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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Really Exciting News!!

Yes, I have some really exciting news I am a Great Aunt. How about that?

Our niece and her husband became the proud parents of a gorgeous baby boy on 20th June. And I do really mean gorgeous. His name is Christopher Ian and he is absolutely  beautiful. Phil and I are so happy for them all.

The photo shows all three of them at home shortly after my niece was released from the hospital in Newcastle.

Phil & I only managed to get to see them all last Monday as Phil had so many hospital appointments the week before, but it was worth the wait. The little boy is just wonderful. I even got to hold him, though I have to say I was terrified I might break something.

There is only one teeny weeny little snag...  I am not too sure sure about my new title - Great Aunt!  Don't you think that it sounds like someone has leaped from the pages of Great Expectations?

One person put forward the suggestion that I be called Grand Aunt, but truthfully, can you put your hand on your heart and tell me that it sounds any better? So I have decided Christopher shall call me Auntie Eileen or even better, Eileen. At least that sounds like I am his friend and not some crusty old aunt from the world of Dickens.

So now we are looking forward to our next visit. Perhaps I will feel more comfortable at holding him. However, it won't be this week as are diaries are filled with visits to doctor, hospital and dentist. I have to say that this growing old business is no fun.

I think that is all for today except to add that I hope all is well in your world,


(c)Photo: by kind permission of Helen Dobson Whitwell


  1. Eileen, if you think Great Aunt is a bit awkward think about me, I am a Great, Great Aunt! Took a bit of getting used to however, they all call me Auntie so it really doesn't matter. More scary though, at a family wedding lst week my eldest niece said 'do you realise you are the Head of the family, the Matriarch'. (My sister died six years ago).
    Heavens above, I hadn't thought of that!

  2. I don't think I will live that long, Ann. But I shall hang in as long as possible. Even if it is just to annoy everyone! :-)

    As for Matriarch - let's not go down that road.

  3. Congratulations to all! I've been a Great Aunt for a number of years, but woe betide anyone that calls me that! I've gone for plain old Vee and it works just fine.

  4. Someone is on my side. Thank you for your good wishes. Cheers!!