Welcome to the World, Richard Xu Mei Tolsky!

Sorry, no baby photos, but hey, here’s how I’m feeling right now.

It warms my childless auntie heart to announce the birth of my new nephew, Richard Xu Mei Tolsky, who came into this world on September 28th in… wait for it… China! Dalian, China to be exact, where my brother moved to teach English and then promptly met the love of his life, got married, and got busy. And I thought having a niece in Chicago was hard.

Mom and baby are doing great, and after a good phone call with my brother, I think it’s safe to say this is the happiest he’s ever been. There is, of course, one problem, which is that he doesn’t want any pictures of his baby on Facebook (the horror!) which is making it especially hard on some of the extended family members who want to kvell over the new addition (I’m looking at you, Bubbe).

I’d also like to point out that I’ve never known the power of naming a baby after a deceased relative until my brother said his name was Richard, the name of our incredible grandfather who passed away last year. I’m so happy to have another Richard in my life, especially one with such a kickass middle initial.

OK, must start looking at airfare to China…

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Molly TolskyMolly Tolsky is the editor of She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt. Follow her @mollytolsky.

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