i have a crapload of ex-neices and ex-nephews, which i still think of as being 'mine', even tho the relationship is over... they are:
max - almost 10 years old!?!?!! omg - i remember when he was BORN!
mo - ~8 years. same as above!
lily- i believe she'll be 6 in the fall.
sam - also almost 8. he was born the year i moved to toronto. his mom was desperately trying to bring on labour on my moving day, by walking from yorkdale mall, to st-clair and christie!!
emme - 5? 6?
damnit - i remember all their birthDAYs, but not the year!
plus there's christian - who must be somewhere in the area of 15-16 now. yeesh.
then there's my "current" neice and nephew (my sister's kids), who call me 'rara', cuz 'sarah' is too difficult for the 2 year old :
emily: turning four in the fall
joshua: just turned 2.
then i've got a whole crapload of friends with kids, all of whom are awesome.
soooooooooooo many kids in my life.
i can't WAIT for emily to be old enough to do 'sleepovers' at my place! we're going to play silly games and stay up late (10 pm!!), and put make up on each other... wheeeeeee! (i'm her godmother too)
Being an aunt is awesome. When my sister had Meagan (14) I got my ultimate revenge. I get her for a weekend then send her back with a whole new vocabulary / wardrobe that my sister would have me hanged for.
Justification for all the years of torment she put me thru. totally fair.
being an aunt is one of my favourite favourite things about being me. i have two nieces - age 7 and 9 - and they are like little shining stars. they are my prime motivation for FINALLY trying to get my license. i despise not getting to see them on a regular basis.
i would agree that the best part of being an aunt is that you get to have all the fun stuff and then give them back when they are tired and cranky!
in all honesty i love my nephews (nicholas 7 and matthew 5) and my little niece (emily who will be one in august). i absolutely love hanging out with them.
The name thing is always a tricky issue. My cousin is pregnant for the first time (the first baby in my family and she is so close to me its like I will be an Aunt!! I am super excited!!) and we were all discussing names the other day. Her and I both liked Orlando for a boy... I realize this is a strange name but we liked it. And now they have agreed on Logan. I love this name. So we did go through a bit of a crazy name phase but we eventually saw the light. Maybe it will be the same for your sister?
Well when we were all talking about it, I mentioned what I would name a girl if I had one and then my sister (who is older) said she liked it too and she start hinting towards her having a baby first!! I can't imagine having 2 Lorelai's in the family... And yes this is only because my favorite show is Gilmore Girls!!!
my beautiful little 3 and a half year old neice has a severely broken leg.
[slide accident - her father landed *on* her... i can't even imagine how he must feel. ]
she's in a cast from just above her knee, down to her ankle, and she can't put any weight on it - so no walking/running or playing with her 2 yr old brother, or swimming! *and* she's on codeine, cuz the pain is so severe (one bone broken, and another one is *bent*!).
she's going to see the orthopedic surgeon on thursday, so i'm gonna hang out with my nephew while they're at the hospital.