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! 🙂
*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!