World's New Favorite Uncle Wears Suit To Meet Newborn Niece

by Meredith Bland
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Grant Kessler wore a full suit and tie, including a tie clip, to the hospital

Yesterday, Grant and Iris Kessler’s older sister, Olivia, gave birth to a baby girl. Iris, 16, and Grant, 18, became an Aunt and an Uncle for the first time. Seeing one’s sibling become a parent is a special occasion, so Grant decided to show this baby the respect she deserves on her first day on earth. And he did it in style.

Iris posted a picture of her brother in a full suit and tie, awaiting the birth of his niece at the hospital. She wrote that he said he was wearing the suit because “First impressions matter.” Be still our beating hearts.

Yes, Grant Kessler, Uncle Extraordinaire, showed up to meet a newborn looking on point: from the hair, to the cool nerd glasses, to the suit and black skinny tie, this man knows how to dress for a baby. It didn’t take long for the internet to notice Iris’s post and, appropriately, go nuts for her brother.

The tweet has gone viral in a big way — it has now been favorited 209,000 times and retweeted 67,000 times. And why is that? Because this is the sweetest goddamn thing in the world, that’s why. Stop asking silly questions.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Iris said this was a “totally classic” move by her brother. “He’s always the type to show up to things dressed up, or bring a cake for no reason.” We really, really like this kid.

As for how Grant is handling his newfound internet fame, Iris said, “I can tell he’s kind of freaking out inside. It’s pretty adorable.” Grant’s message to his followers was a humble apology for all the mentions:

Now, if you’re a cynical, heartless creep, you can say that Grant’s dressing up didn’t matter because this was just a baby he was meeting, and babies don’t know anything. But — based on the tweet’s incredible popularity — we’d say it obviously does matter. It’s a gesture of love and unnecessary respect, two things we could all use a lot more of nowadays.

Besides, he does seem to have made an impression on little Carter Kessler, who attempted to give her uncle her first high-five upon meeting him.

Meanwhile, I met my first baby half-naked and strapped to a table and when I saw the second one I vomited. Maybe babies are way judgier than I thought. Grant could be onto something, here.

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