An Open Letter To My Niece

Dear Avalee,

You’re two now. You’re walking more, talking more, playing more – you’re a proper human. The last two years have been the best two years of my life and you are the reason. We are in a very unique situation, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I want to start all the way at the beginning. Your mom and dad were so in love that God decided to surprise them with the best gift anyone could ever ask for.  I still remember when your mom told me – we were in the car on the way to coffee and she just sort of blurted it out (after I nagged for like 10 minutes). I was overjoyed. I couldn’t wait to be the best aunt in the world. I went along to your very first ultrasound – it was your Mom, Dad and the crazy aunt (me). I got to see you growing, hear you heartbeat and that’s when I knew you were going to be the biggest blessing and bring so much love to all the lives you touch.

You were born on this day two years ago, the 20th of February at 8am on the dot weighing just 3.34kgs and measuring 48cm in length. That morning I woke up to a phone call from your Grandma telling me to HURRY to the hospital because you were coming. I don’t think I have ever gotten ready so fast. Just after 8:30 your mom was wheeled in with you in her arms and your Dad right by her side. Their hearts were so full. I looked at them and I knew that this was what they were meant to do.

I couldn’t believe you were finally here. You were the tiniest thing I had ever held, but as I looked at you I knew you were so worth the wait. They say that sometimes you meet a person who changes your whole world, someone who makes the darkest days light and the rainy days sunny. Someone who can always make you smile, someone who makes you realise what matters most in life. For most people its a friend or significant other. However my baby, for me, it is you. You grew up fast and the first year flew by. Within the blink of an eye you were crawling, walking, running, talking. You were turning into the most beautiful little girl with blonde curls and big blue eyes, a strong personality and a soft heart.

The first year of your life was great, but the second has been my favourite. You won’t remember much of these two years, but just know the impact you have had on my life has been amazing and I honestly don’t know where I would be without you. You are not mine, not by any means, but we have a bond that can never be broken. Your Mom and Dad decided to stay living at home because your Mom wanted to study. She’s always been fiercely intelligent and university was a dream that she is now so close to achieving. YOU gave her that extra motivation to be great.

You have such a long, beautiful life ahead of you and so much to look forward to. Never stop being yourself. I hope you spend your days laughing, loving life and fighting for what you believe in. You have so much good in your heart – never stop sharing it with the world. Embrace each day and change the world. Never forget who you are. I hope you never lose faith in who you are meant to be. Life isn’t always easy – boys will break our heart, you’ll fight with your parent, you may fail a class or two, but ALWAYS remember that when life gets tough I am here for you. Hard times teach you to be confident, strong and fierce. I have been through some hard times that I am sure I will tell you about one day, but they with the help of our beautiful family, those though times made me stronger than I ever thought I could be. I hope that you are able to do the same. You are NEVER alone.

I hope you know how much I love you right at this moment and how much I will always love you. I am here to wipe away those tears, hold your hand and help you see what beautiful little girl you are on the days you may forget. I am the luckiest Aunty in the world. Thank you for giving my life purpose.

Love always,

Your Gigi

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