My little brother became a father today.
I had to stop and look at that sentence several times. Then I had to look at it through tear-filled eyes. My little brother is a Daddy.
The baby’s name is Andrew (not Andy, not Drew) Mitchell Jacobson and he is a big boy at 8 pounds, 13 ounces. And just like the cosmic alignment of our Brady Bunch family, Baby Andrew was born with lots of thick dark hair just like his older cousin. We do that in this family. Bald babies, what? Not sure they’ve ever been born to a Klein/Jacobson/Bowman.
I’ve been really anxious for the past few days. Andrew was big, breech, and not budging so the c-section was scheduled a week ago. A week of waiting! Finally today came and the surgery wasn’t until 1:00 pm and I started looking at my phone at 1:15 even knowing I wouldn’t hear anything for an hour or two. I had to distract myself by doing stupid errands with Scarlet and giving Cassidy some space because he has the flu. After I heard the good news, I exploded into a consistent smile that lasted for oh…six hours. I kept saying to my sisters, “Is this what I put you through when I was in labor? The waiting, the anxiety?” And I guess I did. It’s different with a c-section, though. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse. For me, no one knew when I’d go into labor and when I did, no one knew how long it would be. We’ve all heard the 48 hour horror stories but you occasionally hear the “I barely made it to the hospital” stories too. From the time we told our families I was in labor until Scarlet made her appearance, about eight or nine hours passed. It was like a workday. A 9 to 5. But my siblings were at work that whole day, not in on the action knowing what was happening. Now I know how they felt!
I’ll be seeing the new family on Saturday and I’ll be bringing my best lens and I’ll be channeling the best natural light. And when it’s perfect, I’ll share that album with you.
It was agony; the waiting. And now he’s here. I’m an Aunt.
I want to do a good job. This job as an Aunt. It’s kinda better than…any other job I’ve ever had other than being a Mama. It’s so big. I hope I get it right.