I am an auntie

Sleep while you can, sweetieThe tiny person pictured here is my newly minted niece Rachel. She’s a mere few hours old so I haven’t had much chance to influence her little life. So far she seems to be mostly sleeping, perhaps to store up energy for all the fun I plan to throw at her.

She’s a bit too small for the plucked chicken Viking hat that has been made especially for her. In fact, she could almost fit not just her head but her whole body into it now. But soon she will wear it proudly, or if not proudly than with great bewilderment, and I look forward to that with pride.

7 replies on “I am an auntie”

  1. Oh, what a little sweetie. Congratulations! Please send my best to your sister and her hubby. (“You remember her — at the bonfire? The woman who looked overwhelmed, freezing and had 2 whiny, freezing children with her?”)

    (Can I get the chicken viking hat? Maybe that’s the key I’ve been missing in my ability to attract the right kind of guy…)

  2. Congratulations! Have you bought her Baby’s First David Foster Wallace Book yet? (Not a real book, to my knowledge. But it could be.)

    Only the luckiest nieces and nephews wear raw viking chicken hats, and very distinguished they look in them, too.

  3. Susan: Apparently there’s a pattern for making an adult-sized raw chicken Viking hat. However, I think the chocolate-smelling body lotion is a much easier-to-use and more potent man-catching item.

    Christina: Ooh, someone should write Baby’s First DFW Book! Perhaps that person is me. Will post more on baby books shortly … I’m really thinking hard about a DFW parody baby picture book though. Think of the footnotes! And also, so true about the luckiest and most distinguied looking babies in raw chicken Viking hats. My niece should arrive home tomorrow or so, and I will post a picture of her modeling it as soon as possible.

  4. Congrats!

    Somehow, I just can’t quite see “A Child’s First DFW Book,” though I dislike his writing enough that I don’t think adults should be reading them either!

  5. Laurie, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on that. Have you read A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again? As much as I like the others, that’s my favorite.

  6. AWWW!! The baby is beautiful…is she in Pittsburgh? She’s lucky to have you for an aunt…are you willing to take on a 36 year old mother of two?

  7. Kathie, they live here in Butler — right next door to my parents. And as she’s my parents’ first grandchild, we predict that she’s going to be the most spoiled child in the country.

    I could be your honorary auntie … but that would mean I’d be your kids’ honorary great-auntie. That’s a big jump isn’t it, going from nothing status to great-auntie in a matter of days.

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