I’m an Aunt, once removed…huh?
My cousin just had a baby girl and we’re so happy for her!
So I decided to google what my official title is in relation to my cousin’s baby. According to my research, my first cousin’s baby is my first cousin, once removed. That sounds crazy to me. When I was a kid and heard someone was a relative once or twice removed, I always wondered what crime they had committed to be removed from the family. Turns out, once or twice removed refers to the generation between the relatives. Anyway, ain’t nobody got time for that. Thank God that in Nigerian culture everyone is “Auntie” and “Uncle”. I’ll take “Auntie Timi.” I’m going to call her and my other cousin’s baby my nieces, even though it’s not technically correct. We’ll clear it up when they’re older heheh.