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My sister was born in July of 2006 and I turned 12 that August – and for most families that's a huge gap.

But in this day and age, families come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

So, if your brother or sister was born years after you first emerged on the planet, here are 8 truths you'll know to be true:

1. People will think you're the mother

And considering I still look about 12 and she's now 10-years-old, people get seriously confused.

You will mostly play along when people call you 'mam', but still get a little freaked out.

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2. Even nurses are mistaken

The first day I went to visit my sister in hospital, my mam popped out to the loo and I was holding Áine in my arms. The nurse then came by and STARED at me and said, "I've seen mothers young, but not that young."

Erm… OK? Check yo' facts, woman…

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3. You hear about your friends fighting with their siblings and wonder what the fuss is about

Because there's such a big gap, you probably moved out of home a few years after they were born, so you never clashed while growing up.

Don't get me wrong, I still argue with my sister, but stories of sibling rivalry really amuse me.

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4. They have it SO lucky

Your parents basically tested everything out on you and if they thought some activity was too dangerous to do, you weren't allowed do it.

But, at this stage everything has been tried and tested, and your parents realise that no, she won't die if she gets a pair of rollerskates.

(Yep, rollerskates were too dangerous for me so I had to RUN beside all the other kids skating down to school… thanks, mam.)

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5. If you were an only child beforehand, having a sibling (at first) was seriously weird

Who is this person who just came screaming into the family? How do I hol… oh crap, I just bashed her head against the wall.

You just weren't used to looking after another person…

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6. You're basically their cooler, younger parent

You worry about them non-stop, but are way more understanding (and chill) than your parents.

And if your sibling can't get around your mam or dad, you can bet they'll come to you next. And you, of course, will give in.

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7. You still hold their hand

Since you were old enough to remember them being born and you saw them growing up, you're fiercely protective.

And if you drop them off at school, you still give them a kiss goodbye even though it's SO not cool *death stares being sent your way from the school gates*

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8. But honestly, they'll always be your baby

You have a special bond with them that absolutely nobody else has.

And even though there's years between you, you just get each other and will always be there for each other.

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Demi Lovato has admitted that if her long-time boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, proposed to her she would say… Yes!

During an interview with ZM yesterday, Ms Lovato answered questions about the couple’s future together and about their somewhat controversial age difference.

“I am very, very in love with him,” the 22-year-old revealed. “I think we will probably wait a little bit longer, but if he asked tomorrow I would say yes,” the singer admitted.


My love… Always supporting me on set… At 4 am even if he has to get up to work at 8..

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Demi also addressed the big age gap between her and her boyfriend of four-and-a-half years, Mr Valderrama.

The Really Don’t Care singer explained how when they first started dating, “I was 18 and he was 30 so people were definitely judgmental and even my parents were kind of, ‘Why is someone his age wanting to date someone so young?’”

But, fast forward four years and their doubts seems to have faded away. Speaking about her 35-year-old That 70’s Show star boyfriend, Ms Lovato said that “after a while everyone around us started to see that what we have was real and incredible and very special, and we’ve been together ever since.”

 You heard it Wilmer! It may be nearly time to put a ring on it.