Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Loving Two....


I walk along holding your 19-month-old hand, basking in the glow of our magical relationship. Suddenly I feel a kick from within, as if to remind me that our time alone is limited. And I wonder: how could I ever love another child as I love you?

Then she is born, and I watch you. I watch the pain you feel at having to share me as you've never shared me before.

I hear you telling me in your own way, "Please love only me." And I hear myself telling you in mine, "I can't," knowing, in fact, that I never can again.

You cry. I cry with you. I almost see our new baby as an intruder on the precious relationship we once shared. A relationship we can never quite have again.

But then, barely noticing, I find myself attached to that new being, and feeling almost guilty. I'm afraid to let you see me enjoying her—as though I am betraying you.

But then I notice your resentment change, first to curiosity, then to protectiveness, finally to genuine affection.

More days pass, and we are settling into a new routine. The memory of days with just the two of us is fading fast.

But something else is replacing those wonderful times we shared, just we two. There are new times – only now, we are three. I watch the love between you grow, the way you look at each other, touch each other.

I watch how she adores you — as I have for so long. I see how excited you are by each of her new accomplishments. And I begin to realize that I haven't taken something from you, I've given something to you. I notice that I am no longer afraid to share my love openly with both of you. I find that my love for each of you is as different as you are, but equally strong. And my question is finally answered, to my amazement. Yes, I can love another child as much as I love you—only differently.

And although I realize that you may have to share my time, I now know you'll never share my love. There's enough of that for both of you – you each have your own supply.

I love you—-both. And I thank you both for blessing my life. —Author Unknown

Stay tunes...

More pictures coming soon...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

1 year....and a thank you!

No, Thomas is obviously not a year old, but it has been exactly one year since we started Thomas on an official routine! And it has been the best thing ever. We have Heather to thank for introducing us to the sleep lady. Even though our lives are more or less dictated by Thomas' naps and bedtime, I wouldn't have it any other way to have the happy go lucky boy. So thanks again Heather for introducing us to Kim West and let's keep our fingers crossed that it works for Clare as well.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Me at 18 months!

Can you believe that I am 18m old already? Mommy and Daddy of course took me to get my pictures taken as well as to see Dr. Rezabek where I had to get 2 shots! Dr.Rezabek is so proud of me! I am 32 pounds 10 ounces and 35 inches tall!

Me and my favorite book!

Aren't I handsome?

Play ball!

Hope you enjoy all my pictures!!

Me and Mommy...and my baby.....

I'm ready for the pool!

Peek a Boo!!

I see you!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Only 46 days until my sister arrives!

Check out Clare's blog for more details.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July 4th, 2007

It's not just a day for BBQ, fireworks and swimming.

Today we remember names like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin. We honor their courage and we honor their vision on the 4th of July. We're thankful that this nation they created 231 years ago remains free and independent and the best hope for all mankind. We ask for God's blessings on the military both at home and over seas as well as their safety today. The day we celebrate our freedom, we thank them for guaranteeing the freedom of the United States.