Being Brickner : Waverly & Avalon Meet

Friday, June 19, 2015

Waverly & Avalon Meet

I wrote down Avalon's birth story the day after we got home from the hospital & plan to share it soon, it was such a crazy, special (couple of) days that ended in one of the best gifts I have ever been given. :)  In the meantime, I am so excited to share pictures of the girls meeting for the first time!  These images are so special to me & some of my favorite ever, I am so thankful for my friend, Brooke, who captured them! 

We decided a couple months before my due date to keep Waverly away from the hospital until I had a couple hours to recover & bond with Avalon, which is something I am glad we did & would do again, but it was definitely hard on all of us.  We were gone for a long time, by far the longest that we had been away from each other, & Waverly is such a creature of habit that it really threw her for a loop.  We called her throughout the labor but of course things got hazy (especially for me), one of the last times I remember talking to her before Avalon was born she was crying & begging me to come home.  It killed me.  Yet reuniting with her & getting to introduce her to her little sister made it all worth it, even if she still asks me every night to "never leave her again". ;)

My mother-in-law brought Waverly to the hospital to meet us, she said that Waverly was so excited the entire drive there & kept saying "that's where my family is" as they pulled into the parking lot.  My husband & I walked to meet her in the lobby, without Avalon, so we could have a few minutes with just her.  Waverly really was as ecstatic as I have seen her.  We told her that her sister was waiting to meet her & she could hardly contain herself, talking a mile a minute, showing us the gift that she got for her, & proudly rocking her big sister sticker that the nurses gave to her.


I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy thinking about the moment that my girls would meet for the first time, so much so that I feel like it could have gone either way (good or bad) by the time it actually happened.  When it came down to it though, it was way better than I ever could have imagined.  Waverly was the sweetest, most excited big sister, she was so curious about every little part of Avalon & wanted nothing more than to hold her the second she walked in the door.  She kept saying, "she was in mommy's belly & now she is here with me", & couldn't smother her with enough kisses.  We are still working on the whole "be gentle" idea, but all in all, I am so proud of her & LOVE the fact that these girls have each other for life.  I can't wait to watch their relationship grow over the months & years to come! :)

Waverly's Romper, Waverly's Headband, Avalon's Blanket & Hat
*All images by my sweet friend, Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography.  Check out her website if you are in the Hampton Roads area, you will not be disappointed! :)

Wishing you all a happy weekend with those you love!
XO

34 comments:

  1. Awww, this is so sweet. Waverly looks so in awe and intrigued by her baby sisters, such sweet pictures. I can only imagine how much she felt off with the big change that was mom and daddy being gone. Glad it all worked out though!

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  2. These are so sweet! What a great idea to have a friend capture all this so you could all be in the pictures! I also love that the girls are wearing matching polka dots!

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  3. These pictures are amazing! You can see all the love! "This is where my family is"... Well that made me teary! And Adter Finn was born Liam kept saying "don't leave without me!" frequently. Even if we just left the room. It was so sad. He says it occasionally still, but seems to have forgotten the trauma that was leaving him when Finn was born.

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  4. Oh my gosh. My heart is literally melting!!!! These photos are SO incredibly sweet! You can tell how much Waverly loves Avalon already!!!

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  5. Ok. That last picture. Dying. That is the absolute sweetest thing I have ever seen.

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  6. These photos are so sweet, such a special moment to capture. You can tell the love Waverly has for Avalon in these pictures!

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  7. This is the absolute sweetest! Congratulations!

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  8. Aww, so adorable! Congratulations!!

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  9. These are the sweetest!!! I cannot wait for my kiddos to meet! I LOVE that you captured it all on photo! Your girls are beautiful!!!

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  10. These pictures are to die for!! Such a sweet moment! And I love the coordinating headband, hat, and blanket!

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  11. Melt my heart!! This is just the sweetest EVER! I love how much Waverly loves baby sister! This makes me really excited and anxious to see what Mia's reaction will be!

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  12. ADORABLE photos! Love that last one of Waverly cuddling her new baby sister! So incredibly sweet!

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  13. So sweet! Waverly looks so proud and excited. I am impressed that you were up and walking around so well after the birth.

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  14. I have tears in my eyes. This is just the sweetest sister introduction. The photos do such a fabulous job of capturing all the emotions.

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  15. So so sweet!! These pictures are so beautiful and have me tearing up over here..!! Definitely one of the best, most special parts about having baby #2. Congratulations again, I'm glad this moment was so perfect, I know it can be a little nerve-wracking when you really don't know what to expect. Such a beautiful family!! :)

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  16. These pictures are so sweet! Definitely frame worthy! Great job documenting it all!

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  17. beautiful! those pictures are stunning!

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  18. These are so adorable! Brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful congrats! How far apart are they in age?

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  19. These photos are the sweetest :) Waverly looks like she's adjusting to 'big sister' very well!! :) so happy for you guys!

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  20. Omg I am 15 weeks pregnant and this made me cry so much lol!!!! congrats!!!

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  21. Goodness these are precious!!! Congratulations!

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  22. The glow in Waverly's eyes when she's looking at Avalon...I mean, I just can't!!! These pictures are SO special!!!

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  23. Nothing sweeter. :) This gets me so excited to see Grey with her baby siblings! :)

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  24. This is so sweet! Thanks for sharing this special moment :) I love that they are matching!!

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  25. This is so sweet! My favorite picture is the first one! You can just see the anticipation in waverlys face!! We have the same headband (love sugarplumlane!)

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  26. Oh my goodness! Seriously, you have yourself the SWEETEST big sister ever. I swear. She is so smart knowing where you were and where baby sissy was and now is. I'm so amazed! And you are a rockstar for walking around right after having a baby! I swear the thought of getting up for the first couple days was not on my mind and I sat down at the speed of a snail LOL. So, so happy for you and your family!

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  27. beautiful pictures! what a special bond they will have :)

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  28. Oh how I love these! So happy for your sweet family!!

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  29. These pictures are just the best! Such a sweet moment. Break my heart though asking you nightly to not leave her again, poor little lady. I love that you met her before walking into the room.

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  30. OMG! So sweet! :) We're planning to have our photographer friend be there when our boys meet for the first time! I'm so excited!!!!!

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  31. Oh! These photos are just priceless.

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  32. Sweetness. I love the idea of keeping Waverly away at first so you can bond with Avalon, but then meeting her in the lobby for a minute with just her before she meets baby sister. I'm going to remember that for future reference.

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  33. I seriously can't even handle the amount of love and cuteness that were captured in these pictures! Such beautiful moments! Xo, Stephanie

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  34. Oh my goodness, these pictures are treasures. So stinkin' cute and sweet!

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