I am an aunt again

by purelytwins

I am a proud aunt. I am a proud twin sister.

Seeing my twin sister’s body change during pregnancy and then being there for the birth of her first child are moments I will never forget.

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My letter to Madison:

I am your aunt, your mom’s twin sister. You may not understand what a twin is, just know your mom and me are close. REAL close. We have a bond, a friendship that is hard to explain. I will do anything for her and I will do anything for you.

I was there when you were born. Your mom was so strong when she delivered you. You would be proud of her.

The moment I saw you my eyes filled up with tears. I was in awe of your beauty and strength.

I want you to know that you heal me. I am suffering from a skin condition that has brought me a lot of heartache and frustration. But looking at you — you give me HOPE and happiness. You remind me there is good in the world. There is peace in the world. 

You have already taught me so much…how to live in the present moment, to not work so much, to sing and dance more, to rest when I need it and that all I need to be happy is eat, sleep and poop. Amen to that 😉 And lots of hugs and cuddles too.

You are already so wise.

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You are almost 2 weeks old and these past few days have been the best of my life. Each day is filled with love, happiness, laughter and some frustrating times. Which is part of life. I will do my best to shield you from harm, but I know you are strong and can handle anything.

We have started to make some great memories.

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I have held you when you cried. I have changed many dirty diapers. I have read books to you. I have sung to you…which I think you like. I have danced with you. I have stayed up late rocking and swaying you to sleep.

Moments that I wouldn’t change for anything. I know you will not remember these moments but I will, and one day tell you about them.

I cannot wait to play with you and your cousin Joy. I look forward to spoiling you both! We are going to have so much fun.

Love you,

your auntie Michelle

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I am not good with words, but being present when Madison was born is an experience I truly will never forget.

Seeing my twin sister give birth to her little girl was emotional yet amazing . I was SOOOOOO proud of Lori.

My twin sister is a MOM!!!! OMG!! This is crazy. She is not just Lori anymore, but now a mom. A parent. Weird to think about.

I am an aunt again! I remember holding my niece Joy for the first time and felt so much love for someone so small. Now here I am doing it again, but this time it’s a little different. Madison is my twin sister’s little girl and I was present when she entered the world.

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I love  and adore both my nieces and cannot wait to keep spoiling them both.  I was able to be around a little to see my niece Joy grow up. Memories I will cherish forever. And now with Madison I am here at the beginning. I look forward to making more memories with her.

Being an aunt is the best job!

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Are you aunt? Do you live near your cousins?  Do you live near your family?

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27 comments

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 9, 2014 - 11:10 am

Beautiful! XOXO

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:06 pm

thank you Rebecca!

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Ana October 9, 2014 - 11:25 am

How beautiful words, I do not have a twin, although I love so much my niece. It it true that they can show us the goodness and peace of the world. Congratulations to all!

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:06 pm

thank you Ana and you are so right!

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Cristina Parus October 9, 2014 - 11:26 am

Yes, I am an auntie! My niece is 3 months and 13 days old and she’s already growing so much day by day! I am also hoping to be blessed with an amazing soul pretty soon!

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:07 pm

it’s crazy Cristina how fast they grow up!

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Jessica October 9, 2014 - 12:08 pm

This is so incredibly sweet! I have never been present for someone else’s birth, but I bet it’s just magical. You’re going to be an awesome auntie, Michelle!

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:07 pm

there truly are no words to describe it, truly a miracle to see it happen 🙂 hugs

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Marie October 9, 2014 - 1:06 pm

OMG Michelle, you are truly amazing. This brought tears to my eyes. Madison is lucky to have you as an auntie. Thank you for sharing your letter (great idea, so beautiful!!). I especially love the part where you tell how much strength and hope Madison gives you. You’re doing all these great things to take care of her – she does exactly the same too you. Gheeez I’m getting so emotional here. haha. Really, all I wanted to say: I love this and congratulations with you little new niece! I don’t see my cousins that much, but I adore the time when I do – toddlers and kids kind be so funny and wise 🙂 xoxoxo

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I am lucky to have as a niece 🙂 I am glad we have each other!! thank you so much sweetie love ya

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Erica October 9, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Pure melt!

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Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits October 9, 2014 - 2:40 pm

This post is too sweet! Madison is adorable. Congrats to the whole family!

