On February 6th, my life changed forever...I became an auntie!
My nephew, Levi Joseph, was born 2 1/2 weeks early in Southern California, weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces. He was so alert in all his early photos!
And like any good, self-respecting 21st-century aunt, I had to create a video recap of his first few weeks of life:
It was 7 whole (agonizing!) weeks before I got to meet this sweet little one in person. I don't know what I'd do without FaceTime. We had our first chat on Valentine's Day, and I was completely smitten, and every chat since has been the highlight of my day.
I could cry just thinking of the moment when I first saw him face-to-face. His mom and dad (my brother, Seth, and sister-in-law, Ali) were picking me up in the parking lot of a Denny's, of all places, and I kept craning my neck, trying to spot their car.
And when they arrived, I climbed into the back seat, where Levi slept soundly, and I couldn't hold back the tears. "I love him so much already," I managed to choke out. With his hand so tiny I could hardly fathom it, he grasped my finger the whole trip back. It doesn't get any better than that!
We had some fun adventures in his new hometown of Long Beach...
Soaking up some sunshine in the neighborhood
Getting things set up and put away in their new apartment
Modeling one of the new hats Grammy personalized for him
And lots and lots of cuddle time!
I loved seeing Seth and Ali in their new roles as parents, so patient and tender and loving with little Levi. He is beyond blessed to have them as his mom and dad, and I know there are all kinds of fun adventures awaiting the three of them. They live a few minutes' walk from the beach, so I think surfing lessons are definitely in his future.
Levi's cousin is due this July (my sister's expecting a little girl) and my cousin Kirsten is expecting a boy in May, so it is officially the Year of the Baby in our family, and I couldn't be more thrilled!