Hello all It’s time for my weekly post again, and this week I’ve decided to write on Topic 13.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Well I don’t have any major plans for this year. Obviously, I am hoping that lots of exciting things will happen to me and around me, but I don’t have anything like a holiday or a wedding to look forward to, as in previous years.
Having said that, there is something very exciting happening in April. My brother and his wife are expecting their third daughter, due, I believe on April 7th. She has a name already, Hattie, and from the scans and ante-natal appointments, we’re expecting her to be quite a big baby. Needless to say, Tanya is hoping for a nice quick birth!
As this is going to be my fifth niece (to go with my two nephews), here are the existing bunch, who Hattie will join in April.
Abbie is my oldest sister’s daughter, and because there is a gap of 14 years between me and Sarah, I was only 7 when Abbie was born. She lived with us for a while, and as such she’s always been like a little sister to me. Except for the fact that she seemed to grow up very quickly, and was like a 35-year-old when she was 8. So maybe she’s more like another big sister to me. Anyway, I love her lots, she’s funny and rude and sarcastic and just brilliant. And despite her only living up the road, I don’t really get to see her as much as I would like. She’s the oldest person I know that I’ve known for their whole life, and as a result, she makes me feel old every time she celebrates a birthday.
Jimmy is Sarah’s oldest son, he’s 15, and he’s a typical teenager! He’s all ‘lol’ and ‘omg’, and he irritates just for the sake of irritating. Obviously, this contributes to how much I love him! One of the things I love about him is that he loves to talk, so you can have a really good conversation with him about a variety of things, and luckily we have a similar taste in films and television (most especially a love for Glee). He is also, I am confident, going to be an amazing hairdresser when he leaves school, so I am looking forward to free haircuts for life.
Robbie is Sarah’s baby, although at 12 I suspect it won’t be long until he starts acting like a regular teenager too. He was the baby of the family for so long, that’s the way we all treat him still, but he’s growing up a lot. He’s a talented footballer and I still hold out hope that he’ll play professionally one day. We both love playing board games, so that’s something we do together a lot. He’s also a bit of a looker, and I know he’s always got some girl or another fancying him!
Lyla is my brother Jamie’s oldest daughter. She is three, and if I thought Abbie grew up fast, she has nothing on Lyla. She’s the most extraordinary little girl, you can’t get anything past her, and she has an unbelievable memory. I’ve taken to teaching her facts, she currently knows the name of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minster, Chancellor of the Exchequer (as well as the fact that he ‘looks after your money’), the President of the USA (‘Barack O’Banana’, and the names of his daughters). She can also sing along with a variety of Oasis songs (owing to her dad being a big fan, hence her name). I’ve never known a child like her.
Florence is Lyla’s younger sister, and they are only separated by a year. Florence has had to learn, being Lyla’s sister, that she has to work hard to make herself heard. She’s a right little bruiser, a tough cookie, but she’s lovely and kind and affectionate. For a two-year-old she has a great sense of humour, and she’s great fun to be around. It will be interesting to see how things change with the arrival of Hattie!
After my brother Matthew’s wedding to Kelly, I told them that if they were going to have a baby, Kelly wasn’t allowed to get pregnant before about April 2009, because I was going to Connecticut for four months in August 2009. Alas, they failed to comply with my slightly unreasonable request, and Molly was born while I was away! Luckily, she was only about six weeks old when I got back. I don’t get to see Molly as much as I would like, as Matthew and Kelly live too far away for very regular visits. But we see her enough for her to be perfectly relaxed with us after the initial shy period of about five minutes. She’s another fantastic baby, she’s bright and mischievous; the best thing about her is the overwhelming confidence she has in herself. If she wants to do something, she does it, and she doesn’t seem to think there’s anything wrong with it. Again, in a baby of just over a year, that’s a remarkable attitude to have!
So there you have it, a bit of an indulgent post about six of my favourite people in the whole world. I think Hattie will fit in perfectly!