Claire Elise

I cannot imagine what it feels like to be a parent. I’ve grown up around babies and children since I myself was a child. I would read to my cousins before I knew how to read. I think I knew how to change a diaper, before I learned how to ride a bike. My first job was being a babysitter. You think you love your family, your friends, your parents, your cousins, the babies you’ve spent time watching grow up – and then you meet your first niece…

In the two weeks since meeting my niece I have felt an overwhelming sense of warmth. I miss her all the time, even though when I see her all she does is give me alien eyes, sleep or wake up and cry to be fed. I cannot for the life of me imagine what my brother and his wife are feeling – the feeling of being a parent to this tiny being. I love her so much. I smile when I think about her smile – even though my brother tells me it’s not a happiness smile – it’s just a reflex.

Here are my favorite pictures of her.

I love being an aunt to a tiny eclaire.
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