brothers and sisters

Does anyone watch that show? I think I’m getting addicted. Wait. I was getting addicted before Ephraim arrived and instituted mandatory 7:30 bedtime. Oh well. That’s what season DVDs are for right?

I look at my two kids (that word again…whoa.) and try to wrap my brain around their sibling-hood. As soon as Ephraim was born I totally felt like he was ours. I had no issues feeling like his mommy or comprehending Brent as his daddy. Where I struggled though was with realizing that Sarah now had a brother. And she is a sister. The idea that Brent and I have brought two beings into this world that are related and connected and bonded for life is just so much bigger than me. I love looking at them and knowing that they’ll have each other for always. That they’ll be playmates and bickerers and confidantes and buddies. That they might one day stand at the other’s wedding. That they could swap phone calls at ungodly hours in the midst of crisis (or just typical college drama). That when Brent and I are gone they’ll have each other. That is so much bigger than me. Dang.

(after nap cuddles. I think I’ve been replaced.)

Moving on.

Ephraim and I are alone! We dropped Sarah off at JoJo and Papa’s house last night and they’re headed down to the beach today to help Lily celebrate her first birthday. I’m so sad that we won’t be there but so excited that Sarah is representing! She gets back on Tuesday (breathe mommy, breathe) and I’m kind of already counting down the hours. In the meantime though baby E and I are going to head to the mall to spend some GAP $$$ on drawstring pants (oh heaven!) and just generally enjoy soaking each other up. I’m looking forward to giving the little guy some undivided attention. We’re also going to spend the weekend finishing up our Christmas shopping, decorating the big tree and hanging out with my stepbrother Craig and his girlfriend, Megan (super-excited about that!).

One last thing before I head to the bathroom and attempt to present myself to the world and someone who is getting a decent amount of sleep. You guys are so amazing to me. If you knew how I looked forward to your comments you’d all blush and look away. I started this blog when Sarah was three months old and I feel like my level of connection to the outside world has increased exponentially from then until now. Thanks for that you guys.

AnonymousNovember 30, 2007 - 8:57 am

Erin…my name for you is “Wonderwoman”!!!

You have more energy than anyone I know. Going to the Mall, Christmas shopping and decorating the tree…!

You inspire me to stay at work today. (ha,ha)

Marcellina

meganNovember 30, 2007 - 9:03 am

They look so sweet together. I can’t wait to see my daughter cuddled up with a sibling one day. And another thing, I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say that we look forward to your posts just as much as you look forward to the comments.

AmyNovember 30, 2007 - 9:14 am

Thanks for being there for us! Even though we’re so many miles apart I feel connected though your blog (and talking on the phone, of course).

Don’t go too overboard this weekend. . .you’ll have some help in a few short days 🙂

Oh, and those pictures are so amazing and so sweet. They make my heart smile!

JoyceNovember 30, 2007 - 9:17 am

A new routine can be exciting and that is what you have…I can see all is well and you are enjoying your days.
Keep those photos coming, as I know I look forward to seeing them.
Happy Holidays to you all.
Love you….

JeanelleNovember 30, 2007 - 9:32 am

So so so sweet!

ROZNovember 30, 2007 - 10:14 am

Love to see the lovin’ that Sarah’s showering on Ephraim. So glad that you’re able to capture those moments. And you miss maam, are very amazing. I think you’re getting this parenting of 2 down to a tee. Enjoy your special time with your son!

AnonymousNovember 30, 2007 - 10:21 am

Thanks to you to put stars when you share you life like that with us…

This is an amazing present you do, and I think that is normal that god give you so much…

Hope I’m clear!

French mom!

CortniNovember 30, 2007 - 10:28 am

Aww, what a sweet post. Enjoy your time with your little boy while Sarah is out enjoying herself!

And of course,the pictures are precious and beautiful as always 🙂

XOXO,
Cortni

the larsonsNovember 30, 2007 - 11:00 am

Your blog is a blessing to us too – what precious KIDS you have.

JenniferNovember 30, 2007 - 11:17 am

Those pics are just soooo sweet!

I agree that we probably look as forward to your new stuff as you do our comments!! I fondly remember getting to see you (not often enough) when you would come visit the family, and us exchanging letters occasionally when you were still in high school. I am so glad for the miracle of blogs where I can keep up with you and ‘watch’ your kids grow up!!

You’ve grown into an amazing and special woman and I’m very proud to know you.

meganNovember 30, 2007 - 11:58 am

Oh, and while you’re shopping, you should stop to pick up this for baby Ephraim. He was the first person I thought of when I saw it because I remembered you mentioning Bren’s about his new job! :o)

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=7139&pid=521038&scid=521038032

A.K.November 30, 2007 - 12:10 pm

thank you for the blog- i look forward to looking at it everyday!

have so much fun with just one baby-i know your missing Sarah but i’m sure you’ll have a blast getting to know the ends and outs of your little one!

AnonymousNovember 30, 2007 - 12:20 pm

I’m am addicted to brothers and sisters….I love the show. And honestly some days it makes me what to have a bigger family….then reality hits:-) and I’m satisfied with 3. Enjoy your time…just the three of you! Amy T.

