My Baby Brother is All Grown Up!


My little brother T holding Chester

Sometimes I can’t believe, or maybe it’s just that I don’t want to believe, how quickly time has flown by.  Today was my younger brother’s 21st birthday, which is a landmark for any American 😉

I chose the picture above because it is a great depiction of his personality.  He always seems to be trying to make someone laugh.  At times he gets  a little hyper, like I do.  We have the same accent, which for some reason my sister doesn’t have.  We look more alike than my sister and I.  We are closer in age too.  He was always so much shorter than I was and was always just my little brother.  Now he’s so much taller than me!

My brother, me, and my sister (front row), Stepmom, Dad, and stepsister (back row). 2007, Harlaxton, England
My brother, me, and my sister (front row), Stepmom, Dad, and stepsister (back row). 2007, Harlaxton, England

Although this is a terrible picture of me when I had braces and was still an awkward teenager, it’s a great pic to illustrate just how much smaller he was than me.  It was in 2007, which doesn’t seem all that long ago.  We went to Harlaxton, England, which is a couple of hours north of London by train.  That was an awesome trip 🙂

 He’ll be a sophomore in college this year, which is even weirder because I can remember like it was just yesterday waiting for the bus in the freezing cold with my little brother.  I’ll never forget the time when I was pretending to punch him in the nose on the bus and then I accidentally did hit his nose.  It started bleeding.  He went to the front of the bus and got paper towels.  He didn’t rat me out 🙂  Another time, we were at a baseball game and he and his little friend were throwing pebbles at me and I was getting so annoyed.  I kid you not, I picked up a single rock, threw it, and it hit my brother square on the forehead.  It must have hit a large blood vessel because blood started running down his face profusely.  I was crying and ran to get napkins from the concession stand.  While I was helping him hold the napkins on his forehead to keep the bleeding down, I walked him over to the first aid station where he got a band aid for the wound.  Again, he did not tell on me.

My brother and I had such a different relationship than my sister and I.  My sister and I were and are best friends and she was always the one I looked up to.  I always felt a need to protect my little brother.  I remember defending him on the school bus whenever someone teased him about his height.  I remember waking up in the middle of the night, crying because I had a dream that someone had hurt my brother.

As we’ve both grown older, I haven’t seen much of him in the past few years.  We’ve both been busy with school and growing up in general, but he’ll always hold a special place in my heart.  I’ll always feel a need to protect him and spoil him.   Honestly, he doesn’t know anything about me having OCD.  Besides when I’m blogging, I only talk about my personal issues with my mother, sister, and my boyfriend.  It’s rare when I share it with anyone else.  It doesn’t mean that we’re close.  It’s just a different relationship.

I hope you have a great birthday baby brother.  Don’t grow up too fast 🙂

Thanks for reading everyone.




47 thoughts on “My Baby Brother is All Grown Up!

    1. It’s great to have brothers and I’m also grateful to have an older sister to look after me 🙂 I love this picture. Chester looks like another creature, like something off of Star Wars or Gremlins.

  1. Awww, a lovely photo! What a lovely relationship you and your brother have :).
    I also have a little brother, who is way taller than me and is 23! I was fiercely protective over him too when he was small and looked out for him. Now its the other way around – he’s got my back and is the protective one! Funny how things evolve eh?
    F x

      1. I’ve only lived nearby for 25 years and never been up to the manor despite having driven past countless times! Crazy! I really should take some time to visit it x

  2. Beautiful post. Made my eyes leak, thinking about my brother and sisters. They were tears of happiness. Thanks for the little trip you inspired me to take down my memory lane.

  3. I’m appreciating how everything changes and enjoying it. There are so many times you ignore a moment, a person or a place thinking you’ll go back or you’ll make time later, but you don’t. As to growing up fast – newborn to baby to boy. Looking backwards you wished you’d savoured more of the moments with your children but you miss so many because you were so dog-gone tired!

    Mr Simple

  4. haha, he’s a junior in college this year, time really did fly didn’t it lol. He looked so young, you all did, in that photo but it is a very good photo of a happy family…no, that’s me, her mother, that is her step mom and a very fine lady who has done a great job helping to raise those 3 little guys.

  5. What a great story. I love hearing about your family. Makes me wish I was not an only child. It is good that you are so close to your family. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 I like to share them with everyone. I do love that picture of Chester and my brother 😉 Chester looks like a creature off of star wars or something.

    1. Hello Chris 🙂

      I’m so happy to hear from you again. I visited you at the cafe and it was nice to see you again 🙂 I think it’s a great idea.


      1. Hello Megan,
        I’m happy to hear from you again, too 🙂 And glad you like my idea 😉
        Have a great day & I hope your VW will get well soon 🙂

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