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14 Things That Happen When You're A Long-Distance Aunty

"Just tell them that I'll be home to visit soon. And that I miss them. Every day."

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1. Your life basically becomes a constant countdown to when you get to see your niece or nephew next.

2. And Snapchat becomes your most used app.

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"Hi. Where is my photo today? Need it ASAP."

3. When you do finally see them, your camera roll gets completely taken over.

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4. And you no longer make any plans with anyone else when visiting the place where they live.

"Sorry everyone, I'm only here for the kid."

5. Sometimes you need to remind yourself to also check in on your brother and sister, as well as their offspring.

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6. If a stranger looked at your phone they'd be forgiven for assuming that you were a parent.

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7. You latch on to anyone who shows interest in receiving constant child updates.

The people who are too polite to tell you to stop emailing them are the best.
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The people who are too polite to tell you to stop emailing them are the best.

8. You spend a fortune posting presents to them, while praying they haven't changed clothing size since you last saw them.

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9. And you constantly have to resist the urge to buy aunt-themed crap.

Though you might have given in to the urge a couple of times...

10. You keep a mental list of everything fun you and the child will do together in the future.

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Main objective: Make memories that will last a long, long time.

11. You get weirdly competitive with relatives who get to see your nephew or niece more than you.

You always feel guilty about it immediately after.
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You always feel guilty about it immediately after.

12. You've spent longer talking to a toddler on the phone than you'd probably like to admit.

"Your aunty loves you."
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"Your aunty loves you."

13. The first time you got to babysit was one of the best days of your life.

Because it's so rare that your sibling will need a sitter when you're in town visiting.
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Because it's so rare that your sibling will need a sitter when you're in town visiting.

14. And even though they might be a million miles away, you can't imagine your life without them in it.

I'm not crying. You're crying.
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I'm not crying. You're crying.