Baby Bro, Here Are 7 Things I Want You To Know

Baby Bro, Here Are 7 Things I Want You To Know

This is half sentimental and half an apology in advance for the arsenal of videos I have ready for your wedding reception.

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Little brothers are good for a lot of things: cuddles, wrestling matches, and go-to scapegoat for every broken dish and clogged toilet. No matter how annoying they try to be, they're truly irreplaceable and loved more than they will ever know. Four years ago, our family grew from seven to eight with surprise baby #6. It's no secret that you're my favorite sibling, Toby, but I don't think the other sibbies care. You're still stuck with bedtime at 8.

I'm so thankful to have you in my life and I want you to grow up knowing that:

1. I love our car rides.

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Whether it's jamming to "Look What You Made Me Do" on the way to the gym or getting lost on new roads, I always feel happier when I look in the rearview and you're in the backseat gabbing away. You make road trips (and my driving) 100% better.

2. You make commuting to school worth it.

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As tedious as commuting to campus is, I'm grateful because it means I get to stay in your life longer. I was worried that going to college would mean I'd be that older sibling you barely know, but it doesn't look like that will happen any time soon. Plus, Mom gets a convenient chauffeur.

3. Your wedding reception will essentially be sibling payback.

Netanya Brittain

Remember all those diapers Mom made me change and all those hours of "Paw Patrol" you made me sit through? You have no idea what's coming...

4. I'm sorry for all the times I've told you to stay a baby.

Netanya Brittain

Know that when I say this, I only mean the best. More than anything I want you to grow up into the person you were born to be, but I also don't want you to make growing up your first priority. Enjoy being the little guy while you can—the benefits are endless.

5. Being mistaken as your "mom" is one of the biggest compliments I will ever receive.

Netanya Brittain

You are the cutest little bundle of tantrums and joy on planet Earth and I am so blessed to be your big sister. You make me proud to be mistaken for your mom...

...excluding that one time when the ShopRite cashier thought Dad and I were your parents. That was a little too weird.

6. You will never not be the baby of the family, but that's not something to whine over.

Netanya Brittain

Embrace your "baby" status: it means special treatment and lifelong adoration.

7. I cried writing this.

Netanya Brittain

Toby, you'll always be that eensy little bundle in the hospital room I was too afraid to hold for fear of dropping you. Four years feels like forever already and you'll never have to worry about making your family proud, because you already have.

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11 Reasons Why Your Little Sister Is Your Biggest Blessing

She will forever be your go-to Netflix date, your late-night life talk partner, and your absolute best friend.
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She's the person you care for with all your heart and sometimes hate passionately. She's the one you misbehave with yet the one who often keeps you in check. You've been there since her day one, and she changed your life forever. She is truly your partner in every crime, your shoulder to cry on when life is too much to handle on your own, and the very best friend you never expected to love this much. She's your little sister, and there are many reasons why she is the best thing that ever happened to you.


1. She makes you want to be a better person.

She's your baby sister, and you want her to grow up to be a genuine and well-respected person, which means you must be that person for her to look up to. She gives you a reason to be better.

2. You were her first friend, and that is a difficult bond to break.

From the day she was born, you were who she latched onto. You were her friend before she knew anyone else, and that makes your relationship unbelievably strong.

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3. She matures you.

You find yourself feeling motherly when it comes to your little sister. Your instinct will always be to protect her, often maturing you beyond your years.

4. She will always keep you young.

Although you want to be a grown-up example in her life, she will always be a reminder to have more fun and to let loose. She also has a better sense of style than you ever did at her age, so pay attention.

5. Your life-long friends have known her almost as long as you have, and they love her too.

You may have been her very first friend, but your friends fell in love with her at a young age as well. You know you've got a pretty great little sister when your friends never fail to hug her upon arrival.

6. She supports your decisions.

This does not mean she will always agree with them, but as your sister, she trusts you to do the right thing.

7. And helps you make the ones that stump you.

She may not have as much life experience as you do, but sometimes this can work to your advantage. She hasn't made as many mistakes as you have, and this can mean she's not afraid to take chances and push you to make scary decisions.

8. Distance is no match for you two.

You could go long periods of time without talking and nothing would change. You'll pick up right where you left off every time, although you prefer to stay in touch consistently.

9. You've become really good at giving advice and looking out for people.

Your little sister will come to you for advice, and you become more and more prepared to give it every time. This experience has also helped you help your friends when they need your input.

10. You will always be needed.

We all want to feel like we are a necessity to someone; we want to feel like we are improving someone's quality of life. While you may find this in other relationships over the years, your little sister will always need you, and it will always be rewarding.

11. She's a constant in your ever-changing life.

People will come and go in your life. Relationships will end and friends will fade, but your sister isn't going anywhere.

The day she was brought home, your sister changed your life dramatically. Maybe you were an only child before she came along, and she stole your thunder for a little while, but you'll forgive her for it. You'll realize that she changed your life for the better. She became your truest friend and your biggest blessing.


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To My Sisters Who Have Made Life So Amazing, You're Stuck With Me Forever

In a family of 5 and 4 of them are girls, I really do not know how my dad has managed to make it out alive. However, for me, they make everyday so much fun.

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Growing up, I always wondered what it would be like to have a brother. An older one to be exact. I never wanted a pesky younger brother that would annoy me all the time. I wanted a protective older brother who would always have my back. Turns out, two sisters are much better than a stinky older brother. I definitely have taken it for granted in the past but now I have realized how important it is each and every day to make sure that I make time for both of my sisters. Whether that is a simple text back and forth, a facetime call, a weekend home, or even an Instagram like on their pictures.

Trust me, the likes matter. It is always going to be a top priority for me.

With sisters, there is a lot to be thankful for.

Hello...free clothes! Who needs to online shop when you can just rotate new clothes. However, there have actually been times when my sisters and I have gotten two of the same shirt because we did not want to share. But most of the time, we just all wear each other and it saves us a lot of money. Also, relationship talks are the biggest blessing when it comes to having sisters. Don't get me wrong, I have an amazing relationship with my mom and I tell her probably more than she wants to hear but there is always some stuff you can ONLY tell your sisters. Although sometimes it comes with a little judgment and the occasional, "You are so stupid!" I will always know that they will always support me and be on my side.

They will always be there to listen to me and give me the advice that I need.

One of my favorite things about me and my sister's relationship is how we are basically each other's social media hype men.

I do not know where my Instagram would be without my sisters. My life on the internet would not look half as amazing as it is without them. They will always be there to find the best picture spot and take about 100 photos doing the same pose until we get it right. They are always around to tell me how cute I look in my outfit and make me laugh in order to get the perfect candid photo. Whenever there is an event to dress up for, we are outside 10 minutes before we leave trying to get the perfect outfit picture. Oh yeah, let's not forget the intense editing that goes along with it. I make sure that every picture we post has the perfect filter on it that goes with our Instagram themes. If you think my Instagram makes my life amazing, you should see how my real life is. It is 10x better than the little squares I post every once in a while.

I really do not know what I would do without my sisters. They truly are a girl's best friend. Forget diamonds, I can do without those...for now. I could not go a day without texting them, checking up on them, talking about the latest gossip, and anything else that has happened in our lives. I would not look as cute in my outfits without their clothes and I would not have the best Instagram pictures without them. They make life so much more fun and exciting with every adventure, experience, and memory we have together.

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