3.04.2013

Family Threads vol. 2: Preparing for the family shift

Veronica // Dress and Shoes: Old Navy, Sweater: Baby Gap (consignment), Headband: made by me
Gabriel //Pants: Old Navy, Shirt: Childrens Place, Jacket: Baby Gap (similar), Shoes: Converse
Anna // Shirt: c/o Wendybox, Pants: Gap, Scarf: Deloom, Tote: c/o George Gina & Lucy, Lip color: Revlon

I think Veronica senses a baby coming.
She has been a mama's girl lately. She just wants me to hold her more often, and gets an extra dimpled toothy grin whenever I devote undivided attention to her. She has become miss independent...so confident and proud whenever she tries something new. She wants to do everything her brother does and they are best buds. My heart is starting to ache a little more when I hold her and watch her grow.
I feel the time shifting, and I know I have to get ready to let go of the fact that she won't be the baby much longer...

I went through this with Gabriel before she arrived. A short period of sadness knowing he would be my baby only for a few more months and that his little world would change. I cried many tears, mourned a little, and squeezed him extra tight. I remember vividly the strong emotion of saying goodbye as I dropped him off at my sisters before heading to the hospital to have his little sister...I felt the change of my first born son stepping into a new time in this all to fleeting life. 

It is harder on me than it is for them, but what sweetens it all is seeing them now together.....how they greet each other in the morning with lots of kisses and hugs.....how Gabriel is makes sure Veronica has everything she needs and reassuring me he is "protecting his little sister".... seeing Veronica pat his head and babble like Gabriel is her dear friend....he will attend her tea parties....she will play with his train station....and watching their daily dance parties go down in the family room. I see their lifetime of friendship unfolding and I am thankful.

As I get ready to bring a whole new life into our family, I accept the sadness as a side effect of my deep love for my sweet baby girl, and know that soon I will have reason to wonder how we ever did without this new one.






40 comments:

  1. So sweet!!! I adore the last photo of you and Veronica. That will be a treasure...

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  2. this is beautiful. love your heart.

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  3. This is incredible! You are a beautiful mama and your kiddos are just too cute...

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  4. You have such a beautiful family and I cant wait to see the blessings the family of 5 will bring to the world!

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  5. I kinda know what your feeling! It's the weirdest thing that I honestly feel like I would be "cheating" on my son if we ever had another baby. I love him so much and wouldn't know how I could love another equally. I know it's possible but I can't imagine it right now. Ha :You are so adorable and so tiny!! :) xo

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  6. Oh, this brought on the tears. Transition is a difficult thing and I know I will feel as you do when we are blessed with another Little One. It's amazing how everyone, including the kiddos, sense it and adapt; with so much love. Great pictures of all of you - I love the brights on everyone, it makes me long for Spring! xo

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  7. This is such a sweet post, Anna. I never thought of how complex the emotions would be surrounding welcoming a new little member into your family. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  8. This is so lovely! You're a beautiful mom. You're so blessed that your children get along so nicely, their interactions sound so precious!

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  9. Lady you are still not showing, how are you doing this? You look incredible, honestly you really do.

    I love that you are focusing on the transition, you can see all of the thought and care you have put into it. What an amazing mother you are.

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  10. Love your style! That scarf is amazing and what a beautiful family.

    Nicole
    http://www.momtrends.com/2013/03/key-fashion-looks-for-spring/

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  11. I can't handle the cuteness of your family! Love it all and you are positively glowing! Happy Monday love!!

    xoxo
    Mandy aka Waiting On Martha

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  12. Funny, for all 5 of my kids, I never felt sad that the current baby would be getting "replaced". I always thought about the gift I was giving them - the gift of a sibling. Now, I definitely shed a few tears while pregnant because I would wonder how I was going to handle everything! But in the end it all turn out better than planned :) You all look adorable, as always!

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  13. awww this is such a sweet post anna!! i am sure i will feel the same whenever we are ready to start trying to have another baby~! so sweet that they are friends tho!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  14. beautiful pictures. they make me smile!

    your kids are beautiful.

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  15. You have the sweetest heart and so do your children. I love your family posts and always like to hear about how sweet they are to each other.

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  16. Your family is precious beyond words!!!
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  17. What a sweet little post! I only have one for now, but I'll hug her a little tighter today remember that she won't be littler (or alone) forever. Thank you for sharing, congratulations again on your new addition!


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  18. these pictures are so precious and sentimental. It's such a joy to watch you be a mama. Can't wait to see how this new addition sweetens your family even more!

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  19. I love hearing your beautiful words. You are so blessed Anna and I am certain everything will fall into place perfectly ;)

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  20. I think you are so normal! I don't know if you have experienced this before, but I actually will have days where I just really really "miss" my oldest (who is only 4) and just need some time with her alone. I think the twins consume so much of my attention that maybe it's just my hearts way of reminding me to nurture that love for her as well. I don't know. It's weird how our hearts grow and are able to love so much, but yet we still have moments of nostalgia for a previous stage of life.

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  21. I love your cute pregnant belly. Such an adorable family you've got there!

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  22. Adorable pictures. You look beautiful!

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  23. This post is so incredibly sweet!! You look gorgeous and I hope you enjoy every little moment with them!

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  24. Aw, what a sweet post. You have a beautiful family!

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  25. Such a sweet post! Love those photos! You have such a beautiful family!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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  26. Not nice of you to make your cuz sit here and weep...all 7 months pregnant. :( Ughhh..why oh why can't our babies keep?

    Sweet post!

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  27. Lovely pictures and great post..

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  28. Everything about this post completely melts my heart! What an exciting time for you and your family :)

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  29. Very sweet. Your family is so incredibly cute! I can only imagine the comfort and love you feel seeing your two little ones so closely bonded. I'm sure that baby #3 will share that bond with them also. :)

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  30. Beautiful photos. Absolutely stunning.

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  31. this was so so beautiful to read.

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  32. Despite all your bittersweet feelings, I am sure your kids wouldn't want you to worry about anything, but just fast forward their little sibling to life, so they can play as a trio :) Let me tell you how sweet this photo session is. Your kids are both at the cutest phase and you look just radiant. I especially love the bond between them, it must make you happy and proud to the sky :)

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  33. I love that third picture of Dad (I'm guessing!) with your little girl!
    Priceless

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  34. Reading your words propelled me back to last summer and made me all tear up. Now my girl is 7 months old and her "big" brother is telling her stories until she falls asleep... :)

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  35. Reading your words propelled me back to last summer and made me all tear up. Now my girl is 7 months old and her "big" brother is telling her stories until she falls asleep... :)

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  36. I can see your love for your babies shining through each picture... lovely! And... the mint sweater with that fun scarf is so pretty!!

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  37. Awe so sweet, you made me teary! I can't help but think about my baby and how I already feel like this at 6 months! Oh the joys of motherhood! xx

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Love hearing from each of you. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! <3

 
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