Reber, who turned aunt for the first time, practiced for months in advance to prepare for handling a child.
Children are called a 'bundle of joy' for a reason, and it's no secret that everyone in the family wants to take turns holding them. However, handling an infant requires a lot of caution and care. So when Grace Reber became an aunt for the first time, she had to overcome a specific hurdle before getting to hold her niece. Reber has Down syndrome, which means certain things might not be normal for her while being around a kid as she is not used to holding or handling them like other adults of her age.
Reber–who goes by @graceplaceart on TikTok–shared a video where she can be seen meeting her niece for the first time and the moment is absolutely wholesome. The video was titled, "Grace is already the best aunt." We believe she definitely is because of how tenderly she interacts with the baby in the video. "Grace gets scared of the kids as the loud noises and the unpredictability can be stressful for her," the overlay text in the video reads.
"When we got the news that Grace would be an aunt soon, we started prepping her with baby dolls so she could learn how to hold a baby and manage her fear around them. This was the first time since all the practice that Grace got to meet and hold her new niece," the text overlay continued. "We are so proud of her for working through her emotions and holding her even though she was scared. Grace is going to be the best aunt and we are going to witness this beautiful journey." At the end of the video, the newborn baby was carefully taken from Reber's lap as she continued to observe the little bundle of joy.
According to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, individuals with Down syndrome often have trouble controlling their impulses. They also face troubles while communicating with others, can't express themselves fully and have issues managing their frustrations. However, many people with Down syndrome are known to be social and affectionate as well, even though they might not know how to play efficiently with their peers. There weren't many comments on the video except for people gushing over the wholesome moment between Reber and her niece, but it is sure to touch the heartstrings of everyone who will be coming across this video.
Similarly, there is yet another sister who documents her brother being the world's best uncle to her kids. Even though Erin Johnson's brother Matt has Down syndrome, taking on the role of a responsible caretaker for his sister's kid is pretty normal for him. In a conversation with Good Morning America, Erin opened up about living with a brother who has Down syndrome and raising kids at the same time. Erin, who has an Instagram page called @erinadvocates dedicated to documenting her daily life with Matt and her kids, always uploads the wholesome moments her kids share with their beloved Uncle Matt.
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"I let my brother care for my baby since she was a newborn to now. To see him so soft, so gentle so warm and affectionate toward the kids just kind of caught all of us by surprise," Erin told the outlet. Erin was pleasantly surprised to see the nurturing and caring side of her brother come out when he had the chance to look after the babies. "I always knew that he was hugely empathetic, but seeing the way he reads the kids so well. And he is just so in tune with his own emotions and understands that maybe kids can't communicate their needs and frustrations as much. He is familiar with what that feels like," Erin continued. "So he empathizes with them to a really strong level."