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Alright, perhaps “Happily Ever After” might be a bit heavy handed considering we are only four months into this family of four thing – but already I know that welcoming our second baby was a positive step for our family and worth all the planning, worry and adjustment.  There were a few moments along the way where I thought to myself, “Oh no, what have we done?” – but those panicked moments have faded.  Now I look at my children and I’m flooded with the feeling that this is the exact way our family is supposed to be.  

When we were struggling (during the harder parts of the pregnancy, during those first few months after she arrived, and heck, even during labor) I would think of all the hopes I had for welcoming this new baby and they would keep me going.  Now that she's here and I'm getting to experience some of the things I was looking forward to it's just amazing.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Siblings Sleeping Together - obviously they don't sleep together unattended, but when I'm putting them down for nap or bedtime they will often doze off with their heads together and they look like angels.
  • Big Brother Making Baby Sister Laugh - now that the baby is laughing, her big brother can't get enough of it and puts on a performance to keep the giggles coming.  He's finally found someone who fully appreciates his silliness.
  • Siblings Playing Together - this one is just beginning and it's already one of my greatest joys.  We have one lucky baby because her big brother is doing his best to incorporate her into his play despite her limited abilities at this point.  He will bring her toys and show her how to play with them or he will ask her opinion on which direction to take his own imaginative play (and insist he knows what her answer is), or even just sit and turn the pages of book with her.  I love it and can't wait to see it evolve over the years.

The days can still be challenging and at this point I don't have a lot of down time - but I'm trying my best to take each of these moments as a gift and soak them in. 

What are you looking forward to (or grateful for if you've already welcomed your baby)?

by on Oct. 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I loved to hear them play together when they were little.  Chatting and laughing and giggling.

by Member on Nov. 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

They were happy and still are!

by ~*Stefanie*~ on Nov. 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Everyone gets along together for the most part.  They love each other and will fight anyone who messes with any of their siblings.

by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM
I'm grateful that my boys get along so well
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by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I loved the way all of mine protected each other. They might fight amongst themselves, but no one else had better not mess with them!

by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I am grateful for two healthy kids! :D

by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I am looking forward to TTC for our 2nd child ! We are not there yet, but we will be one day. DS is already 3 so I am hoping its soon.

by on Nov. 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I love seeing my kids playing together and helping each other out.  My first two are 4 and 5 years older then my third and to see them help him and protect him is pretty cool. 

by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I looked forward to our family bonding time, all the cute faces they made and the attempts to crawl and walk. =)

by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Quoting 4kidz916:

My kids are older now but I'm grateful that they get along together and I loved all the laughter when they were smaller. 

Same here

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