t understand how this person who thinks you are so cool has no interest in your hobbies or how you are. They are just trying to blackmail you into watching more episodes of Paw Patrol or watch Cars for the hundreth time.
10. Parents don’t actually wanna talk about their kids all the time and have a life outside their child. You don’t care how many times they are pooing and they really don’t either as they actually have to see the shit.
11. You have the perfect excuse to play with toys again and watch Disney films ALL the time. Fancy a lazy day? Whack on The Lion King and you’re sorted.
12. You will always have a friend for life. You’ve watched this human grow from the day they were born, you’ve bestowed them with gifts since day one and you get to experience every change they’ll continue to make. And hopefully that’ll grow into an everlasting friendship..