Welcome to this world little one. I found out my sister-in-law gave birth to you when I was at a gas station in the middle of a snowstorm, putting $10 of gas into my car. I am your auntie and I live across the country from you and I’m going to love you for the rest of your life.
You’re a tiny wee baby right now and I’ve yet to meet you, but I already am head over heels in love with you.
You’re going to have the most incredible life and I know your mom and dad are going to do everything in their power to raise you to be one kind, genuine and smart man.
I might not be in-person present for the first bits of your life, but I want you to know I’m always going to be there for you. Whenever you need anything, I am just a phone call away (not now because you’re only a few days old and you don’t really know how to use a phone yet… but when you grow up and need someone to talk to, I’ll be here.)
Your dad, my brother, will love you unconditionally for the rest of your life. He will protect you, just like he protected me growing up. He will help you sell lemonade with your friends on street corners, find salamanders under rocks and play cops and robbers, just like we did growing up.
He will show you what true love is because your daddy really loves your mommy so much. Your mommy also really loves your daddy and I’m so glad they found each other and have the opportunity to feel love in so many ways. Elizabeth, thank you as well for coming into my brother’s life and making him a husband and a father. You’re so very special.
I cannot wait to watch you grow up and see your progress. I’m already that first-time auntie who is obsessed and wants to share all of the pictures of you on my social media. Your wee little nose and fingers make me melt inside!
Henry Alexander Gibson Kirby, thank you for being born. Thank you for coming into my brother’s life and making him a father, I know you’re exactly what he’s always wanted and more. Thank you for carrying on the Gibson Kirby name and thank you for being my nephew.
I promise to shower you with love and affection from this day forward. May you always feel loved and spoiled.
Thank you, Henry, for being the perfect little nugget you are.
I love you.