Life in the Fast Lane


What's It Like?

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"Hey, you're a tita (aunt) now! What's it like?"

I've been asked this question several times these past few days. And, to be honest, I never know what to answer.

Over the weekend, my sister-in-law gave birth to a baby boy with a full head of black, wavy hair. All 7.9 pounds and 21 inches in length of him = absolute perfection. 

This little boy is the first grandchild and nephew of both his mom and his dad's families, so imagine the range of emotions we've all been feeling: joy, contentment, excitement, bliss, wonder, delight (and also, nervousness, worry, anxiety when my sister-in-law was about to give birth).

But now that he's here, it's been awesome. And I'm sure his sleep-deprived parents also agree with this to a certain extent; at least after they've been able to sleep for a few hours at a time.

I write for a living, but when it comes to this little boy and the joy that he has brought to our families' lives, I really can't articulate my thoughts and emotions.

Really, I wouldn't know how to answer what it's like to be a first-time auntie — as opposed to a godmother of my cousins' or friends' kids, which I already am. It's a hodgepodge of things running through my mind: I think about the wonder that is this new life; I think about how he has made things brighter just by being a part of this world; I think about the future and what he will be like or who he will take after; I think about the seemingly trivial, like how his toes already resemble the sausage-like toes that are unique to our side of the family.

As it is, this entry has absolutely no structure or flow to it, so please forgive me. Clearly, I'm not making much sense, and instead of saying more nonsensical things, I'll just let my visual side explain things through photos. I think you'll enjoy them more than words at this point.

This little señorito burrito is finally out of the hospital and has settled in in his own crib. Of course, as soon as work ends for the day, I can't wait to rush over and help out with diaper changing, feeding, burping, and putting him to sleep.

There's a good chance that I'll be posting a lot of nephew-related milestones and events in the future, being the "stage aunt" that I am. If I'm already a pretty over-the-top big sister (to my siblings' utter shame and horror), imagine my excitement as a new aunt. I can't wait!

Congratulations once again to my brother, Chuck, and sister-in-law, Anna! So thrilled to see you embracing your new roles as parents and I look forward to how you will raise this little boy to become a man after God's own heart. In the meantime, know that there are so many of us who are more than willing to help you look after him (and spoil him rotten)!

P.S. Going through all of these photos and the memories/emotions that they captured made me remember why I learned to love photography ten years ago. In this age of "instant photography" (thanks to the likes of Instagram), I've gotten lazy, I must admit. Picking up a heavy camera, focusing the lens, composing my shot, adjusting my aperture, and timing my shots were something I've missed. I'd love to pick it up again as a hobby; if not a hobby, I hope that I won't always rely on just a smartphone to capture such moments.

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  1. Yayyy! Finally... a blog entry about Mateo. Gotta love the captions you had on your FB album. The little burrito is such a cutie! Already the apple of everyone's eyes. Hehe.

    Oh and yeah, you (and Cookie) are now officially one of the #TitasofManila. :)

  2. Thanks, Rose! He truly is! He's my wallpaper in all my gadgets and personal and work MacBooks. Hahaha!

    And yes, we definitely are. Super #TitasOfManila mode!


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