Welcome to the world, sweet hunny girl! I’ve been scribbling in my notebook for a few days trying to string together the right collection of words to write for you to read one day but if I keep at it, I’ll never actually put them together here, where I want them to live so here we go!
On Thursday, October 14th at 11:21 in the morning, I became a girl auntie for the second time to YOU, sweet little Petty. Your dad called me bright and sunshiny early! Actually it was pre-sunshine, it’s fall now and it’s dark a lot longer. You were due a few days prior, unlike your cousin Emma who was a couple weeks early so I’d been waiting in wild anticipation for the call. I don’t even think I said “hi” to your dad when I answered the phone! But as soon as I could, I made my way to the hospital. I think I was there just before 5:30 in the morning, hours before we got to meet you!
And guess what? Your grandpa was in town too! You’ll find this out soon enough but he drives one of those big trucks that hauls really cool things all over the country and he just so happened to be in town on the day you decided to make your grand entrance into the world. How special is that? Sounds like a God thing to me. I’ll tell you all about Him too, God, and your grandpa, of course.
Before you were born, we took guesses at how much you’d weigh and wrote them on the board in your delivery room. Your mom and dad thought you were going to be a lil’ chunk coming in at 10 and 9 pounds, respectively. But Grandpa Kevin nailed it. He guessed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and girl, that’s exactly what you were!
It’s so hard to tell who you’re going to look like but we all think you might have your mom’s little dimpled chin and your dad’s button nose. You haven’t much opened your eyes much yet, just a little peek but I’d be willing to bet you’ll have his eyes too! And obviously, the lightness in your hair will eventually gain a reddish tint like your favorite auntie, I’m sure of it!
It was such an exciting moment in my life to be a part of your birth day. Watching your dad, one of my baby brothers, grow up and become a father himself.. it’s really been one of life’s greatest gifts to date. I felt very similar when your uncle Logan became a dad to Emma. I know how big and special their hearts are; how loving, kind, and compassionate they are and to see them both become fathers is something I can’t explain. Your dad already loves you so fiercely and I’m filled with an immeasurable amount of gratitude knowing that love as his sister and witnessing it first hand with you and with your mom. It’s far more rare than many of us realize.
Both of your parents are going to give you the world, it’s really going to be something incredible to watch. Your mom is already starting you young on the socks-before-anything-else trend, she’s weird like that. I have my bets that you’ll rebel and be a barefoot babe everywhere you go! But she’s going to teach you so many fun things and you’ll probably love kitty cats just as much as she does.
I think your mom and dad are going to be the cool parents that bring you to your first concert when you’re like 2 years old. I can see it now, you’re sitting on dads shoulders rocking out to something at the Aquarium, belting out every single word! I’m excited for you to see your dad’s record collection, too. I imagine he’ll look at you in awe and full of #girldad pride when you start digging through old vinyl’s at thrift stores the same way my heart glows every time I see a puppy dog.
I’m already daydreaming about all of the fun things I hope to show and teach you, Petty. I can’t wait to explore this really big and fascinating and sometimes a little bit scary world with you. I’m so excited to bring you and Emma on adventures and watch you learn from each other, to watch you grow, and to see who you both become.
Emma is your very first cousin on your dad’s side and your only girl cousin so far! She’s 5 and she’s excited about being 5. She was a little anxious about meeting you, I think she’s a bit worried that all the cuteness and attention is going to be hyper-focused on you, which, for a full-of-feelings little Pisces girl, she’s not completely wrong. Babies are a lot of work and do get a lot of attention but I’m going to do my very best to show both of you all the love so that neither ever feel left out.
I can’t forget to mention you met one of my very favorite people in this whole wide world, my mom. Your grandma. Grandma Julie is going to be your favorite person too, ask Emma. She’s going to teach you to be brave and help you tap into the creative little artist I know you’ll be. And she’ll forever remind you that you can do anything you want to do because you’re Petty Jane and for no reason other than that. As she so frequently reminds both Emma and myself, “can’t” isn’t an option. We can try and keep trying but there is nothing we can’t do.
Petty, I hope to protect you from all the tough stuff that happens in this world and I hope to be your person no matter the time of day or age you are. I pray every day that you and Emma will become best friends in a sister-type of way that I never knew growing up. I know life isn’t always going to be full of fluffy little Canadian kitty cats and Saturday morning singing in the kitchen but your were born into a family with so much unconditional love to give and while we can’t protect you from everything, we’ll always be there with a toolbox full of solutions to get you through every single moment of this life.
My dreams and wishes for you reach far beyond the clouds in the sky; they are bigger than those I have even for myself. But I’ll never pressure you with them, only help to inspire and encourage you anytime you dare to dream and aim to achieve. You’re so new to this world, pretty little Petty, and it has given me a moment to pause and reflect on all the moments of life I’ve lived since Em was born.
Without knowing it, she gave me a reason a long time ago to do better, because little eyes are always watching and little ears are always listening. I’ll tell you both about it someday. And while I haven’t quite figured it out yet, I know you’ve given me a sense of purpose too. You’re getting to meet a different Auntie Ori than Emma did a little over 5 years ago. One that is still learning to jump but isn’t afraid to fly.
I love you so much already, little hunny girl. Thank you for making me an auntie again!
James 1:17 | Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.