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Where is that Baby?

My increasingly frustrated baby sister is still pregnant. She’s swollen, tired and ready to reclaim her body. At 12 days past her due date, she’s convinced this child has inherited her father’s gene for stubbornness.

I’m scheduled to head back to Atlanta Monday, but I’m torn because of course I’d love to be here when my new little niece starts entertaining her first round of visitors, but alas “life” will require our impromptu vacation in Vermont come to an end. If I go home as scheduled do you think I’ll be automatically disqualified from the favorite aunt contest?  In addition to mommy guilt do women also suffer from aunt guilt?

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4 comments to Where is that Baby?

  • Amy

    Okay so lets be honest, although I am sure that you will feel guilty if you miss this big event, guilt seems to just be a part of life these days but will this precious little niece know any different … the real importance is when you bring her that first piece of chocolate or do other cool auntie things!!! I would prefer that you extend your vacation through the month of June so we could have some more chatty time but I know what it is like to be away from home and so what can I say!

  • Amy

    To your little sister that is 12 days over due — *HUG* and hang in there! Tell that little one that late fees are adding up …

  • Shiela

    Oh bless her heart! She must be so over it. Well the laundry list of what to do to bring on labor: spicy food, italian food, long walks, “the deed”, putting your feet up and relaxing (yeah right!), and shouting at the heavens (or your husband, whatever).

    Don’t feel guilty about not being there. You know, after all the initial excitement dies down and the visitors go home, sometimes that is when you feel like, after a week or two or no one there anymore, that you could use some help! So think of this as your opportunity to be the true relief string in a month or so when you could possibly go back up for a week or whatever :)

  • Brad

    I agree with Shiela. You can always come back later…and have her all to yourself. :-) And yes, there is Aunt guilt. Uncle guilt too.

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