Five years ago I became an auntie for the first time, to my niece Ruby. There is something really special about being an auntie, I love it. She made an early arrival into this world and has kept us on our toes since. A real character, I adore her.
I remember when I was pregnant with Alice and my bump started to show, Ruby would constantly ask me about the baby in my tummy and when would she get to meet the baby. As my bump got bigger, she was always intrigued by it, but also very caring.
The day she met Alice, I think she was expecting someone to play with her. Instead she still had to make do with playing with Auntie Laura, but she did like it that I now had toys in my house.
It was the start of a beautiful cousin relationship…
As time went on and Alice started to be more fun to play with and more mobile. Their relationship just grew and grew. When Alice was thirteen months old, I went back to work part time and my parents offered to have Alice on the same days they had Ruby.
Not only was this fantastic for me, it was brilliant for Ruby and Alice. They could play with each other every week like they had done since the day Alice arrived. I loved coming home from work and hearing their tales of the day. I will never forget the day that Ruby ran to the door to tell me Alice had said her name for the first time, she was so happy.
When our little Holly arrived, Ruby adored her from the start, she is like another big sister to her. She always wanted a cuddle and loved to make her smile and laugh. As Holly has got older, she has just slotted in perfectly.
Until ten months ago my brother and sister in law lived about thirty five minutes away from us, not far, but far enough that to see them meant arranging things in advance. When they told us they were moving closer to us and my parents, I was thrilled.
I can now ring them up and say we are off out for dinner, fancy coming? If it was possible it has bought the girls closer together, they love to see each other and Alice talks about Ruby all the time.
The first photo we got of the three of them all looking at the camera and wanting to be there!
Yes, they squabble like siblings, but in a strange way, I love that because it shows the close relationship they have with each other.
We meet up for a coffee and a chat. They are like a couple of old woman sitting with their milk and biscuits, chatting and laughing.
We go off to the park and they have so much fun together. Ruby looking out for Alice on the big slide, but they never forget about Holly and make sure they play on things that she can join in to. As Ruby has got older, she understands that Holly can’t do things and she will give her a helping hand.
I love that the girls seeing their cousin has become an ordinary moment in our lives, one that brings so much love, laughter and fun…
Joining Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments