sisterly love

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yesterday I became an aunt for the 6th time, but also the 1st time. Jared's side has 5 nieces and nephews, and mine had zilch until yesterday! My sister and her husband welcomed their baby boy shortly after midnight, although she might rightfully say there was nothing short about her labor. It was interesting for me to go through this experience, oddly enough. I've never been on the anticipating/waiting game side of a baby being born, hovering over your phone waiting for updates. I've always been live on the action because, well, the action has been me. So this was a whole different ball game. I wasn't anticipating the emotions that I would personally go through. That kinda sounds like I'm trying to turn her birth story into a story about me, which I'm not, I'm just surprised at how much I was impacted by her circumstance.

24 years ago my sister became my companion for life. I grew up so happy, and most of it was because she was in it with me. Our imaginations ran wild with pretend play - shipwrecks, house, barbies & American Girl dolls, and our favorite - news anchors. We shared a room up until I was 14, and in the dusk hours when we were sleeping in our side by side twin beds, we would start a roaring rucus with our ridiculous singing and talent shows. The audience would be just the two of us, but we thought we were both such comedians and equally matched for a giggling contest. I honestly can not remember a single fight we had. I was definitely jealous of her at certain times, like getting rollerblades before me or getting special treatment when she was sick, but never an angry outburst of words or pulling of hair or whatever nasty fights some sisters can get it. We were gems :)

So yesterday I was all sorts of emotions thinking about how far we have come. I am so proud of her and am happy that we have both now been inaugurated into motherhood! It will be so fun to have cousins on my side of the family now! As the oldest, it is quite a treat and pleasure to watch your siblings grow. Congratulations, Stephensons!! We can't wait to meet our new cousin!


  1. Aww, this melted my heart a little! My only sibling is 11 years younger than me (she's only 16!) and while we couldn't be closer and she's my best friend (and was my 12 year old maid of honor at my wedding!), it's always felt more mother/daughter than a relationship like you've described here. I've always thought having a close in age sibling would be such a gift!

    Congratulations to your sister!

  2. so sweet! i'm 10 and 8 years older than my siblings which is just weird. my kids will be 15 months apart which is totally terrifying but also super exciting! congrats on your new little family member!!

  3. Congratulations, Aunt Kendra! I wish I could say that my sister and I never fought growing up, but well, I can't. :-) It doesn't matter, because we're close now, and I'm definitely looking forward to the day when I can call myself an Aunt, too. In the mean time, I'll let her soak up all of the cool aunt vibes. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your little nephew!

  4. So exciting! the babe looks beautiful and I am so happy for you both! Having is a sister is such a blessing, Me & Mary feel the same way.

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  6. This is so sweet. I can't wait til the day my sister and her husband have children. Congrats to your sister and to you, Auntie Kendra!