Visiting family is usually trying for me. But this trip I’m on is only about hanging out with the nephews for a bit. It is a trip where the only goal is to be an auntie.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel – this is my first time playing auntie since I decided to move on and stop trying so so hard to force having a kid of my own as soon as possible. And, after a hard final exam, here I am with my 4mo old, 2.5 year old and 4.5 year old nephews. I can hold baby all day long if I like. I’ve gone from a single life to being the add on to a 5-person family (plus 2 cats and a nanny) in a heartbeat. The are dishwashers and full stoves and laundry machines and multiple cars and meals made for big families – all things that I don’t have in my little studio.
First impressions? Gratitude that I get to have this time right now. I am also surprised that I am kind of missing my fast-paced job. The contrast between what happens at night in my sister’s life and my own are kind of crazy – I usually settle into writing some paper or this blog after dinner combined with a glass of wine or some exercise, and she has the whole dinner, bathtime, TV thing happening. I’ve really come a long way since I last was here.
Did I mention that East Coast spring is beautiful?!!!
Let’s see how this goes.