A MinD in MoTown


Baby Jaidyn!
November 24, 2009, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Aunt MinD

As I drove to Pennsylvania on Nov. 12, my yellow Cavalier simply couldn’t get me to Scranton fast enough to meet my nephew. Keeping the car at a consistent 75 mph, my typically-nine hour drive turned into almost 11 due to two car crashes I encountered. It was almost 11 p.m. when I finally arrived at my childhood home and, for the very first time, saw my brother’s son.

He was in his bouncer, happily asleep, with my brother and his girlfriend’s dog, Abby, standing guard in front. Without even attempting to unload my car of suitcases, I plopped down next to Jaidyn and watched as he soundly slept. Sophie was curious and sniffed around the baby. I feared she’d think him a toy and attempt to play, but my assumptions were wrong and she went about her business of rough-housing with Abby.

It wasn’t until an hour later that I pushed my slight nervousness aside and held my nephew*. I don’t think I went more than a couple hours at a time without holding him ’til I departed early Sunday afternoon. Having him nestled in my arms was a feeling like no other. Complete comfort, yet protection. A warmth (and not just because of a smelly diaper) and love entirely unique. Seeing his tiny hand curl around my finger or watching a slight smile come across his face brought me a joy like nothing I’ve ever felt.

And though it’ll be January (I assume) before I see that little guy again – with a face that will no doubt change a million times over the next couple months – I’m already ready to pack up my car and drive north.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend** that I just had to share with everyone. Clearly I’m a very proud Aunt Mindy.

Holding Jaidyn for the first time! (Cut me some slack on how awful I look. I did just finish an 11-hour drive.)

I liked the little bizarre faces he'd make.

Jaidyn and his Great-Grandma! (That's my grandma, my mom's mom.)

Seriously, I wouldn't put him down. (Gah, no makeup. Look away. Look away!)

He's too cute. For real.

Such a grumpy, confused face. My favorite picture!

Cutest baby ever. That's right. I said it.

* I dropped a baby once, so I tend to hesitate.
** I seriously snapped about 200 of the kids, so I just chose a handful of my favorites.



He’s heeeeeeere!
November 11, 2009, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Aunt MinD

One week ago today, at 5:08 p.m., an adorable little boy was born in Scranton, Pa. that I am more than proud to call my nephew.

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First picture!

At 8 lbs., 3 oz. and 21 inches long, Jaidyn Christopher was welcomed into the world by my brother and his girlfriend. And come tomorrow, after a nine-hour drive to Scranton, I’ll finally get to meet the little guy who made me an aunt!

Expect plenty of pictures once I return (on Sunday, so early next week they’ll be posted) because I couldn’t be more excited to have this baby boy in my life. Yay, I’m an aunt! …Aunt Mindy. It has a nice ring to it, wouldn’t you say?

He’s only one week old and yet I have so many hopes for his life. Sure, there’s the general ones – love, happiness, strength, courage, etc. But I truly hope that 18 years from now when he embarks upon the world on his own there will be doors open to him that many of us can’t even imagine right now. My dream is that he takes advantage of every opportunity before him no matter how big or how small. That he grows up to be an amazing man some day who can do anything he wants despite any obstacles that could stand in his way. I want so much for Jaidyn and he’s barely seven days old…

I also look at my nephew and cross my fingers that these two parents he’s been blessed with are everything he deserves. Too many kids are shortchanged in life these days with one, or sadly both, parents who simply don’t care and aren’t living up to their obligations as parents. While I of course hope my brother’s girlfriend is an amazing mother, I more so want my brother to be the kind of father I genuinely wish he and I had. This little guy deserves that and I sincerely pray that my 22-year-old brother can fulfill every hope I hold for him as a dad. I believe he can. I really do. And as his one and only big sister – and Jaidyn’s aunt and godmother – I’ll make sure to keep my brother on that path toward being an outstanding father.

Less than 24 hours from now, I’ll be on the highway, headed north to meet a baby boy who won’t have any clue who I am, and that doesn’t bother me in the least bit. To have him in my arms for just one moment, one brief second, will seriously make me the happiest girl in the entire world tomorrow. I absolutely cannot wait!



Aunt MinD.
August 18, 2009, 11:51 am
Filed under: Aunt MinD, Ma famille

In ten short weeks – yes, I said ten – I’ll officially be an aunt. I’m fairly certain this makes me “old,” but I’m super excited anyway and simply had to share the news with everyone I possibly could!

My little brother, age 22, and his girlfriend, nearly 21 years old, are having a baby boy! He is due Oct. 27 and, as of now, they plan to name him Jaydan Michael. This little guy below – ultrasound photo from earlier today – will be carrying on our family name, as my brother is currently the last male in line.

Jaydan

I totally stole this from my brother's girlfriend's Fbook album. Sorry!

It’s so unbelievable to me that my brother – a boy who played with legos from dawn to dusk, who would build igloos in the yard after a huge snowfall, who would jump on the bed with me as we sang Red Hot Chili Peppers – is becoming a father.

Sure, he’s only 22 and with that brings a need for quick maturity once that baby is born, but nowadays, 22 isn’t exactly an age where much fear needs to accompany parenthood. Of course I’m scared for him, nervous the responsibility will be too much for my brother whose idea of fun still is racing BMX and showing his car off at auto shows. But what parent reasonably enters that phase of his or her life completely knowing what to do?

The announcement of baby Jaydan surely came as a shock – especially considering my brother decided to wait until his girlfriend was seven months pregnant to share the news with my family* – but as that little boy’s soon-to-be aunt and godmother, I’m beyond thrilled to welcome him into this world and spoil him rotten! And with any luck, the new family of three will move to North Carolina in the next year to join my parents and I.

I certainly did not expect to be an aunt at 24 years old**, but I am, without a doubt, ecstatic about my nephew and he’s not even here yet! Do I wish I could be in Pennsylvania to properly introduce myself to the little guy? Of course I do, but pictures and a few brief visits back home to see Jaydan will have to suffice for the time being. All I know is Oct. 27 cannot arrive soon enough!

* That’s another story and more personal than necessary for my blog. Sorry folks. But if you saw my Twitter around Aug. 8-10, you could see my surprise as well as several other emotions when the information was finally revealed.
** …Even if I nearly always knew my brother would have a child before me.