Great news that is really not my news to share but I just can’t help it. I am so excited to welcome the newest member of our family. Joseph Ernest Amelio, Chrissy and Ricky’s newest baby, was born last night and he is the most beautiful baby (and yes, I do say that for every baby born in this family…I don’t care…it’s true). Mom and baby (weighing in at 6 lbs, 12oz) are doing well.
My sister, Chrissy is a great mom and this baby is so lucky he gets to be her son. She’s already proved how wonderful she is with her son Vinnie. She is a natural and surprises me all the time that my baby sister is as good as she is. We tease her about being neurotic or a worry wart but she loves her kids so fiercely that she actually resembles a mother bear with her cubs.
I got to spend some time with Chrissy, Ricky and Joey today and I want to thank them for letting me barge in for a little bit. I also want to thank my friend, JW for babysitting Gia so that I could go to support my sister and Ricky.
I love being an aunt. It’s amazing to me that I didn’t feel them move in my belly and I don’t get to see them 24/7 but I love them like they are my own. I have known Joey less than a day and I hated leaving him because I already love him so much. I have the best nieces and nephews. I get all the fun stuff without the aggravation of actually parenting. I love the relationship I have with my niece that is older than Nico and my niece that is older than Belle and Tommy. I don’t get to see my nephew too often because at every family party, he and Tommy scurry away to do whatever it is that they do. They are truly the best of friends. I love that Gina’s youngest girls (the twins) love me and cuddle with me because they are super shy with everyone (well…outside of our family) and that they never complain while watching Gia for me. I love LeeAnna’s two sons and Chrissy’s two sons because we are raising them all together except that when they throw fits, I don’t have to do anything but be thankful it’s not Gia’s turn. I get the smooches and all the loving without being the big meanie that makes them cry trying to teach them to be good kids.
All in all, this is one of those days when I can’t stop smiling at the beauty of God’s little miracles. Welcome to the family, Baby Joey! Get ready for a wild (loud) ride!