Three nephews and two nieces on my side of the family, and two nieces on Steve's side, ranging in age from ten years to two weeks - they're all gorgeous kids.
Being an aunty is so different to being a mum. Mainly because you just get the fun bits, without the sleepless nights and tantrums. But since having Abbey, I also love seeing her develop relationships with her cousins.
She sees six of her cousins (the seventh lives in Sydney and we're yet to meet her!) regularly. And her face lights up when she does.
Abbey looks adoringly at ten-year-old Miss S and tries to do everything she does; she runs around crazily with six-year-olds Mr L and Mr H; plays with and avoids cuddles from almost-four-year-old Miss E; loves but clashes with three-year-old Miss C; and gently pats the little two-week-old baby (Mr as-yet-unnamed!).
And she loves it when her mum stops working and does fun things when the kids come over - like going to a kids' day at the local tulip festival with the very gorgeous six-year-old Mr L yesterday:
A tractor ride!
In the craft tent
Running among the tulips (Mr L trying to hold Abbey still for a quick photo!) (Yes, Abbey has a blue nose from the stamps in the craft tent!)