Hey friends! I hope you had a great week!
Two weeks ago from today, I met my 5 month old niece, Nola, for the FIRST time! I wasn't sure how i'd feel once I met her and see my little sister be a mother but let me tell you, it was the best feeling. Everyone said there's nothing like having nieces or nephews and I'm not sure how much I believed them until now.
When my mom and I arrived to my sisters house, Nola was sleeping. I purposely went in the room hoping she'd wake up and the moment I looked into her crib and saw her tiny, perfect body sleeping, I immediately balled my eyes out. Not even kidding! Suddenly I felt an uncontrollable amount of pure happiness and love for this baby that didn't even know who I was. She woke up (plan worked lol) and i held her for the first time. I felt a kind of connection to her that i've never felt before. I've held many babies in my life but none that ever felt in this way. I look at her and think that she is my sisters child. My sister who we grew up together, have the same birthday and have protected each other since day one. Now it's our turn to protect Nola.
I was curious as to if seeing her would give me "baby fever" but it didn't in the way that I immediately would want a baby. It really makes me want to be the best possible aunt to her before I ever have kids. It gets me excited to one day have that mother-daughter connection that they have and to have a family like theirs. I've never seen anything so beautiful as I did seeing my sister breastfeed her. My sister is giving this baby life and it's still so amazing to me. To watch JD be a great father and provide for their family and to see my mom be a first time grandma was so special.
Meeting Nola has made me want to be the best example I possibly can for her. Show her the meaning of hard work and take her as many places in this world that I possibly can. My sister and I have always talked about living by each other and raising our kids together one day. This only made me want that so much more. To be around for any and every moment in Nola's life. We don't have the biggest or closest family but we have our family and that's all I need.
I hope one day you read this and know how much I love you, Nola Jean
hey friends! my name is olivia aka Liv, a travel and wellness blogger originally from chicago but now reside in brooklyn! I enjoy traveling, cooking and hanging with my two cats. here I invite you to explore my interests Via Liv. Read more here.