Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Lily Ruth is an incredible big sister. She's loving and protective. She's inclusive and silly. Alec is the first person that she looks for in the morning, and (almost) the last kiss that she gives each night. It is fascinating to watch her watch him. It thrills me to see that most of her actions toward him are motivated by sheer love and her delight in sharing her world with him. It also completely tickles me to notice when she is motivated by a need to be SEEN when all (or most) of the attention in the room is focused on that baby.

It follows that I have very few pictures of Alec alone. When the camera comes out, she snuggles in close to make sure that she is included. Now to be fair, a lot of the time, the camera comes out specifically because the two of them are so precious together.

Since the day we brought him home, she has sung to him when he's crying and begged to play with him when he's not. I spend a good portion of each day reminding her to back away from his face and give him some space because she just NEEDS to be so very close to him. His face lights up when he sees her. He works to get her attention. They delight in making each other laugh.

Some of their best times are in the morning. Maybe it's because they met in the morning...

less than 2 hours after his birth
Whatever the reason, I'll take it. I'll take the bond, the sweetness, the smiles...
1 week
2 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks
OH that love!

What a blessing. Thank you Lord for the smiles! The smiles see me through the rest of it... except maybe the sleep deprivation. Nothing can see you through sleep deprivation except sleep, sleep and more sleep. If you happen to have any extra sleep, please send it right over. You can even send it C.O.D.