Yesterday was my nephew Dylan’s 8th birthday. I wanted to get this up on his actual birthday, but believe it or not, I actually spent the evening away from my computer and with my family.
Eight years ago, I was going through a difficult time in my life. I was about to graduate from college. I was splitting up with my ex-husband. My mom was going through treatments for breast cancer. My parents had recently separated. There were so many unknowns in my life. Then I got the call that my sister was heading to the hospital and my nephew was about to be born.
It is amazing the effect that a baby can have on a family. I had really pulled away from my family during college. We were all dealing with our own problems in life, but when Dylan was born, he was the one thing that pulled us all back together.
Before Dylan was born, I had no idea that it was possible to have so much love for a child. Sure, I loved babies, but this one was one of us. He was part of our family. He was wonderful.
In the eight years since he was born, our family has changed in so many ways. Sometimes it seems like his birth was just yesterday and sometimes it seems like it was a lifetime ago.
One thing I know for sure is that I love this boy with all my heart and I would do anything for him, just as I would my own child.
Happy Birthday Dylan! Your Aunt Dee sure does love you!