I believe it was 2006 when I found out the news that my first Niece was to be born in early 2007. My sister in law, Kim, told us and I jumped so high I nearly hit the fan as it spun in my kitchen. All I could think of was all the fun times I had with my aunts and uncles as a little girl and how I could not wait to share that same experience with my nieces and nephews. The most beautiful little girl was the first to join the bunch; Ava followed by the equally beautiful ,Ella, a few short years later. Amazing to me how the genes work. To me, Ava is a mirror of her father and Ella her mother. Ava is feisty and has tons of spunk. Ella is softer spoken and is more shy. Mothers always wish the worst of their children’s qualities someday get to bite you in the ass and I suppose Ava is giving Stephen a run for his money much like John does to me. All we can do is wish the same on them and hope we live to see it.
Prince Michael Joseph joined the gang in 2014 and is almost a year old now. I am not sure where that year went. MJ, as I call him, has been walking since 9.5 months and is the light of my life. We are BFFs and my boys and Ava and Ella totally adore him. Just this past week on May 22nd, Prince Nicholas James has entered the bunch and my heart is so filled with Joy. You always think that you love these babies so much how can there be room for more. Well, the heart stretches and makes room for more, because this little man has stolen my heart at 4 days old.
Today I decided I wanted to let Suzanne rest, so I would take Nicholas to my house with Michael and I would make my dinner, a dinner for her and Jimmy, and do some laundry. I clearly was not thinking straight, as I had two babies under the age of one in my custody. Michael went in for a nap and I had some snuggle time with Nicholas. I got dinner started and then my boys got off the bus. Michael woke up and I put him in his chair for some lunch and then placed Nicholas next to him for the picture above. MJ looked over the high chair and gave Nicky a look like who the hell are you in my Aunt Tina’s house???? I can tell already they will be BFFs and poor Ava and Ella just can’t get a girl in the bunch! After a busy afternoon of diaper changing, bottle feeding, watermelon in the hair, cereal crushed on the floor, cooking my dinner, cooking Suey’s dinner, more diaper changing, quick baby showering to get said watermelon out of hair, do-your-homework fighting, eat your green beans fighting, you-really-need-a-shower fighting, an “oh crap I think I put bleach in the color load of laundry” panic attack, making lunches, unclogging the toilet, and a trip on a baseball bat just now… I would not change anything in the world. A hectic life is a full life.
These four babies make me the happiest girl in the world… Oh and my three too. Most times.