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:11 pm

thank you Lisa we feel very blessed over here and cherishing it all

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Kim October 9, 2014 - 3:43 pm

What a super sweet post!!!
Congratulations!!
Yes, I’m an aunt and it is great. I also have a twin (brother) and so I get that connection, too.
Enjoy every second of your sweet niece!!!

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:11 pm

aunts are the best 🙂

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Leah October 9, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Aww! Love this! I’m not a twin but my sister watched my daughter come into this world. Such an amazing experience. They have a special bond. She made a beautiful scrapbook for her first birthday about her birth and first year. It was beautiful and the tears flow when I read her impressions of that special birth day. Family is so important. Enjoy every moment with that precious baby.

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purelytwins October 9, 2014 - 8:12 pm

oh scrapbook, great idea love it! xoxo

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Sylwia October 9, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Beautiful words! Thank you for sharing your feelings, truly amazing!

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purelytwins October 10, 2014 - 10:06 am

Thank you.

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MJ October 10, 2014 - 11:12 am

I’m an aunt 6 times over and each one is so different. My sister has two teenage boys and I have never lived in the same city as them but they were my first nieces or nephews to have so I feel I have a special bond with them because of that. Now that they are teenagers it’s so funny to see them taller than me (at almost 16 and 14) and they have been taller than me for the past 2 or 3 years is crazy. I look at them and think I remember changing your diapers when you were babies and visited me! I don’t say that to them I’m pretty sure it would embarrass them.

My brother has miracle twin 5 year old daughters who are not identical- the story of their mom’s pregnancy and everything is something that not many mother’s go through but for a while we didn’t think they would live through being born let alone make it to age 5 and being in kindergarten; and I had the pleasure of being at home with 1 of them while her twin still needed to be in the hospital and her parents had to stay out of town at the hospital with her so I went with my brother’s mother-in-law and his step-daughter and helped look after her for the first week or so and that time with her was and still is so special!

Then he has a 9 year old step-son who has been in our lives for about the past 2 years and it’s so fun to see my brother with him. And my brother has a 19 year old step-daughter from his first marriage to his late-wife. She has a special bond with him and it’s great to see her in the role of big sister (she’s the maternal sister to the twins). Thankully my brother lives in the same city as me and for the past year or so he’s lived within walking distance of where I live. I suffer with chronic pain and chronic health conditions so getting to see and spend time with my nieces and nephews isn’t as easy as it would of been when my teenage nephews were little, but I treasure every moment and thankfully they post tons of pictures on facebook for us all to see.

My advice to Michelle treasure each moment, live in the moment, and remember no matter what health issues you have- there are so many things in this life that is so much worse than what you’re going through then look at your beautiful nieces and they are the reminders of all that is good and right with the world, take lots of pictures and something I tried to do for my nephews but then my health got in the way. I so wanted to make a time capsule for them and write them a letter once a month for their first year then one letter every year on their birthday till they turned 16 or 18 to put in the time capsule along with the newspaper from the day they were born and a magazine from the year they were born- one of those that go over all the highlights of the year- what movies were big, what singers/bands were big, what celebrities died etc.., what technology was big so that they could see the big difference from when they were born. So if you have the chance to do that I think it would make a really special gift and with Lori’s help maybe place a small toy or something that Madison doesn’t use anymore from each year in the capsule too along with pictures or videos of her.. so she can really see how funny she was.

Enjoy this special time!

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purelytwins October 10, 2014 - 1:03 pm

thank you!! I will treasure it all so much!! xo

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kristin October 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

I got chills all over reading this!!! <33333

I cant wait till my sister has a baby…hopefully before me now!! I want to be an aunt first now! 🙂

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purelytwins October 10, 2014 - 1:04 pm

🙂 hugs

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Kat October 12, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Yes this was a beautiful letter and made me tear up. Love to the sweet family of baby Madison!! <3<3<3

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Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut October 19, 2014 - 6:29 pm

This seriously brought tears to my eyes! I’m a relatively new aunt and it really is the best! Right now I’m living in a different state than my sister and nephew, but when I get to hang out with them it’s all the fun of having a kid without the responsibility haha.

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purelytwins October 20, 2014 - 11:10 am

🙂 being an aunt is the best!

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healthguide October 25, 2014 - 11:12 am

Congratulations. Celebrations. A kid in a family changes the whole environment with positive energy.

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