Well, it’s official. I am going to be an aunt, again! My nephew, Caleb, who you might have seen as a house ad last week on page 3F, is the cutest little man. And no, that photo was not posed. He knows that every Saturday, he will receive a big envelope in the mail from tia ayana (that’s me) with a newspaper.
Giving him an early start, I am convinced he will follow my footsteps and be part of the newspaper industry.
And now, he is going to be a big brother.
We are blessed to be adding another member to the family.
My biggest regret is not living closer to them, but if I could, I would probably drive to Austin every weekend just to visit with him.
The day Caleb was set to arrive into this world; I was a part-time reporter in South Texas and when news came that Jan, my sister-in-law was going into labor, I dropped everything I was doing and drove to be at the hospital in Austin. Traffic jams in both San Antonio and Austin, were not going to stop me from being at the hospital.
A few hours after I arrived, he came into this world.
And the entire family was thrilled with excitement. After all, he is the first grandson for both families.
The moment we all learned of the news Caleb was coming to our family; I designated myself his official photographer, for life.
Now that the news of the new baby coming, my aunt/photographer duties will extend to the new baby. And I am glad and honored to do it.
That night at the hospital, we all waited patiently in the waiting room and I wondered what he would look like. And even though he is only my nephew, my life as I knew it would change. I started picturing my future: babysitting him, running around with him in the back yard, having a conversation with him or reading him bedtime stories.
I have spent weekends filled with Thomas the Train and Curious George cartoons, books and games. And I for one don’t mind one bit.
I have enjoyed the hugs, the kisses and the laughter he has brought in my life.
He is the little man in my life.
This summer he will be a big brother.
The night Caleb was born and was taking photos of him with my camera from behind the glass window of the nursery, he looked straight at me. Or so I thought he did and he raised his little hand and made a waving motion. I know now, that there was no way he was actually looking at me and introducing himself to me. But to me, that’s the night he waved at me for the first time.
Don’t believe me? I have the photo to prove it.
Through the tears, laughter and shakiness of the camera, I managed to take a photo that is worth more than any expensive gem in this world.
With the new baby coming this summer, my hope is that I can be a big part of his or her life too. I hope that I can be there for the birthdays, the laughter, the tears and the countless hours of Curious George and Thomas the Train.
My hope is that I can be a part of this baby the way I have been with Caleb. I am so happy for our family and can’t wait to meet my new niece or nephew this summer!
Here is Caleb "reading" the Matagorda Advocate, such a proud moment.
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