And Then There Were Three

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Things are different. The way that we wake up in the morning, the way that we read our stories, the way that we stack our blocks.

Mom doesn't make pancakes everyday, like she used to. Charlie has to walk down the stairs like a big boy. And big sister Eleanore has to put down her favorite storybook, sometimes at the very best part- to be the big helper that Mommy and Daddy so desperately need.



First it was Eleanore.

Then Eleanore and Charlie.

And now- Eleanore, Charlie, and Evelyn.



The entire summer was spent wondering what life would be like after our new baby was born. What would she look like, how would her cry sound, and most of all- how would her brother and sister adjust?

The answers are slowly starting to develop.
Every day we learn something new.

She has strawberry blond hair, dark blue eyes, and her cries are heard so little that when they do sing out- we can't help but smile.

And as for how the older siblings are adjusting, well...



Its a struggle.
The struggle is out of love, we know, but still- its a struggle.

They fight for Mommy and Daddy's attention, "just 5 more minutes in the spotlight, please!" they beg.

The struggles are streaked with curiosity about this little baby that doesn't yet know how to play Ring Around The Rosies.

Or talk.

Or blow kisses.



The middle child is taking the hardest hit of them all, having gone from being the baby, to... the big brother.

The sadness in his screams of jealousy are enough to break a Mama's heart.

But at the same time, when the first words out of his mouth in the morning are "Evelyn June", how could we have ever doubted that this was the right thing to do?



Daddy has two hands.
And he'll always have time to pick up and put back binkys.



While Eleanore is loving all of her "special big helper" responsibilities- brushing Evelyn's hair, helping put on her socks, watching her closely while Mommy gets up to get a glass of water...

Charlie is missing the days of snuggling in Mommy's empty lap, and sitting on Mommy's hip while going from place to place.

It'll get better, baby, I promise.
My hip is still here for you.
You just have to share it with your little sister
.



Between the adjustments and the acting out-

We see the love so clearly.



And this is how it was meant to be.



A great big thank you to our friend Whitney , for making our family these adorable matching shirts.

21 comments:

Chelsey - The Paper Mama August 31, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

Why do you always make me tear up? In a good way. :)

Maggie August 31, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

I'll bet Charlie is going to be Evelyn's hero as they grow up.

lollywood August 31, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

what a sweet last photo! and soon enough all three will be playing together all day long :)

soul_searching_mama August 31, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

I love all the photos!! So adorable. You have beautiful children. And the love is very clearly there in the photos between the three of them. :)

Leah August 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

This was so sweet... and real... and raw. You have a beautiful family and amazing photography and writing to make each reader feel like we are right there in your livingroom.

Ashley August 31, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

um yeah...tear? adorable...absolutely priceless..and the outsides are too cute!!

They call me mommy... August 31, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

Such a beautiful post and I ADORE all of the wonderful pictures (: I'm sure things will get easier as time goes on. Glad you have a little helper on your hands, thats always nice. Super cute shirts by the way!

Johanna August 31, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

I have tears streaming down my cheeks from looking at the stunning photos of your beautiful little ones Tia.
I'm so glad that you guys are still remembering to get out your camera and take photos of all of this....it goes by so quick.
xox

undomestic chica September 1, 2010 at 12:14 AM  

Those photos are adorable....and so are their shirts.

Mommy Elephant Sarah September 1, 2010 at 3:31 AM  

I love that picture of Charlie by himself with his toes curled. :)

BlushingNoir September 1, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

I love this.

We're so back and forth about a third. Some days the kids are awesome and it's YES let's do it... other days are straight out of the bowels of hell and it's like NO we're nuts.

Definately no final decisions until the construction on our house is done...

My mom keeps telling me you only have 2 hands, so 2 kids is perfect.... but is three really that different?? Help? lol

CourtneyKeb September 1, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

The best gift you can give your babies are little brothers and sisters!

emily September 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM  

This makes me want more rightnow!

AlyGatr September 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

Those are super cute shirts! It's still early and everyone is still getting used to one more person on the mix. I'm sure it will just keep getting better. Even though we have only two, I find the whole love/not so lovey feelings kind of come in cycles. I definitely see as they get older they are learning to appreciate each other more, even if it means sharing Mom and Dad's attentions.

Anika September 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

So sweet...they make it all very worth it.

Memoirs of a Mental Mind September 1, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

You gave me tears...yet again...no surprise there;) haha...love the matching shirts! Toooo cute!! :)

BeckyKay September 1, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

That last picture is just priceless!! You should have it enlarged to hang on your wall!

NessaGurl September 1, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

beautifully put tia. Being a (was) middle child, I know absolutely how Charlie feels... and he'll adjust. It takes time... but he'll be fine. He will always be special in that he will always be your little man.

The pics are precious, as are your children's smiles.

Keep up the good work mama.

NessaGurl September 1, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

beautifully put tia. Being a (was) middle child, I know absolutely how Charlie feels... and he'll adjust. It takes time... but he'll be fine. He will always be special in that he will always be your little man.

The pics are precious, as are your children's smiles.

Keep up the good work mama.

Nen September 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

love the shirts... and that pic of charlie sitting on that red/black blanket! such a pouty--but sweet face!
i love that eleanore is being the "big helper"... so cute!

Bombdigity September 1, 2010 at 8:27 PM  

aaahhh Tia, you have such a way with your posts =o)

love the quilt btw!

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