Thursday, November 12, 2009

Meeting Mary

I wanted to share some pictures of our big kids meeting Mary Lu.

You hear a lot about siblings having a hard time adjusting to a new baby in the house and to new demands on a mother's time. I feel really fortunate to be able to say that there were ZERO issues bringing Mary into our family. Really. I don't think Kaitlyn noticed that she was displaced as the "baby" of the family--she has been too enthralled with Mary.

The kids weren't able to meet Mary at the hospital (thanks to the swine flu paranoia) so they first saw her at our homecoming. They were THRILLED. Enchanted, really. Anna didn't leave Mary's side for days. It was beautiful.

Yes it's a bit overwhelming bringing home baby #5. There are four other little ones to care for, afterall. But it is positively precious to see your children rejoicing and instantly falling in love with their baby sister. New life brings something truly magical into our home and family. I'm amazed by it every time.

And we're doing well, positively blessed by the outpouring of support and meals and prayer from dear friends. (I need to go buy some thank you notes, because I have a ton to write.) I still feel like I'm trying to find my footing with this "new normal", but I'm treasuring these days. They are sweet.

More posts to come soon!


Kristen Borland said...

precious!!! what a blessing!

Mama Mote said...

So, what is Mary Lu praying about? Very sweet pictures, Brianna.

Kate said...

oh i love seeing your dear ones! thanks for sharing the pictures. glad youre doing well friend. god is good. mary is beautiful!

Joanie said...

Beautiful Pictures! Beautiful Baby! Beautiful kiddoes!

Oh, yummy delicioouus sweeet new baby. (My keyboard is not working, but the emphasis seems appropriate here!)

Love the expressions on eveerybody's face. Great post! Glad this is such a precious time. Amen!

I am Katy, said...

How sweet. I remember how enthralled I was when my brother was born. I see that same look in your children's eyes.

Cat and Mark said...

Congrats on everything! She is beautiful. :)

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Thankfulmom said...

Lovely, lovely. Your children look so sweet. We never experienced the sibling rivalry you hear so much about. Our children were always excited about the new baby.

Don't worry too much about thank you notes. My guess is that most of your friends would prefer that you rest.


Renee said...

Your children are so beautiful! You should have at least 10 more!

Our children have always been happy too with their new siblings. Nothing like Baby Love

Jeannett Gibson said...

so sweet. cant' get over how much the girls look alike at birth.

Brianna Heldt said...

Jeannett I KNOW! I'm hoping to post some pics of each of the girls as newborns to compare. I was really wondering if maybe this time around we'd have a kid that looks TOTALLY different...but no. :)


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