Not sure if I ever explained this, but it happened over the summer.
My sister & brother-in-law had originally adopted a baby on incredibly quick & short notice back in July. It happened so fast, the legal work was still in the process when the mother gave her newly-born child over to my sister. The mom, a young single girl who was living with her mom & four siblings, didn't think she was fit to be a parent: the baby's father was in jail and her own father was out of the picture; her mom could barely afford her siblings, let alone a grandchild.
Long story short, my sister & brother-in-law were chosen and given the baby over one weekend. It was all very sudden, but still exciting. They had been anxiously anticipating this moment for years, waiting for someone who was unable to care for their child to allow them to be loving parents.
Well, after a week, the girl changed her mind -- due to pressure from her own family -- and took the child back from my sister (who had obviously grown attached and was not prepared to let go of him like that), saying she was going to attend a camp that would "teach [her] how to be a mother." What a joke... but I digress.
Over Thanksgiving, my sister called to tell me two new parents (both 16 & 17) chose my sister and bro-in-law to adopt their child come spring. These kids have their shit together: they know they're far too young and unable to care/raise a child, and my sister is. Hell, she has a nursery and all the equipment ... she just needs a baby.
The point of all this is, I'm going to be an uncle for real come April. While legally it's not official (you can't sign the papers for that until after the birth), it's still cool knowing that this one is for keeps. The parents have come to terms with the reality, and my sister got to hear the baby's heartbeat this afternoon. Sort of cements it all into place.
2009 will be a good year. I will hopefully be pretty much done with getting my degree and I get to be an uncle. Who knows what else it could bring? I think Sarah and I will go through a whole new, wonderful year, too.
Felt like sharing all this, because seeing that I'm alone tonight without much to do... it really puts things into perspective for what's to come.