{The Ordinary Moments 14} #19 ‘Auntie’

My little sister Anna is ten years younger than me.  I still remember vividly the day she was born.  I went to school as normal and in the evening my Dad took me to see ‘the new baby’ at the hospital.  I walked straight past her in her plastic see through cot, ignored her and went straight to my Mum.  I was nervous by this little being in the room, nervous about what it would be like to be a big sister.

But soon I adored having a baby in the house, I would help my Mum change her nappy, dress her up in ridiculous outfits and show her off to all my friends.  I was fiercely protective of her, in fact once having a physical fight with a boy in the playground because he deliberately knocked her over with a swing.

Then at eighteen I went off to uni and for years I wasn’t really all that close to her.  At that stage in my life- growing up, moving out and becoming independent- well our age gap seemed even bigger than it actually was and we didn’t have a thing in common.  I saw her when I went home for the holidays and I loved her dearly, but when I was eighteen and she was eight the ten years seemed a lot.

When we moved from London six years ago, we moved back in with my Mum for a bit while we saved for our house.  It was then that I started to get close to Anna again.  The gap seemed less and while she irritated me sometimes, (and still does!) we became friends.  When my girls were born, we became closer still, for she truly is the best Auntie we could ask for.

She adores my girls and they adore her.  LL’s smile is always so wide when she sees ‘Auntie Annie’ and Mads talks about her every day.  She sees them a few times a week and I am so thankful that she plays such a big part in their lives.  She comes out with us on family days often, we go shopping, she comes over lots and she also babysits for us occasionally too.

My girls are very lucky to have her.  Like when she buys them big ice creams with sprinkles like from these iPhone photos on Monday.  Because Aunties always get THE best treats.




My girls are a lot closer in age so hopefully they will be close.  But if they are best friends like myself and my little sister, I will be so very proud of them.


  • Michelle says:

    Ahh that’s so sweet! I’m glad you’ve got a fantastic relationship with your sister now. My sister and I have an 8 year age gap and its only till our 20,s we got close its odd isn’t it?! I think mads and LL’s will always be best friends there just adorable x

  • Keri-Anne says:

    Beautiful darling. Me and my sister are the best of friends. She is three years tougher but I also have a sister who is 12 ears you her than me and we don’t really have a relationship. My two you her brothers are 9 and 6 and at the moment it feels like they aren’t really my brothers or the girls uncles. I hope as they get older, we can have a bond some how. X

  • I loved reading this, and hearing the lovely relationship your sister has with your girls, but it did make me a little bit sad. My husbands sister hasn’t seen my son since Christmas Day, and I can’t even remember when my brothers wife last saw him.
    I really hoped that he would have a close relationship with his aunties and uncles but that is proving not to be the case.
    Luckily my auntie (his great aunt) adores him and makes up for the others. Xx

  • Katrina says:

    This was a lovely post Katie. I have 2 big brothers & i’m not particularly close with them-on the one hand this saddens me, but i think if they were sisters this would be harder to deal with. & it’s so nice she’s meat involved with the your girlies- A great Auntie! xx

  • Donna says:

    It’s lovely that in your adult years you have built on that friendship with your sister. I can imagine it being hard growing up having a sibling 10 years younger.
    I have a brother that we don’t talk about. He is 10 years older than me and when I was growing up he .. wasn’t around. I’ve probably only seen him a dozen times in my life! I have another Brother though who is 5 years older than me and it was pretty much the same situation as you when we were younger – That 5 years seemed huge! But now, I’m nearly 30, he’s nearly 35, that gap is nothing at all and we are so, so close. He is also the best uncle ever! x

  • How lovely. I can really relate. My little sister is 10 years younger then me also and we drifted apart when I moved out when she was 7. SInce spending more time with her after Eli was born we have startef to get to know each other all over again.

  • Mummy Says says:

    Gorgeous post Katie. There is just two years between me and my sister and she dotes on my kids. I feel they are so lucky to have such a great auntie and wonderful relationship with her xx

  • Carie says:

    She sounds like an awesome Auntie – lucky girls! It’s so lovely that you got that chance to build a close relationship with your sister despite a big age gap, and that you get to see her so much; I wish my sister were nearer.

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  • Emily says:

    Yummy! And Hooray for little sisters! Huge hugs to you beautiful lady xxx

  • Something about sisters, I must say. I am lucky I have an elder sister who has always been there for me. Things were never smooth all the time but something about sisters that makes any fight seem not worth fussing over for too long. We always go back to each other

  • got to love a fab aunty or uncle my girls are so lucky with my brother and sister in law they are totally adored. its funny how an ages gap seems bigger or small depending on how life is.

