I met my niece!

Last week I got to meet my niece!  

I was able to meet my beautiful niece Louisa Elaine on the 7th day of her life.  She was safely strapped into her car seat when my family picked me up at the airport and I spent the whole ride to my sister’s house just staring at her.  (And taking videos of her hiccups while she slept.  I am definitely going to be that weird, annoying Aunt.)

 It was a bit tortuous not to be able to hold her right away.  Once we got home I scooped that baby up and basically hogged her for the entire week.  My mom, sister and all of her friends who visited were very generous to let me be greedy with my little niece.  Living 600 miles away means I will always want more time with her!

I flew from Asheville to Philadelphia for a glamorous week of girl time in the city with my mom and sister.  And by glamorous I mean that I did not wear any of the nice clothes I packed and only wore makeup once.  The whole week was spent as you would pretty much expect: cooking, cleaning and wiping butts (well only one butt, but many, many times!) while Amanda adjusted to life as a momma.

I felt lucky to be able to be there for my sister, cook her some freezer meals and clean up some poop explosions.  Those two things obviously go hand in hand…

Test run of the Ergo!

We see each other maybe 3 or 4 times a year, and seeing her as a mom was so cool.

Aside from all the nesting going on, we did venture into the city once!  We had a nice little lunch, saw the Liberty Bell, and strolled around the historic district.  Obviously, this was a quick trip but fun nonetheless. AND I got to WEAR the baby!  Amanda really didn’t want to let anyone wear her for her first city outing, but as I said before, I was being a greedy Aunt.  

Me, Louisa and Amanda

We also were graced by the temporary presence of my Dad!  He had just spent a week with my sis, and had headed back to work where they live.  Marky Mark couldn’t stay away long though.  This man loves babies more that most humans.  Even more than 20-somethings with baby fever.  He LOVES Lousia.  I absolutely love seeing my parents as grandparents.  It makes me get all gushy dreaming of family vacations full of diapered butts running around in the sand.

Amanda, Louisa and Mark

A few more moments from the week:

One week birthday!
Sleeping on her Dad
Not excited about her bath…

But she gets to wear an awesome cat hoodie robe..so it’s all good

I’ll end with a gratuitous photo montage:


  1. Adelyn V
    June 28, 2014 / 2:35 am

    You are the BEST aunt ever. Louisa is so lucky to have you in her life and you truly were such an enormous help and calming presence for all of us. We all love you so much!

  2. Elizabeth Dietz
    June 29, 2014 / 10:08 am

    These are fantastic pics of Louisa! You are so the cutest Aunt ever!! Hopefully this means we get to see you more up this way now that she is here…I know you won't be able to stay away for long! 😉

    • aannaameliaa
      June 30, 2014 / 2:16 am

      Thank you Betsy! 🙂 I will definitely be getting up there whenever I can!

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