My sister is supposed to go in today to get induced and birth my fourth niece/nephew. I love my nieces and nephews and think that this relationship is pretty much the awesomest in the world.
When my first nephew was born, I was extremely surprised. My brother and his now wife were then unmarried and me being a seventh grader straight out of jesus camp, I was naive and shocked my brother would be having sex. Needless to say, I was rather dense.
Anyway, I'm so happy I have that nephew. Charlie is my very best friend ever. I get to play with him and spend time with him without really being responsible for him or having to take him when he is naughty. He's also extremely cute. When he first started talking, he was hilarious. I remember him giving his dinosaur a time-out once for hitting. ("Get in the corner, T-rex! And don't come out 'till you say sorry!")
My sister's son and my brother's second child were born at the same time, three years later. I'm close to Rowan because he now lives so near me. I get him if my sister and her husband kick the bucket. My brother's girl, Lucy, was very, very slow to warm up to me. Apparently she's funny now so I can't wait to see her.
The point of this entry is to express my love for having these kids around me. Another purpose it serves is to allow me the pleasure of being around kids as they grow without having to have my own. My mother scoffs when I say I don't really want kids. I don't even know; maybe I do. I used to . But its not all I'm made for so it's going to be a LONG time before I give birth. Sorry, mother, but the times they are a'changin.