  • Lucy says:

    I think it’s so lovely that you and Anna are so close. I’m really close with my brother too, and I think that’s part of the reason that having a second child was so important to me. It’s so nice to have someone to share all your history and in jokes with. x

  • Alice says:

    I am an only child so the sibling dynamic always baffles me! Although I now see my girls being such good friends and i really wish i’d had a sister to grow up along side x

  • Kara says:

    All I have to say is this post is just lovely x

  • Sarah says:

    It’s so lovely that you see your sister a lot, and the girls get to see their auntie too. I’m very close with my brother (he’s exactly two years older than me – our birthdays are the next day to each other) but he lives in Essex and I live in Scotland so we don’t get to see each other that often. It makes me a bit sad that Toby has only met him three times since he was born. Hopefully he’ll get to see more of each other when Toby is a bit bigger.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It is hard when you live away from your family. I often want to move away but having been at home with them for a few years, I just don’t think I could move now! x

  • Oh this is lovely, I don’t have a sister and am not terribly close to my brother so this is lovely to read. Xxx

  • Ritz says:

    This is beautiful! I didn’t have a sister as a sibling and i craved one , my sis in law is my best friend and the sister i always hoped for 🙂 its so lovely to read you have wonderful relationship with your sister 🙂 I am sure Mads and LL will be best friends they are such lovely girls xx

  • Jenny says:

    Katie what a lovely post. A great AUNTIE indeed! I wish growing up I had an auntie to buy me ice creams that big or any. hahaha Yummy! Your girls are so lucky to be loved by your sister. I struggle because I am one of eight siblings and they all live in america so some have never met (except through facetime) my kids. They won’t get to have memories like I do of my aunt and uncles. This was one of the reason I was so excited to have a second child. I wanted Buba and Missy Moo to have someone close in age to grow up with through all their stages together. I am like you and your sister, my siblings are much older than me so at times even a small gap of 9 years between my sister really was huge when I was little. But now we both have a son 4 days apart in age and that has really brought us closer and our age gap doesn’t seem to exist at all. So lovely you and your sister have become great friends.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It’s wonderful giving the gift of a sibling isn’t it? And yes we really are great friends, I hope my girls will be too. x

  • jenny paulin says:

    Katie i never realised there was such a big age gap between you and your sister. i know my Mum, who is 5 years older than my Uncle, clearly remembers the day he was born too and how much she did not want a baby brother lol
    it is lovely that you are and your sister are much closer now as I can see why the gap would not seem so big now.
    I am sure your girls will be close as they grow older – I really hope my boys will too because my main reason for having more than one child is so that they will have each other as they grow up, and (and I hate having to write this) when I am no longer here 🙁
    sorry to end that so morbidly!!
    gorgeous photos and that ice cream looks soooo good x

  • Lauren says:

    I always forget there is a ten year age gap. It definitely doesn’t look like it anyway.
    I love reading about your family as you all seem so close and I think that’s wonderful. She does seem like a fantastic aunty xx

  • Leilani says:

    My youngest brother and I are ten years apart as well. I have two younger brothers, but I love that I can remember everything about the youngest one being born and coming home as a baby. When I went off to college I felt the same as you. I would visit and feel like I didn’t even know this eight year old kid. But somehow we got closer. He’s the best uncle, the kids love him. And I have three brothers and no sisters, but he lets me confide in him like a sister 🙂

  • That is so lovely. Such lovely pictures of your beautiful girls. Baby has a lovely relationship with Mr Hubby’s sister, I love watching them together xx

  • I had to read this because I’m nine years older than my sister! Unlike you, I was very excited about her arrival into the world and we were always close (I have a younger brother too, so it wasn’t such a shock to have a new sibling). My kids have always adored her and her husband, who have been a part of their lives since they were born – my sister was only 18 and her now husband was 17 when my eldest was born. I wondered how the relationship would change when my sister had my niece 16 months ago, but I”m pleased to say the relationship is as good as ever!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah this is lovely to read Sarah, and so nice to hear how close you are to your sister too. Big age gaps certainly don’t always mean less closeness. x

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    You sound very close to each other despite the 10 year gap – there is a 10 year gap between my mum and one of her little brothers and he was always our very cool uncle and we’d do really naughty things together all the time 🙂

  • My Aunty is the closest thing I have to a mum, now that I have no mum. Priceless and wonderful, especially for little girls.

  • Awww i think it’s wonderful that you and Anna have such a close relationship now. My sister and i didn’t see eye to eye when we were younger but we’re the best of friends now and i wouldn’t be without her, i know it’s a cliche but there really is no better friend than a sister. Must be so lovely for you to watch your little ladies’ relationship blossom!xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It’s wonderful to watch their relationship grow, and I bet it is lovely to watch your boys too. x

  • I can see that the girls must adore her, Aunties are always so much fun! My mums sister was about 8 years younger than her and she did so much with me, we are still really close and we are really similar. She’ll be there for them when they get older, lots of fun ahead xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Definitely, Aunties are lots of fun, and it is great that she will be there for them growing up. x

  • It’s special you have a fantastic relationship with your sister now – so precious. Mads and LL look so tight, a very special bond has already formed there. I would also love a lick of Mads’s ice-cream hehe xAx

  • Nice post – family is so important,

  • Alex Bump to Baby says:

    My sister is 10 years younger than me and we’re not that close. It’s kind of just hit me that perhaps I should make more of an effort to get to know her and try and close the gap a bit emotionally!

    Alex x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I think it is definitely harder to have common ground and get closer when there is such a big age gap but I am pleased myself and Anna are so close- it’s lovely. x

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