Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 252.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009.

Dear Nora Anne,

This morning you became my third niece, and the littlest edition to the Breeze Troyer family. I am so happy and excited for your parents, because they have another little human being to love in their household. I'm happy for your older and sister and brother, because they have a wonderful new little sister to take care of, make fun of, boss around and play with (yes, I was the youngest). But if I'm permitted to be selfish for one little moment (because I know this day is not at all about me), I do have this:

I am grateful to be your aunt, baby Nora.

And this time around (unlike my other niece and nephew on the Breeze side), I am grateful to be an aunt without also having my own baby coming in a few months. I am grateful to be an aunt without having my own needy newborn to distract me. I get to just be your aunt and nothing else.

We will always have a special bond, sharing "Anne" together as our middle name. I am honored that your parents chose this for you.

In two weeks I get to come visit you and I can hardly stand the wait. I have butterflies thinking about seeing you for the first time. I picture what you will look like, feel like, sound like, and I am filled with joy.

You are a blessing in our family, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life as your aunt!


  1. Hooray! Congratulations Hilary (and Lara!!!) I can't wait to see photos. And what a beautiful, beautiful name - Nora has always been one of my favorites!
    Lara, the third baby can be tough... but so, so special. You will enjoy every minute of it. And Anya will be such a huge help to you.
    Hilary, how great that you get to go visit just as an "aunt", not also as a "mommy"!

  2. Oh, I'm so excited to hear this! Congrats Hilary and family! I absolutely love her name! Hilary, have fun getting the chance to bond with your wonderful new little niece!

  3. Congratulations, Hilary (and Troyer family). I have been an aunt five times, now and I have to admit it is hard to bond with them when they live far away. Best wishes.

  4. ahhh...finally a moment to be at a computer when i can actually type and i'm not just "passing through" or clicking around with a baby on my lap. :-)

    hilary, this post was just beautiful. i read it during some late night feeding this weekend and seriously bawled my eyes out. thank you for this and for all that you are to all three of our children and to me. i couldn't ask for a more amazing sister and aunt to my children. i love you dearly and can't wait for you to be here soon.