Being an Aunt: Volume One

In my effort to be a good Aunt, I am going to do a post for each one of my nieces and nephews. We'll start at the very beginning....

(Editor's note: My oldest nephew is actually Dawsen - he became my nephew a couple years ago when his momma married my brother. But since he and I are just starting to get to know each other and I don't have many pictures of him yet, I have opted to save his blog for a little further down the road.)

I remember EXACTLY what I was doing when I found out my oldest brother and his wife were expecting my first niece/nephew. I had come home from Austin to visit - my parents weren't home yet - and I walk in and hear a message on the answering machine from a certain somebody who needed to be bailed out of jail. (You're welcome for not broadcasting your name.) So we were in the midst of that fun experience when Adam called and told me the good news. Pretty good timing, if you ask me. It kind of deflected some of the attention away from the other "incident."

Adam and April are masters of willpower - they decided not to find out the sex of the baby. (They've managed to do this with all 4 of their kids!!!) So it was a surprise. On November 8, 2001 - John Christian was born. Here I am changing his diaper when we was just a wee lad: (Don't pay any attention to my shirt - courtesy of an ex-boyfriend and a biker bar.)

John was the only baby for several years, and he was so cute. His little personality showed that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with once he was older, but look at this face!

The time came when he became a big brother, and he was so good. He would be so gentle holding his sister and was so helpful to his parents. As he has gotten older, he is also what you would call "strong-willed." I've been witness to several of his tantrums - he doesn't give in easily. But that doesn't define him - he is smart, creative, excellent at legoes and has a laugh that can melt a heart. Plus, you gotta love anyone that can pose like this in a rental tux:

So, John, this one is for you. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Nephew #1!


Anonymous said...

So cute!

BTW - my brother's name is John Christian :-)

sarahsmile3 said...

Gotta love the carrot top!

Adam said...

John Christian IS your oldest nephew - Dawsen was born November 10th, John was born November 8th, both in 2001. :)

Love y'all!

"Miss Bee" said...

As I said, I want to be a better Aunt this year. Step one: know all the birthdays.

Jessica said...

Hahaha. That pic of him in the tux cracks me up. He was such a poser that day, hilarious little red head. :)

Man, I miss that kiddo!

Jessica said...

P.S. How did I never know that the jail incident was the same day you guys found out about grandkiddo #1?!

Oh, wait... probably because no one talked to me for like a week... yep, thats probably it.

:) oops.