Els was a surprise. Jamie and Tiff were not at all trying to have a child and my brother didn't know the first thing about babies OR girls...so a baby girl was like WAY more than anyone could comprehend. But, I'm a firm believer that "everything happens for a reason," and I know there was a reason little baby Ella was created. She has been the brightest light in our family since, well, me (HAHA totally kidding!) Even my dad has said, "I feel different about her. I don't know what it is, but there's a different kind of love I feel for her." I feel the same way and I know Jamie and Tiff do as well. She makes all of us happy, she's certainly brought our family together more than she will ever know, and her mom Tiffany is such a fantastic person, I know Ella brought Tiff into our family for a reason as well (if only to be my partner in crime.) I've always had so much respect for my brother, genuinely proud to be "Jamie's little sister." He's always been a great role model for me and I've always looked up to him. Now, watching him with Ella almost always brings a tear to my eye. Every time Jamie enters the room, Ella instantly smiles and reaches for him. Fatherhood suits him, which I think surprises him more than anyone else.
Before you start rolling your eyes at me, I am perfectly aware that Ella isn't the Second Coming and wasn't brought here to end wars and create World Peace, but she has definitely brought Dupler Peace to my world and that's all I can ask for. With that said, feel free to check back when she starts her Terrible Two's and, although my love for her will never fade, I may have some other, um, less pleasant words to share...heh