In addition to her child’s impending arrival, her sister, Erin is due to give birth to her first child just a few weeks ahead of Adrian. Two grandbabies in the space of a month! I will be busy, for sure.
Erin and Adrian with baby bumps
But, Aiden will never, ever take second place. As I told Adrian, “I have enough love to go around.”
I wonder, though, how Aiden will receive his little brother. The two won’t be close in age, but that will balance out over the years. I envision Aiden as a protective older brother
I called Adrian recently and told her she might want to consider changing the name she had picked out for her unborn. Aiden came up with a nickname already for Carter – “Carter Farter.” Cute, huh? That’s a little boy for you, I guess. It probably won’t matter what name the baby carries, his big brother is sure to find a boatload of nicknames that will be used to annoy, harass, pick-on, and intimidate his younger sibling. That’s what they do, right?
From the moment I met Aiden, two days after his birth, he had my heart. His smile is contagious
He loves loud things: sounds like explosions, toy car crashes, and banging. He expresses himself with loud grunts, growls, and yells. He needs to be on the move constantly. His mother bemoans, “Where does he get all that energy? I am exhausted!” Right now, as he tries to play a computer game he is jumping out of his skin; in between game moves he jumps onto the couch and bounces about, accompanying his actions with all sorts of expressive words and sounds. He is a healthy, active boy.
Adrian is already preparing herself for having two boys on her hands; and she thinks she is tired now. For me, I am beside myself with anticipation for the two newest arrivals. Aiden has nothing to worry about; he is and will always be the first and enjoy all that comes with that special status. Just as he is an amazing little boy, I know he is going to be an amazing big brother and cousin. As Nana, I get to sit back and watch. Well, that’s what I think I’ll be doing. I’m pretty sure there will a lot of rocking, snuggling, and toddler chasing in my future. What more could a Nana want?