there's certainly something special about close family. it doesn't matter if they're across the continent. crawling, walking, talking, winking, gesturing - everything is something special. and selfishly more important than the child of a colleague or close friend. (maybe that's wrong.)
I guess I feel more invested. not that I send them lots of money, but my emotions are invested in them. it's like an old money relationship. I've invested my time and thoughts in the parents, and now that they've procreated, this little nephew or niece gets the extension of that attention. right?
either way- this chick's got nice eyes and I can't help but take lots of pics.