There's no denying the all-consuming love a mom has for her child, but what I didn't know was how much an aunt can love her niece. If my heart feels this full, I know Lindsay's and Brandon's must be exploding. I wish we lived closer. I want to be a fly on the wall when the new family of three goes home together. I hope I get pictures and videos when she smiles, babbles, rolls over, discovers her hands, and everything in between. So leave it to the newest, littlest relative to remind us of the importance of family.
I hadn't planned on traveling the three and half hours to Allie Grace (named at almost 24 hours old!) upon her arrival, but when I woke to her squished face picture over text message on Tuesday morning my mind was made up. I rolled over and
And do not forget the real rock star in this whole scenario: MAMA. Anyone that gains next to zero pounds during pregnancy, pops out a baby in less than an hour (without pain medication), and still looks cute for family photos earns instant super hero status in my eyes.
In the time since my boys were so small I'd forgotten how sweet it is to snuggle a newborn and feel her breath on my skin.
And amongst the madness of life with toddlers it's easy to forget how blessed I am. Then I meet our family's newest addition and am quickly reminded that life is SO good. And sweet. And precious.