The Chronicles of Auntie Sassa – BABY SNUGGLES!!! + a uterine PSA

CAUTION: This post is bursting with adorableness. On Tuesday, the twins (my nephews) Eli and Emmett along with big sister Georgia (my niece) got their newborn pictures taken and Kelli headed to my mom’s house afterwards. She asked if I wanted to some over to visit… UHM YES!

I was one of the first ones up after the boys were born, when they were in the NICU but ever since then, our family has been plagued with well, the plague and either we were sick and weren’t allowed around the babies or vice versa. We haven’t got to see them since they came home about a week ago! Carver and Gannon have been SO excited to meet their baby cousins, I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Gannon just wanted to give them hugs. Look at that middle picture, look at that smile. Please excuse my hair, I had just woken up from a nap as I had to work night shift later that night. This is Emmett we are holding, you can tell because of the hair and the reddish complexion.

As you can tell, Georgia was NOT excited about sharing her little brothers with Carver and Gannon. I just adore that middle picture. Carver looking at Georgia like “please share your brothers” and Georgia looking like “this was supposed to be my special thing.”

Grandma Jo got her snuggle fix in too. Mom and I always joke that she is aging in reverse. She seriously looks younger every year. She is just so pretty and I’m so flattered when people tell us we look alike.

Here is a photo feature of Emmett – Emmett isn’t as squawky as Eli – Eli is a little less content at the moment so I got a few pictures of Emmett. It is so easy to tell them apart, Emmett has a reddish complexion, Eli is lighter skinned. Emmett has way more hair and Eli has less hair. They give off different energy too if you know what I mean, even at this age.

Such a proud Auntie over here! I just love getting to know our newest members of the family. I love seeing how much Carver loves the new babes, I love seeing Kelli light up as a new mom again. I was so frustrated, some random chick at a gas station made the comment to Kelli about “when is she going to have her baby” implying that she looked pregnant. I’ve had this happen to me too, I’ve been around others when people have made that comment as well.

A good rule of thumb is unless there is a baby actively exiting the woman’s vagina, you just can’t know if someone is pregnant so don’t ask. Maybe they just had a loss, maybe they just gave a baby up for adoption, maybe they just had the baby and are struggling with their body image, maybe they have a tumor or a medical condition, maybe, just maybe, it is none of your business.

Here are some safe topics to talk about – trust me, I know safe topics because I have to have set boundaries as a nurse about what I’m willing to share with a patient. I’m an expert small talker. Ask about the weather. Ask about their garden. Say “where are you from.” Ask if they have any pets. Ask about their tattoo. Compliment them.

Just please, do not comment about the status of their uterus EVER. Whether it is empty, full, going to be full, removed, can’t be full, recently emptied, just don’t talk about or ask about someone’s uterus unless they do. Thank you for coming to my ted talk.

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  1. Norma
    May 7, 2021 / 12:37 pm

    Adorable babies and thanks for the PSA. My daughter cannot have babies. Safe topics are good.

  2. Stacie
    May 7, 2021 / 12:44 pm

    Amen to every comment about another person’s uterus!! Ugh! Love the precious babies! And yes, your mother is beautiful!

  3. Joy
    May 7, 2021 / 12:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  4. Margaret in North Texas
    May 7, 2021 / 1:46 pm

    So cute–twins are so adorable–everyone was enjoying their snuggles.

  5. Carolyn+Sullivan
    May 7, 2021 / 11:03 pm

    when I was approaching 60 (YEP 60) i too was asked if I was pregnant LOL NO JUST abdominal fat….. and that is what I said too…. she was embarrassed as she should be!

  6. Becky Gilliam
    May 8, 2021 / 12:02 am

    Congratulations to all on the beautiful babies. Get lots of snuggles!

    LOL, I know about safe topics too. Daughter is CRNA nurse anesthiast. She talks about my quilts a lot, she says. She said with one of her first patients, she had no idea what to say so she casually mentioned that her mom made quilts. She said the woman talked for 20 minutes about quilts and quilt shop she had previously owned, and quilt fabrics, LOL. Now she also talks about sewing machines and ‘featherweights’. LOL, she wouldn’t know a featherweight if it landed on her toes, but she has heard me talked about them enough she can start another conversation thread…

  7. Robby H.
    May 8, 2021 / 12:54 am

    We have a family friend (male) who announced one day that although he was known to sometimes blunder a bit in conversation he had a firm rule on asking women about having babies. “Unless I see the baby actually exiting the womb I will never ask any woman about having a baby.” All the women in the group assured him this was an excellent rule.

  8. May 8, 2021 / 1:47 am

    Thanks for all the adorable twin photos, Kalissa!! I learned something new about you today. I had no idea that your nieces and nephews call you Auntie Sassa. :o))

  9. Kim J LeMere
    May 8, 2021 / 2:33 pm

    What adorable pictures of the new babies being loved on by family. Thanks for the reminder on safe topics, its a lesson we can all learn.

  10. Susan+the+Farm+Quilter
    May 8, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    I occasionally do get to ask about a uterus…as an umpire, I’ve had a few ladies still play while pregnant. I don’t guess, another player on their team will tell me or she’ll be playing catcher so we chat. I will then tell the other team so they know not to tag her tummy. It always scares me because I had a miscarriage, but it is their body and their choice, I just do what little I can to protect them. I remember looking pregnant for ages after each of my babies and wishing it would go away faster! The twins are adorable and I love seeing the pictures of the snuggles!! It will be fun to see pictures of them as they grow!! Poor Georgia, first she gets two new brothers that she has to share everyone with and now she has to share her brothers with her cousins!! Love Carver giving her some side-eye!!

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