Welcoming a new baby in the family
As a mother of twins, I often get to experience things only once, or twice in a short period of time. I find myself lucky to have two children without having undergone the toughest stages of early parenthood more than once. I’m sure it has saved me from getting a few extra grey hairs, and I’m also sad I never got to go through the fun parts all over again. The decision of not welcoming a new baby in the family was mutual. Yet, I would have loved to hold and care for another one of my own, to relive the best moments, to see my baby discover the world and learn all about life one more time…
And I would most likely do a few things differently! On many aspects, being a parent often looks easier the second time around. Several people say they are more relaxed because of the experience acquired with their first baby. But of course it all depends on each child’s personality!
I also wonder how my older children would react to a new sibling. Would they easily adapt to the changes? Would they be caring, nurturing, indifferent, or jealous?
Thomas and his sisters
Thomas was born 6 days before I met him. I have a feeling his parents had prepared his sisters to the joys and challenges of welcoming a new baby in the family. The girls were 5 and 7 and looked like they had already started to adapt to their new life. They were curious about him, they wanted to hold him and they were happy to help with various chores. During our time together, I saw them assist with changing him, feeding and giving him a bath. They both loved to hold, kiss and sing to him. I was only there for a short amount of time, but I’m sure they are great sisters and that Thomas and his parents feel lucky to have them around!
I will not experience the joys of parenting a newborn again, but I have many great memories to hold onto and numerous photos that can take me back to those moments. Every time I photograph my clients’ story, I feel lucky to witness unique moments of interaction between a newborn child and his or her family. I also know even though this might be their last child, they will remember and cherish those times forever when they flip through the pages of the photo album we designed together.
Are you a little worried about how your older child or children will react to the arrival of your newborn? Here is a useful article with a few tips to get them prepared. And you know you can contact me to make sure you remember all about the arrival of your newborn in the family!
I'm Marie-Pierre, an easygoing mother of two and a documentary family photographer. I believe we can all learn and grow from other people's experiences. Real life stories help us relate to each other, open our minds and feel better about ourselves.
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