If you are wondering who these cute little booties belong to... Wonder no more.
This is Abiella. She is my niece. These are her cute little booties. She is perfect.
If you want to read more about her long journey from Africa to home you can read about that HERE.
I got to spend 3 consecutive, heavenly days with this little one and her Momma. My brother even made a cameo towards the end of my stay.
It was seriously surreal, perfect, and exactly as I would have hoped it to be.
She underwent a surgery the day before I arrived, to get a feeding tube inserted into her little baby tummy. She ended up reacting poorly to the anesthesia, so the stay in the hospital was far more stressful, scary, and a bit longer than anticipated. On top of that, my brother had been on tour, promoting his new record for 2.5 weeks, and the few days I was there were at the tail end of that trip. Needless to say, Mary Susan had been working really hard day and night, and the visit couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I got to help out, snuggle with this little bundle of joy, and visit with my sister who couldn't be a more beautiful and admirable mom. Weird. She is a mom.
Just so you know, I always refer to Mary Susan as my sister. She is technically my sister-in-law (married to my older brother) but we don't really like that phrase in my family. So just know, this is not a strange incestual situation. It is just love, and the way we do things around these parts.
So a few things that you should now about this sweet sassy angel. She loves music. Mostly Beyonce and her daddy, Sean. She loves her pet turtle, Herbert, who lights up and plays music in her crib. She loves her Mom... Like.. a lot. She lights up when she feels her leg muscles working and getting stronger... She does a kind of jogging dance. Her laugh will seriously melt your heart. Melt your heart right out of your chest.
She is ridiculously precious. I couldn't be more excited to be an aunt. I couldn't be more excited to be HER aunt.
This is how you cuddle your perfect niece, while making sure you don't bother her post-surgery tummy.
This is how your perfect niece shows that she is a baller, a mere 24 hours after surgery.
And this is how you prep her for her first Thanksgiving feast, where she is introduced to all of her framily (aka the annual neighborhood Thanksgiving feast).
So... yes. I am in love. And I can't believe the day finally came for me to meet her. It was such a long road. It's amazing how God had a plan, and you could feel it all fall into place. It was so normal to see Sean and Mary Susan holding their daughter. It was so unexpectedly normal. It was so beautiful to welcome a new family member into the clan. She was so needed. She was so welcome. She is such a joy.
I can't WAIT until Christmas, when I get to see her again, watch my Mom hold her, See her meet Burley, and see how much she has grown and learned. She is the best. And she is my niece. My very first niece. She will always be the baby girl who gave me my new title. Crazy aunt moo moo. I am an aunt.
Thanks, Abiella. I am forever grateful. You have brought more joy to us than you will ever know.