Today my precious niece entered this world. My brother, Ryan, and his wife, Joanna, welcomed Kinsley Leigh Cantrell into their family. She was 6 pounds 13 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Even though she’s not my child, she is my family, and I’m very proud to say that I’m her aunt. It’s an amazing thing to watch someone become a parent for the first time. When I first saw Kinsley she is was snoozing comfortably in her daddy’s arms. She looked like a little frog with her tiny knees bent up to her chest. I loved her instantly. We were lucky enough to get there just in time to watch her get her first bath. It probably sounds stupid but I really enjoyed getting to watch as the nurse gently washed her as she occasionally let out the sweetest little cry. I missed seeing Max’s first bath, and I was so drugged up during Jake’s that I don’t remember it. I’m thankful that Ryan and Joanna shared that experience with me.
Happy birthday, Kinsley! From the moment you entered your mama’s belly you were loved by many. You are one lucky girl to have so many great people in your life. I want you to know that you have some awesome parents. Your mama is an awesome and very tough lady and she would do anything in the world for you. Your daddy (my brother) is one of the sweetest guys I know. He adores you and he’s already a protective father. You’re lucky to have have two awesome sets of grandparents that are going to spoil you rotten, if they haven’t already. I’m so thankful that we get to live close to you and watch you grow up. I’m looking forward to watching you play with Max and Jake . You won’t understand the magnitude of your parents love until you have a child of your own, but just know that they are deeply in love with you, even though they just met you. You are very special and absolutely precious.