I could have written this post nine days ago—I’ve certainly written it enough times in my head. Nine days ago, I could have told you, “My nephew was born today!” But then I would have had to follow it up with, “…but, he was a little early and a little small and he’s in the NICU right now.” And when you’re giving good news, it’s not as fun to follow it up with a but. I didn’t want your first reaction to be, “I’m sorry.” I wanted your first reaction to be, “OHMIGOD-THAT’S-SO-AWESOME-YOU-HAVE-A-NEW-NEPHEW-IT’S-A-BABY-BOY-HOLY-SHIT-HE’S-SO-COOL-YOU-MUST-BE-SO-EXCITED!” So, I waited.
Now, you might remember that I don’t like babies very much. But I also believe I mentioned how much I love and adore my three-year-old nephew. Even after spending this entire past week and a half with him, I have nothing but love for him. He’s exhausting, yes, and I have no idea how my brother and sister-in-law do it every single day, but I still love him to death. He’s family. And for me, family trumps everything. Every time.
So, back to the new addition. Aaron Jacob Archer was born at 4 lbs., 14 oz. and looked so small that he almost didn’t seem real. But he is real. He’s this tiny new piece of my family. He’s another nephew I get to spoil rotten. Another nephew I can’t wait to watch grow up and be loud and bang on drums and give my brother Hell.
And today? Today, little Aaron got to come home to his family. He got to meet his big brother for the first time. His mom and dad are both doing really well and I’m so ridiculously happy and proud for them. Good news all around. See? Aren’t you glad I waited? Go ahead. You can say it.
Okay, I’ll say it for you.
– lindsey archer
You totally thought this was going to be about Jaded, didn’t you? Sorry! It’s coming up next.