A Letter from Your Non-Biological Auntie

When your mom told me she was pregnant with you, I was shocked. She was, too.

I was so excited, but I never thought I would love you as much as I do now.

I met you the day after you were born; I had never met a baby so young and tiny.

I loved you from the moment I saw you, the moment I held you, and the moment you wrapped your tiny hand around my finger.

You’re seven months old now; you’re growing way too fast. But, I love watching you develop a personality.

I wish I could see you every single day; I could spend hours with you, playing with your toys, laughing with you, giving you kisses, and snuggling up to you.

You bring me so much joy, and you’re always making me laugh.

I love FaceTiming with you. It’s always a good way to end the day.

I can’t wait until the days where I’m chasing you around my house, where you run up to me and give me hugs, and where you are able to say my name. It’ll be sad to see you grow, but also very exciting. We will have so much fun together.

I wish you could stay young forever. I wish you could stay as innocent and mindless about the issues in this world. You will grow up and you will probably face some struggles, because that’s the way life is. I promise you, though, I will always be here for you. And I hope when you grow up, you will feel like you can come to me for anything. I will be a “cool aunt,” but also one who protects you.

I’m not your real aunt, but I feel like one because the bond we have and the love I have had for you since the day you were born is incredible…there are no words to explain it. I adore you, and I hope we never grow apart. But, even if we do one day, I will always love you.

I truly believe you are a miracle. You are such a happy and good little boy. Given her age, the fact that your mom even got pregnant with you is a miracle.

You have made my life, and other people’s lives, so much better. I have felt things I’ve never felt before. You are loved by so many.

You will always be loved by so many; please never forget that.

I love you to the moon and back.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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