Eight days after Y2K (thankfully we all survived) this beautiful baby girl entered my life and I would be forever changed. She was so perfect. I remember sitting in the hospital waiting room a part of the small party who was awaiting her arrival. The first grandchild for 7 grandparents (there was a lot of anticipation) myself and their uncle all waiting to hear any word of our precious baby entering this world. She was so loved before she even arrived and I will never forget hearing her first cry. We were just moments away down the hall from her and we stood all holding our breath wondering if that was her, was that her first sound in this world that we are hearing? We exited the waiting room and crept out towards her taking up the entire hall. Finally, her dad came out with tear filled eyes and told us “IT’S A GIRL!” We cried, we hugged, we were all so full of love. Fast forward 18 years and here we were again, the grandparents, her parents, her aunts and even a brother and cousin and we stood gazing at her in awe of this women who was before us. Her beauty, her strength all ready to take on the world. And it took me back to that moment of us all waiting, barely breathing, completely in awe of this beautiful little girl and completely unaware how she would change our lives. Our little Jordy - all grown up.
She was the first to officially call me Aunty Shay. She made me an Aunty. And that will always hold a special place in my heart. Being only 10 when she was born we were raised together. I spent as much time as I could with her and my sisters. I bathed her, I read to her, and I kissed her goodnight. We laughed, we snuggled, and sometimes we fought like sisters. It has been the most wonderful relationship to have a niece, a sister, and a best friend all rolled into one. We share a passion for dance, hip hop and performing and sharing the stage with her was one of my most favourite life moments.
Seeing this 18 year old women in front of me that day was a little hard to accept. She wasn't my little Jordy any longer (which was proved when she made me go back to back to prove she was officially taller than me the night before these photos). She was this strong, beautiful, hilarious, take no shit women who had grown up in the blink of an eye.
Its so hard to hold back everything you want to say in that moment. To tell them all the things not to do or all the things you want them to do. Its hard to let go and realize its all up to them now. I want to tell her everything that I think will help in this incredible time in her life but I think the most important one that I hope she carries with her wherever she goes is that I love her - unconditionally, wholeheartedly, as if she were a part of me. You are worthy of love and belonging Jordy, and you will always find is right here.
Thank you for allowing me to be the one to capture this day for you. I am so incredibly proud of you!
Now go out there and show the world the magic that you are ✨