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I have taken many types of vacations in my life, from an extended family two-van convoy to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to a honeymoon in Hawaii.
All my vacations since becoming a mother have involved at least one trip to a zoo, and they’ve all been entertaining.
But the kind of vacation I’m taking as you read this is not the typical one, even for me.
In fact, it’s kind of a “working” vacation, as it were, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Four weeks ago, my first nephew was born, and my excited 5-year-old and I are going to Charlotte to help out with the brand new member of the Shew family.
We look forward to a week of cleaning spit-up, changing diapers and giving plenty of hugs and kisses to this new life, and we hope to cherish every minute of it.
The thing about cute little babies is, they grow up too fast. Someone once said you spend the first year trying to teach them to walk and talk and the next 17 years trying to get them to sit down and shut up.
The key is to savor the moments you spend with them as youngsters while also teaching them how to spread their wings and fly without you when it’s time for them to leave the nest.
I remember how small and helpless my daughter looked as a newborn. All I wanted to do was protect her. I still do, but she’s not so helpless these days. With her aggressive nature and karate skills, I think she’s halfway to a law enforcement career.
But she also has a softer side, and her love of babies is one reason I’m taking her along as my sidekick on this adventure. She may not have the attention span or sense of responsibility of an older child, but she makes up for it with her enthusiasm and enjoyment of being around little ones.
I’m proud of her development over the past (almost) six years, and I’m sure her new role as a big cousin to the little one will improve her outlook on life even more. She embraces nearly everything we expose her to (the latest being tee ball).
I don’t doubt in the least my brother and his wife will have adventures with their little boy just as interesting if not more than I’ve had with my daughter.
And the Wilson clan plans to be around as much as we can to make sure of it.