Between the unexpected trip to Texas and the planned one to Nashville, I've gotten to spend a lot of time with Niecy this month! She's four months old now (gaining on five, really) and pretty much the best, cutest baby in the world. No bias, of course. :)
Last weekend I was present for her first experience in a jumpy/bouncy chair! She hasn't quite figured out the bouncing part yet, but enjoys playing with her toys in the chair. I'm sure she'll be a little jumping bean within the week.
Niecy has a happy, sociable temperament and likes visiting with everyone. On our trip to Texas, my dad played "race car driver" with her several times and she was enthralled.
She LOVES her Dolly. The joy on her face at every reunion with Dolly is hilarious and heartwarming. I think a backup is already being sought just in case. :)
She and the family cat are currently about the same size. I had to document!
Being an aunt has already opened a new world to me. I'm not much practical help to my very capable sister and brother-in-law, but my confidence with babies has skyrocketed. I've always liked babies, but I used to feel very self-conscious around them. Or, more accurately, their moms. I felt like no one wanted some amateur childless woman interacting with their baby, or chiming in during mom conversations. Well, aunthood has brought that wall down. Now I have a baby in my own family and am learning a thing or two about the whole deal. Even though she's not "mine," I can understand and contribute to discussions a lot more. I have several friends who had babies right around the same time, and it's fun to hear about them hitting different milestones together.
I'm determined not to be a cliche spinster aunt who acts like she's the child's mother. But I am really excited to be part of Niecy's little life. :)