Last week, I wrote about the cousins from across the ocean. Today, I would like to acknowledge my daughter’s awesome cousins we have right here in Connecticut.


These are the best cousins any kid could ever ask for. We have all been on vacation together in Cape Cod this week and they have been extremely helpful to me and my husband in watching our wild child. It has been so great watching them grow up to become fun and independent children. Don’t get me wrong, they fight like cats and dogs, and sometimes they teach my kid to do so as well, but they love my daughter to pieces.


My niece Olivia is age 12, going on 25. She is beautiful, smart, and sassy and shares her love of music, especially One Direction and Harry Styles, with my daughter. Olivia’s entrance into this world helped prepare me for motherhood. I was able to witness all of the amazing milestones and challenges before having a child of my own. She teaches my daughter about all things girly and my daughter just adores and looks up to her.


My nephew Joey is funny, stubborn, and very nurturing. He is very protective of his cousin and many times acts like her bodyguard. Even though my daughter reciprocates his protection and love with shouts of “Go away Joey!” he adores her nonetheless.

My daughter does not have siblings of her own, which is why I am so glad she has cousins with which to develop a unique bond. In fact, it’s probably the ideal relationship because they don’t see each other every day, so they can’t get on each other’s nerves as much and the time spent together is special.

As summer winds down, I am grateful that we were able to spend so much of it with family. Especially with these kids that make it all the more chaotic fun and meaningful.

What do you love most about your children’s relationships with their cousins?


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  1. my sweet boho boys today, canon 50DBoho Boy had gone to get us some food while I lay in our hotel bed and cuddle our sweet son. He told me on his drive back that he saw our hotel from a distance and thought to himself “my wife and son are in that hotel” and it hit him, tenderly but also so powerful and he cried (a man cry, he says… ; ).This overwhelming feeling of awe and realization hits me every once in a while, when I gaze at our baby and my heart fills to bursting and I get a huge lump in my throat. For years now the tears that have spilled over my cheeks have been those of longing and sorrow for this sweet soul but now they come from a joy and harmony I have never known as I hold him close to me. How often Boho Boy and I have looked in one another’s eyes over the past few days and smiled or teared up with a knowing that all the hurting and longing of this journey was so worth it. Our baby has found us in the most perfect way.Today we went to our 3 day of life check up with the Pediatrician out here (we love him). As we were sitting in the waiting room surrounded by darling young ones, Boho Boy caught me smiling while observing them play with the wooden toys on the floor. Later he told me he thought to himself…”I have my wife back” and it almost brought him to tears right there in the waiting room. He remembered all the other times when being in a room full of beautiful children would have brought to surface all those sad and tender places for me. Now I sit there with my cooing babe in my arms and watch them with peace and relief in my heart.We are healing and our sweet Cedar is the balm.

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