JessicaNovember 30, 2007 - 12:29 pm

You are such a precious person! I love the words you wrote here and in the email! Thank you for that! It’s good to know that I’m not alone in my crazy thoughts!

And what awesome pictures of your kiddos! It makes me all giddy to know that…hopefully….Sam will be as loving as Sarah is to our new little guys!!

erinNovember 30, 2007 - 1:09 pm

Megan, oh my gosh! I can’t believe they have those shirts there! We just got back from our trip and I literally wizzed through the baby section so I didn’t even see them. I guess we’ll be making another trip!

jsbebeNovember 30, 2007 - 1:33 pm

Seeing my kids grow up together and watching them bond is one of the greatest things in my life. Brady and Mary Rose are almost exactly 2 years apart and… when they were babies it was great, but it gets even better and better as they get older! And now with Jane we were talking about how the new baby won’t get to eat tangerines ( her new fav. thing!) like she can Jane said,” OH NO! I will save ’em for herr… for yatter.” She isn’t even a big sister yet, but she just knows how to be one because of her older siblings!
AND then when they are bigger you hear them conspiring against you! Its great! I love that my kids are such a team!!!

jsbebeNovember 30, 2007 - 1:36 pm

Jsbebe is me… Sharon. That was odd???

Susie PSUNovember 30, 2007 - 1:57 pm

Enjoy spending time with him, and don’t try to do TOO much!! Just enjoy his being.

rpstegmanNovember 30, 2007 - 3:28 pm

Like the posters above, I so look forward to reading about the adventures of Pigbear & now Baby E! (BTW, I lovingly refer to my little gal as Baby E.) Thank YOU for sharing your beautiful babies & life with us.

As always, you’ve captured such a darling moment! Snuggling is the best.

lucy'scousinNovember 30, 2007 - 3:45 pm

Congrats Erin and family.(I know, that is a little late!) I love reading your blog, your family is so precious. Thank you for sharing them with us!
With that said, all of your recent bloggings make me teary eyed and have given me some crazy baby fever!LOL.

~KimNovember 30, 2007 - 4:05 pm

You make me tired just reading your blog. I mean seriously, do you sell this energy in a bottle???? : )

I guess I should get off of here and do something constructive because you my friend have inspired me to do something.

The thanks goes to you!
~Kim

MarciNovember 30, 2007 - 4:49 pm

If you only knew how often I read your blog and have very similar thoughts, yours just come out so much better.

I’v recently became addicted to brothers and sisters too. Can’t wait for the wedding next weekend.

Enjoy the weekend with you and the little peanut.

AnonymousNovember 30, 2007 - 4:50 pm

Aww they are so beautiful. Both of them!

Erin, everyday I come to your blog and get so excited to see your photos. Your children are so beautiful and you are such an amazing person. You make me want to be a better Christian and better person.

Big hugs to ya, Momma!

Hope the time passes quickly till the Pigbear is home. Does Ephriem have a nickname yet?

-Candice St.Onge

J.J. KillinsNovember 30, 2007 - 7:14 pm

I’m so happy things are going along well…those sibling pictures are just amazing, and I can’t wait to see that in my own house sooner than I can imagine…thanks for the honest thoughts and always inspiring photos, friend.

DeniseNovember 30, 2007 - 8:50 pm

I am really enjoying your new mommy of 2 thoughts and am sending happy thoughts and prayers your way. 🙂

ShannonNovember 30, 2007 - 10:16 pm

Now the pictures of two are just the sweetest thing I have ever seen! Be very proud mommy & daddy!

Mom2DrewDecember 1, 2007 - 5:56 am

I wish my little andrew would hold his new brother like this…too cute. All he does is bop him on the head…too young still I guess. Love the BnW conversion.

ssclark01December 1, 2007 - 1:19 pm

He’s a nice baby.

Caroline

WendyDecember 1, 2007 - 7:36 pm

Erin- I am always in awe of how you write and take pictures. Keep it up! Sweet sweet babies you have.
I love brothers and sisters!! I have watched it from the first episode, and like a dork… I own the first season.

merDecember 1, 2007 - 8:57 pm

Erin, your family is beautiful! I love the picture of Sarah kissing Ephraim. You’re in for so many more sweet moments like that.

carolDecember 2, 2007 - 7:51 pm

Erin, Seeing those pictures remind me of when Sara first met her brother and sister – they were in the NICU and she was able to see them – she walked up to her brothers isolette (she was 3 1/2) and started to sing to him – what a wonderful feeling that is when a sibling shows that much love. It sounds like Sarah will show him all that love too.

AngieDecember 3, 2007 - 9:08 am

Just wait until Sarah makes Ephraim laugh. Oh my! Your heart will melt. It’s the most wonderful feeling watching your kids interact and love each other. And then one day, they’ll start causing TROUBLE with each other… ahhh, good times. Those times make for some rich blog posts! 🙂

And I check here way too frequently for new posts. If only I commented as often! It does make you feel loved, doesn’t it?!

lizDecember 3, 2007 - 10:14 am

I agree with Caroline – he’s a a nice baby. With an even nicer Mama!
Yeah, siblings ARE awesome, aren’t they? I’m calling my sister…
Also, YOU totally connect ME to the world! Thank YOU!!!

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