Corter Moon: On Becoming An Aunt
Friday, March 22, 2019

On Becoming An Aunt

It's an incredible feeling to have your own children, there is no doubt in that. But it seems there is something pretty special about becoming an aunt/uncle. There is a certain feeling I can't quite put my finger on. In a little under a month, my nephew, Dante Michael will enter this world.

I don't want to say it feels weird. I guess the more appropriate word is it feels different. Yes, I have my own incredible son that I would die for. But there is a feeling of wanting to be protective of my nephew, too. He isn't even here yet, and I already know that I would do anything in the world for this child.

I think my feelings stem from the fact that it's my little sister who is pregnant. We are not really that far apart in age. A mere 2.5 years. Making me 29 and she will turn 27 on the 28th of April. But it's so strange to think that this girl, well really, woman is going to have a child of her own. She is going to become a mother, like me. She is going to get to experience all the wonderful joys of motherhood.

Jessy has always had my back, no matter what. We've been through a lot together. From watching our father die of AIDS/Hep C at ages 9 and 12, respectively. We had to re-watch the whole thing play over again in front of our eyes with our mom's boyfriend, Dan, who passed away from cancer in 2015, who we both were extremely close to. Jess and her fiancee even chose the middle name Michael, as an homage to our father. That is something so special.

Nostalgically, I look back to the times when we were both teenagers. She'd invite me into her room to play video games with her. I look back on those times very fondly. Of course, then, as siblings typically do, we fight like cats and dogs. But we can't ever stay mad at each other for more than a day or so.

I have two best friends in this world. My husband, and my sister. I love them both fiercely. Obviously, there is a different love for each. I would do anything for Jessy, and I know that she would do the same for me. She has the best sense of humor and she can always make me laugh when I need it.

She has a heart of gold and will jump at the opportunity to help another person at a moment's notice. I know that she will be such an incredible mother. I cannot wait to see her interact with her son. I look forward to seeing the pure joy on her face when he reaches his milestones. I know and remember that feeling well.

She has found such an amazing man. He stands by her side, no matter what. Their relationship is a beautiful one. They share a love of gaming. They make each other laugh. It's really wonderful, and I couldn't be more happy for her.

Jess and Dylan, 

I want you to know that you two are going to be 100% amazing parents. You both are strong and incredible human beings. Dante is very lucky to have you as his parents. He is going to thrive and will be an amazing little boy. Cherish the small moments. Don't worry about the little things in life. I've learned that everything always works out, in the end. Learn from your mistakes, and know that we have all made mistakes. Parenting isn't an exact science and we all have our own methods of how we want to raise our children. Stick to what you want.

Enjoy every moment with him. Snuggle and play as much as you can. This is something that every single mom says to other moms. But I will repeat it here, anyway. Don't blink. You have seen how amazingly quick Syrus has turned from newborn to toddler, kindergartner and will enter the fourth grade in the fall. He will be 10 next year. So, soak up those beautiful moments while you can. Jess, listen to your motherly instincts. They are usually right. You'll understand what I mean soon.

I know that you guys are going to kick ass at parenting. I love you both. You guys are going to be great. And as for Dante? I already love him with all of my heart. I look forward to spending the days with Jess, and him. 

Syrus is so so excited to become a cousin. Even if there is an age gap. He is already ready to read to him, feed him and hold him (all with supervision, of course!)

Dante Michael, you are so loved by many people. I can't wait to meet you soon. 

Love, 

Your Aunt Jenn.

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