How-To: Prep for Your Sibling’s Offspring
Brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first child, a girl, and she could arrive ANY. DAY. NOW.
I won’t even attempt to understand the range of emotions they’re experiencing.
Instead, I’ve got an incredibly helpful how-to guide for us aunts- and uncles-to-be — you’re welcome in advance.
Step 1: Get a Kick-Ass Shower Gift
Thanks to Pinterest, this one is pretty easy to execute. Good thing, since it’s one of your first tests as an Aunt or Uncle. No pressure.
I used a combination of my friends’ creativity and my knack for rhyming one-syllable words to give Brother and SIL a clothesline of onesies, bibs and pacifiers.
They passed it around the room for everyone to see. Each clothespin had a verse that coordinated with its attached item, and the clothespins together formed this poem:
She’ll steal your heart,
she’ll make a splash,
add sunshine to your days
& take Daddy’s cash!
You’ll both be suckers
for this precious child,
& she’ll always love you …
even when she’s wild!
When life gets messy,
you know who to call.
I’m just a plane ride away —
parenthood will be a ball!
Oh, and don’t forget to remind your sibling how great you are with some aunt- or uncle-specific onesies. My favorite? That little number from Francesca’s.
Step 2: Learn How to Babysit
I discovered these Six Guaranteed Low-Effort Toddler Games just a few weeks before I found out about my SIL’s pregnancy. While I still have a couple years to practice, I feel a little bit better knowing I can entertain my niece with a piece of toast. No, really.
Step 3: Study Up!
My blogger friend from the kuhniverse is a founder of this awesome magazine for nannies. It has tons of tips and tricks for caretakers (read: Aunt or Uncle YOU), and it validates that there is not one right way to raise a kid.
I can’t wait for their first hardcopy issue to come out in January. Till then, Like them on Facebook for entertaining updates.
Step 4: Pray. A Lot.
To be completely honest, I am terrified for my niece to come into this world. I really, really, really don’t want to screw her up.
What if I bump her fragile elbows into furniture? What if she hates visiting me in New York? What if — God forbid — she CRIES during my watch?
I’m leaving a lot of it up to faith on the good ol’ trial and error method. And, I’m eternally grateful that I can give her back after any traumatic time with me.
So, there you have it. Just a few simple steps to ensure you get Aunt/Uncle of the Year and totally keep your family from questioning how you’ve made it this far in life without a helmet.
Please, hold your applause.
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Don’t worry, it’s usually the parents that bump their elbows and get the first scare. My kids have survived many scrapes and bumps and they somehow came out of it. You’ll do great as an aunt!
That’s reassuring, Ben. I think I’ll give her a nice helmet for Christmas, just in case.
Careful for that soft spot on the head though. So she’s born now right? Is she the cutest little thing?
Oh, the soft spot! She’s far too fragile for me to mess with … but yes, the cutest baby ever, in the history of babies. It’s not even exaggeration or nepotism, she is fit to be a supermodel baby 🙂
Just don’t let her walk the runway yet….at least until she can walk.
You will be the best Auntie ever and Alli is going to love traveling to NYC. She’s going to melt our hearts once she gets here. And in your spare time you should write a children’s book just for her.
Spare time? Suuuure. But you’re right about her basically making our hearts explode with excitement 🙂