15th – 21st October 2017
I have always been a person who loves kids. I have always seemed to have lots of kids around me.
I have an older brother who got married when I was 19, after they got married I would keep asking them when they were going to make me an Aunty. When I found out that they were having a baby I was so excited that I could hardly contain myself.
I found out though by accident and I had to keep it a secret for a few months until they told everyone else. I don’t know how I did it but I managed to keep it secret – it was so hard not talking about it.
It was good being in the know when everyone else wasn’t though. I got to see the surprise unfold. They invited everyone round for a surprise birthday party for my brother when really the surprise was on them. Watching people crawling along the floor to hide from my brother when he came home was hilarious!
It was announced that there was going to be an addition to the family. My Dad thought about it for a second and then said “what, you’re getting a dog?” It wasn’t too long before he realised that actually he was going to be a Grandfather!
I always remember the day my niece was born. It was the happiest day of my life up to that point. I loved her from the first moment I saw her. I visited my brother everyday from then on. I just wanted to see her.
That niece has now grown, got married and now made me a Great Aunty too. I always knew I was a great Aunty but now it’s official!
Since that day my brother went on to have 4 more children and my sister had one also. I also have 11 nieces and nephews on Matts side of the family too. I love being an Aunty and I love all my nieces and nephews dearly.
So you can see when it came for us to have our own kids it was just as special even though I didn’t give birth to them. I love my kids – I couldn’t imagine being without them.
I have to say they are not perfect – they do things wrong all the time but deep down they are good kids and they have a good heart and they care for their family and we all share the same family values. What more can you ask for with kids.
Matt is away at the minute and, when Matt goes away, that is the time the kids play up. I think they must think I’m a bit of a pushover or something. They are probably right – I know I can tolerate a lot more than Matt does. They don’t get away with things with Matt much but I very often let things slide.
When Matt is away I have to step it up a bit. I do think though that the kids play on it. It’s like they know exactly what button to push to get me to explode.
I am particularly stressed at the moment- there’s a lot going on, and the kids playing up hasn’t helped. I have however managed to pull it all back in, in the end and I have tried to contain my emotions – it even ended up with us all having lots of laughs and enjoying ourselves.
Even though the kids play me up from time to time, it hasn’t changed the way I feel about them. They are still my Sons and no matter what they do I will still love them no matter what. I probably just need to be in more control of my emotions in future.